Austin Symphony Orchestra new “Christmas in the Community” free concerts

American’s regional symphony orchestra are the most intractable of arts organizations, largely inflexible resistant to change. Austin Symphony Orchestra is mostly no different.

For years — more than two decades, actually — ASO staged the same Christmas sing-along concert, a not-so-interfaith concert that for many of its years was presented in Riverbend Centre which is actually Riverbend Church.

But instead this year, ASO launches “Christmas in the Community,” a series of 12 free concerts held around the city featuring different ensembles of the orchestra. M4034S-4211

The reason, ASO announced was that the long held one-off sing-along “limited attendance to just 3,000 people, while the new program, with more diverse locations and times, will be able to reach far more.”

Yes, the new program will. In far west Austin, Riverbend Centre isn’t even on public transportation routes. ASO’s new “Christmas in the Community” — if still not an interfaith holiday program — now brings the music to a much wider audience. For free, too.

“Christmas in the Community” schedule:
12 noon, Dec. 5, Austin City Hall
12 noon, Dec. 6, Montopolis Recreation Center
1 p.m. Dec. 6, Macy’s at Barton Creek Mall
1 p.m. Dec. 9, Macy’s at the Domain
7 p.m. Dec. 10, Mexican American Cultural Center
1 p.m. Dec. 15,  Wilhelmina Delco Center
6:30 p.m. Dec. 17, George Washington Carver Museum
1 p.m. Dec. 18,  Asian American Resource Center
10:30 a.m. Dec. 19, Gus Garcia Recreation Center
1 p.m. Dec. 19, Macy’s at Lakeline Mall
12 noon, Dec. 22, Texas State Capitol


Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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