The orchestra performs a series of Masterworks Concerts, two sets of A.I.M. (Adventures in Music) Concerts for all area fourth and fifth grade students, Pops Concerts including Peppermint Pops which is broadcast live on WALB-TV and an annual Celebration Concert held in the sanctuary of the historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church. In the fall of 1996, the Albany Symphony was a founding member of OPERAlbany, a cooperative project to present live, staged opera in South Georgia. In 1998, the Albany Symphony Association received statewide recognition from the Georgia Association of Arts Agencies for its Celebration Concert performed at Mt. Zion Baptist Church highlighting the achievements of African American musicians in classical music. Additionally, the Albany Symphony has received multiple recognitions for adventurous programming by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publications (ASCAP) and the League of American Orchestras.
The Albany Symphony collaborates regularly with many diverse organizations and agencies in the region. The orchestra has participated with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce in its hosting of the Red Carpet of Georgia tour. The orchestra has additionally partnered with the SOWEGA Council on Aging’s Elder Abuse Awareness program, Albany’s annual King Celebration, Phoebe Putney Hospital’s Gala Fundraising event with Debbie Reynolds, the Southeast Alabama Dance Company’s Nutcracker production, as well as collaborations with numerous area colleges and universities.
Ensembles from the Albany Symphony perform regularly throughout the region as a part of the orchestra’s Symphony a la Carte program, which makes available music for all occasions as a service to the community. For more information call 229.430.6799.