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Biography
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra invites you to share Music in the Key of A2®, in this our 81st year of continuous music-making for Ann Arbor and environs.

Founded in 1928, we played our first major program in November 1931. By 1935 the orchestra was organized as part of Ann Arbor’s Parks and Recreation Department. In 1941 Joseph Maddy (founder of Interlochen Music Camp) conducted this orchestra of talented amateur musicians. Since 1986, the A2SO has been a fully professional orchestra, first under the baton of Carl St.Clair, followed by Samuel Wong. In 2000, Arie Lipsky was the unanimous choice to lead our orchestra into the new century. Under Lipsky’s inspired leadership and music making, the A2SO has been favorably compared to both the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

This season we release the recording of our first commercial CD, produced by Naxos Records, featuring the music of Paul Fetler on the “American Classics” series. The digital version will be available in September and the CD will be available in December.

Education and outreach are key components of your A2SO’s mission. Our in-school educational programs and Youth Concerts reached over 46,000 area students last year. We are an official Partner for Excellence with the Ann Arbor Public Schools, and we continue to create standard-setting youth concert curricula that teach students about music while reinforcing vital skills such as literacy, logic, and pattern recognition. Preconcert lectures plus readable, information-rich program notes (also available in large type) and “Program Notes for Kids” help create an informed, discerning audience of life-long learners. Our KinderConcerts for toddlers, Afternoon Delights series for seniors and the Dead Composers Society, a vibrant group of 21- to 39-year-olds, further highlight our broader commitment to our community.
 
The A2SO is well supported by individuals, foundations, and local businesses. The community’s commitment to preserving the financial security of your A2SO is evident in the success of our ongoing Musician Chair Sponsorship Program, the number of VIP corporate honor roll businesses and the support we receive as an Anchor Organization from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. 

Last year more than 100 volunteers logged in over 1,500 hundred hours of service to ensure a successful season. We take pride in a dedicated group of board members who come from all spheres of experience. Combining the artistic excellence from the stage with community commitment, dedicated board, volunteers and staff, your A2SO looks forward to our next opportunity to celebrate with you the musical hub of our community – Music in the Key of A2.
 

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