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Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Appalachian Spring

In April the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra used Aaron Copland’s ballet score Appalachian Spring as a catalyst for creating a new music-and-dance work under the guidance of internationally acclaimed Creative Director and guest artist Paul Rissmann, choreographer Carlie Angel and three ASO mentors.

Over the six days of the project 20 secondary students (14 music, 6 dance) from South Australia worked intensively toward creating a new performance piece in response to Copland’s masterpiece. The addition of dancers this year to choreograph and perform to the music that is composed during the week is an element that has not been included in any of these projects in Adelaide in the past.

The work was showcased by the ASO alongside Copland’s original ballet score in a concert on the evening of Thursday 18 April in Elder Hall.

The ASO believes investment in pre/primary school-aged children is crucial and our structured learning programs offer children positive and inspiring experiences with the arts at an early age.

The ASO’s family and learning program in 2019 includes Who Needs a Conductor anyway?, Dreams of Air and Flight, Teachers Symposium, The Bush Concert, Appalachian Spring Project, Rehearsals Unwrapped, Little Maestros, Earth Wind and Fire and Giddy Goat.