Release Date: July 13,2020

ASO Interlude Season - Our Gift to the Community

July 13, 2020, Akron - The Akron Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the ASO Interlude Season - Akron Symphony’s Gift to the Community, which is designed to share free music throughout the Northeast Ohio community.

The season, which will run from August 2020 through May 2021, will feature ASO artists performing live, small-ensemble music experiences with a wide variety of community partners. The previously announced 2020-21 concert season has been moved forward to the 2021-22 season.

“The Interlude Season will ensure that the Orchestra continues to fulfill its mission to the community by providing unprecedented access to music,” said Paul Jarrett, Executive Director.

During the season, ASO musicians will provide free performances with numerous collaborative partners, including the Akron Art Museum, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Akron Public Schools, Akron-Summit County Public Library, the Akron Zoo, International Institute of Akron, Jilly’s Music Room, Love Akron, Mustard Seed Market & Café, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Summa Health, the Summit County Historical Society, and Tuesday Musical Association.

“Our Interlude Season fully embraces the opportunity for the artists of the Akron Symphony to engage with the community on a level that is unprecedented in the history of the Orchestra. Live music is inspirational, comforting and unifying, and strengthens a community on a level that is needed now more than ever. We look forward to the coming months as we work with our community partners — both familiar and new — to share the gift of music throughout Northeast Ohio in a way that is accessible to all,” said Music Director Christopher Wilkins.

In addition, the Orchestra will develop digital content, including educational programs designed for classroom teachers, music teachers and adult education that will be accessible at no charge through our website and social media channels.

“On behalf of the working musicians of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Committee would like to thank Executive Director Paul Jarrett, our management, Board of Trustees, Local 24, and the American Federation of Musicians for enabling a collaborative environment to help create this innovative plan to enrich the lives of our Akron community,” said Rob Kistler, Orchestra Committee Chair and Principal Percussionist. “We look forward to the opportunity to reach out to all areas and demographics of the City of Akron and Northeast Ohio, and are honored to share our gift of music during these unprecedented times.”

ASO patrons and subscribers who currently have tickets for the 2020–21 season will have their subscriptions moved to the 2021–22 season automatically, ensuring their seats for when the Orchestra returns to performing at E.J. Thomas Hall. 

To learn more about becoming a community partner during our Interlude Season or to make your own suggestion as to where you would like to hear us perform, visit For any other questions, please contact the Symphony Office by email at or by phone at 330.535.8131.