Begun in 1911, the Austin Symphony Orchestra is the Texas capital’s longest-running performing arts organization. And with an array of community offerings that include a Christmas Sing-Along, an annual, free July 4th Concert, and free “Concerts in the Park” featuring small ensembles, the ASO’s relevance will likely continue for many years more.
While the orchestra offers balanced mix of powerhouse classical repertoire and engaging pops performances, the organization takes part in numerous school education programs. Important public programs include its partnership with the Austin Youth Orchesetra and the newly established Annual Young Composers Competition for Texas composers aged 18 and under.
Additionally, free “Concert Conversations” at 7:10 p.m. precede each Classical Concert performance.
Austin Symphony Orchestra Information
- Other Venues: Riverbend Centre, 4214 Capital of Texas Hwy; Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
- Public Transportation: Good for Dell Hall and the Palmer Events Center (a short walk from buses 5, 110, and 484 at South 1st Street/Riverside Drive, and bus 30 at Barton Springs Road/Bouldin Avenue). Poor for Riverbend Centre
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good at all venues
- Performances/Programs: 16 programs, 26 concerts; includes a children’s program and free community concert
- Ticket Prices: For Classical and Pops Concerts, prices range from $19-$48; general admission seats for the Halloween Children’s Concert are $8 for children and $12 for adults. $5 “Rush” tickets for high school and college students are available 20 minutes prior to the start of Dell Hall performances
- Group Discounts: Groups of 10-39 people receive a 15% discount; groups totaling 40 or more receive 25% off; one complimentary ticket for groups of 20 or more
- Subscriptions: Season tickets for Classical Concerts range from $164-$369; Pops Concert subscriptions run from $92-$160.