Past and Present

Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 3 pm

Anderson High School Performing Arts Center
The Austin Civic Orchestra opens its 2014-2015 season with Past and Present on September 28. The concert will embrace our classical roots with with Ludwig van Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony and will explore the future with several pieces both from the present and recent past. Featured will be this year’s winner of the ACO Composition Contest: Michael Gilbertson’s Tragedy Tomorrow. Also on the program will be "Anthem" from the musical Chess, composed by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, both formerly with the rock band ABBA. The Orchestra will also explore the eclectic world of video gaming music with Wing Commander Suite, by George Oldziey, and the World of Warcraft Suite. And there will be a few seats reserved within the Orchestra for a few lucky audience members who win a golden ticket!

This concert will be performed in memory of Pamela Gearhart, conductor Emeritus at the Ithaca College School of Music.


Concert Sponsorship
The ACO thanks  Louise Morse for underwriting this concert.

Upcoming Events
Click Season Calendar to view our upcoming concerts.

Thanks to our 2014-2015 sponsors!
· The Austinot   · KMFA Radio
· Benke Piano
  · Mary Moody Northen Theatre
· Blackerby Violin Shop
  · Neon Ambition Marketing
· Capital Music Center
  · Orpheus Academy of Music
· Do512
  · Sarofim School of Fine Arts
· Forest Family Dentistry
  · SearchRPM
· Global Printing Solutions
  · Silver Wings Music
· Hill Country Pet Sitters
  · Strait Music
· HomeCity Real Estate   · Tank Town Rainwater Collection
· Jan Hill Mortgage   · Violins Etc
· Jennifer Kinard Elliott CFP


This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at


News & Notes


2014 American Prize

Both the ACO and conductor Lois Ferrari have been named finalists for the 2014 American Prize! See the list of community orchestra finalists here and the list of conducting finalists here.


Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Competition

Calling all talented youth! The Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Competition is now accepting applications. This is a chance to win college scholarship assistance and to play with a full symphony orchestra. For more information, visit the competition's webpage here.


Auditions for ACO

Would you like to play with the Austin Civic Orchestra?  Auditions for the violin and string bass sections will be held on August 19th at Westlake High School.

Please e-mail Dr. Lois Ferrari if you are interested in auditioning at that time.  Click here for more information on auditioning.


Arts Eclectic
Big thanks to Mike Lee and  KUT Austin for featuring the ACO on Arts Eclectic on April 24! Our Music Director, Lois Ferrari, got to sit down and talk about our concert on April 26th, Texas Rising Stars. Click the link below to listen to the whole interview:



Check out the newsletter about the Texas Rising Stars concert!