An Andy and Bing Christmas!

Orchestra lovers,

This Sunday you have a chance to experience everything merry and bright about the Holiday season! Here is a little information about this upcoming concert from the guest artists themselves!

CHRISTMAS CITIES – If they’re not in your parents or grandparents’ record collection for the holidays, you’re probably hitting them on Spotify or Pandora -- the classic Andy Williams Christmas Album and Bing Crosby's Merry Christmas album. Now both sentimental seasonal gems come to life onstage. Former U of M football star and Pro Super Bowl Champion Ben Utecht* and soul rock singer and impresario Mick Sterling transform into Andy and Bing, with a little help from a 19-piece orchestra – including five classy, red-dressed female singers -- for their fourth annual An Andy & Bing Christmas.

“When people are asked what their favorite Christmas albums are, the vast majority of people often mention two albums – the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby Christmas records,” says Mick Sterling. “These nostalgic songs are timeless, and our very large group brings them to life in a vibrant way. We both fear and respect this material, which is a very good thing.”

“Even though these are tough arrangements and the vocal harmonies are very intricate and difficult, our ensemble does a great job of honoring the songs -- not imitating them -- because they are such a perfect reflection of the holiday season,” Sterling explains. “And, if you’re short of ideas this year for the favorite folks on your list, Andy and Bing tickets make a great gift!

“This year’s concerts will also offer something new,” adds Utecht. “We are doing a new medley featuring all the women singers -- 5-7 songs that will be a real showstopper for the new season.  As tough as this material is to perform, it’s way easy to enjoy! And kids from 1 to 92 really seem to enjoy it. Our audiences are filled with families and children who have heard these songs either on the KOOL 108 Christmas station, or in their favorite holiday movies, so it’s not new material for the kids. But it is new to see it live onstage.”

With Andy & Bing, there’s a lot of Christmas spirit – and visual pageantry -- to soak in, from the delightful choral singers led by Cate Fierro and a full string section to a full array of percussion and a magnificent 4-piece horn section. Hear The Elegance Orchestra perform classic Andy Williams treatments of "Happy Holidays,”” Jingle Bells,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and more alongside timeless Bing Crosby favorites including "Mele Kalikimaka," "Christmas in Killarney" and, of course, “White Christmas.”

Sarah Chang Television Spot

Good evening orchestra lovers,

I wanted to check in with our amazing followers tonight about the amazing TV spots that have been on the cable affiliates the past couple of days.  I know if you are like me, I never am watching actual cable!  Also if you are connecting with me you NEED to be able to get the important information about the Symphony's final concert of the season.  This spot is wonderful because it gives you what repertoire is being performed, our superb guest artist, as well as how to get tickets.  I have been trying to get the word out to remind people to get their tickets ahead of time to save $5!  

I love to hear about how people are getting excited about the upcoming concert.  So leave a comment or get in touch with us!  We would love to hear from you!  

Regards,

Morgan Dickman 

Austin, MN Symphony Orchestra Board President

 

Double the Fun

Dear friends,

We have some exciting news: At our December concert, another offer was made to match $5,000 in donations to the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The additional $10,000 would provide critical support to future programming, guest artists, scholarships, and other activities, and we're over the moon just thinking about it!

Here's the catch: we must receive $5,000 in order to receive the match. This means we're relying on you, our stellar community members and ASO fans, to help us. Please consider donating whatever you can to help us raise these much-needed funds for our local symphony orchestra, and rest assured that any amount helps!

help us to $5000

WANTED:

Who: The Austin Symphony Orchestra needs musicians of all kinds, but especially bassoon, clarinet, trombone, and string players.

When: Auditions are Monday, January 11th from 4-5pm and after 6pm. Our next concert is February 28th (2pm) and rehearsals run Monday nights from 7 to 9:30pm. 

Where: Auditions and rehearsals take place in the Austin High School band room, and the concert will take place at Knowlton Auditorium.

Why: Because you love music, and we'd love to play with you! 

How: Contact Laura Larson at lalarson89@yahoo.com or 507.206.9217.