The Alabama Symphony Orchestra is hosting its 2020 Maestro’s Ball as a virtual New Year’s Eve event that is free and open to the public.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m., Dec. 31., and include a variety of music played by the orchestra and conducted by Music Director Carlos Izcaray and Principal POPS! Conductor Chris Confessore, in addition to a performance by the Youth Orchestra conducted by its music director and ASO assistant conductor, Kevin Fitzgerald.
Commenting on presenting the ball digitally this year, Izcaray said, “The orchestra has delighted audiences across Alabama for almost 100 years, and during times like these when we look for joy and community, we need music now more than ever. Because of this, we are thrilled that we are able to give this gift of music to all Alabamians.”
The Maestro’s Ball is the orchestra’s largest annual fundraiser and supports the orchestra’s many artistic performances, its arts education initiatives and outreach programs throughout the year to patrons, students and families across the state. On average, ASO educational programs serve more than 15,000 students and 250 schools each year.
For more information about the ball or to make a donation, visit alsymphony.org/MaestrosBall.
Since the pandemic began in March, the orchestra has had to cancel or postpone more than 100 concerts and programs.
ASO Interim Executive Director and General Manager Mark Patrick said, “While COVID-19 has certainly brought its challenges to our organization, it’s also given us new opportunities to connect with patrons virtually across the state and beyond.”