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 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. The Orchestra will also explore the eclectic world of video gaming music with Wing Commander Suite, by George Oldziey, and music from the World of Warcraft. And there will be a few seats reserved within the Orchestra for a few lucky audience members who win a golden ticket!

Join Music Director Dr. Lois Ferrari and composer Michael Gilbertson for a pre-concert talk at 2 pm.

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.

Website Concert Sponsorship
The ACO thanks the Blackerby Violin Shop for being the website sponsor of this concert.

"Austin's premier string shop...where horse hair, catgut and tree sap never sounded so good."

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


Violin Auditions November 18
Auditions for several openings in the violin sections will be held November 18.  Contact Dr. Lois Ferrari if you are interested. Please pass on this information to those who may be good candidates.


Double Take by the Austin Civic Orchestra available on iTunes and Google Play!

Do you want to listen to the best selections of the Austin Civic Orchestra? Go to iTunes or Google Play to download our Double Take album. Tracks include Beethoven, Barber, and Tchaikovsky.


Gus Sterneman New ACO Assistant Conductor
Gus Sterneman has been named the new Assistant Conductor of the Austin Civic Orchestra.  Read about Gus here.


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.