Category: ACO Insights

ACO Introduces “Behind the Baton” Podcast Series

Welcome to Behind the Baton featuring conversations with Conductor, David Amado, ACO musicians, and more. In this inaugural session, David Amado and Executive Director, Cindy Roden discuss the upcoming season and the challenges of how to plan when you can’t plan! Listen Here

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Treasure Coast Symphony

Students of the Treasure Coast Symphony received side by side coaching with musicians from the Atlantic Classical Orchestra thanks to the generous support of Women Supporting the Arts, the Arts Foundation for Martin County, and the Stuart Friends of the ACO.  Based on 6 years of success, including positive feedback from the student musicians, professional mentors,

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A BIT ABOUT BEETHOVEN

Emily Ruth Allen, Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology (Florida State University) Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) is one of the most well-known figures from the Western classical tradition. He is considered a leading figure in the transition from classical styles (think Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) to romantic ones. Beethoven’s style, of course, was ever-changing, so his career is

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Prokofiev. Greatest Powerhouse of the 20th Century!

Our guest artist, Alon Goldstein and his thoughts on Prokofiev. German culture – it’s strong influence and how composers found new sources of inspiration.  This whole period is very interesting, from the beginning of the 20th century, about 1890 until 1914. There was a very interesting transition where the musical world was so influenced by Strauss

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Brahms. Sunny, Pastoral and Hair-Raising!

SUNNY.  PASTORAL. HAIR-RAISING! Okay, Johannes Brahms.  Johannes Brahms is one of classical music’s grumpiest composers so he really just had a problem with other people.  There’s a great story of him leaving a party, and he turned to the assembled guests and said if there’s anyone I haven’t offended I apologize and he walked out. 

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Mozart No. 40 …. High-Voltage Drama!

Mozart High-Voltage Drama! Mozart was a fast worker.  In the summer of 1788, he wrote his final three symphonies—each one a monument of classical style.  His 40th symphony, the middle of those three, is one of only two symphonies in his entire output of 41 that is in a minor key—that is under 5% minor. 

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Mozart’s Only Concerto for Harp

So Rare. So Incredibly Beautiful. So Mozart. In 1778, Mozart visited Paris for the second time. He found himself employed, partly, by a flutist— aristocrat to teach composition to his harp-playing daughter. She was, by Mozart’s account, a wonderful harpist and an awful composer. Her dad commissioned Mozart to write a concerto for the two of them—a

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Serenades … Anything Goes!

Mozart wrote 13 serenades— four of which have a reference to ‘night’ in the title—including the one we are playing on Masterworks 3—Serenata Notturna. The word ‘serenade’ has lots of baggage. Originally a lightweight, outdoor, and ~serene~ piece, it calls to mind a guy and his after-hours strumming of a lute under the window of

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Amado on Amadeus

Did you know that Mozart rarely revised what he wrote?  Or that he proposed marriage to Marie Antoinette?  Find out more about the fascinating life of Amadeus in the latest ACO Insights with David Amado!

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What’s Better Than Chocolate?

We’ve got something better than chocolate! Music Director, David Amado gives us some insights on what makes this next Masterworks Series, Songs & Dances, a great choice for Valentine’s Day!  

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ACO Insights – Choir Directors of the Ode to Joy

This January three communities are coming together to perform one of the most significant works in Western music, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Three choirs from across the Treasure Coast, as well as four soloists from the Palm Beach Opera, will join the Atlantic Classical Orchestra for this inspiring concert. The ACO met up with choir

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