The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is a semi-professional symphony orchestra located in Anchorage, Alaska. An orchestra is an instrumental ensemble, usually fairly large with string brass woodwind sections and possibly a percussion section as well Alaska ( Аляска Alyaska) is a state in the United States of America, in the northwest of the North American continent
The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1946, more than a decade before Alaska became a state, by a consortium of like-minded musicians looking for a musical outlet. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Their first program collaborated with the Anchorage Little Theatre for a production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol in Prose Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (commonly known as A Christmas Carol) is a Novella by Charles Dickens From their original size of 17, the ASO grew through the 50's, hiring Peter Birch as conductor, and increasing to 32 members. Anchorage, however, continued to grow with the development of the City of Anchorage as the North Slope oil fields grew and with the continued military presence of Elmendorf Air Force Base, the ASO by the 1980s crossed the threshold as a semi-professional ensemble. Prudhoe Bay (ˈpruːdoʊ is a Census-designated place (CDP located in North Slope Borough in the U Elmendorf Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base adjacent to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. Today the organization boasts of an endowment, a board of directors, and 80 audition-entranced musicians in its ranks. A financial endowment is a Transfer of Money or Property donated to an Institution, usually with the stipulation that it be invested In 2001, the symphony garnered the Mayor's Arts Award for an Outstanding Arts Organization and the Governor's Arts Award for an Outstanding Arts Organization.
The Anchorage Symphony performs in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Anchorage. The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts is a performance venue in downtown Anchorage in the U