The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra--- founded in 1954---has worked hard over the past 50+ years to establish a reputation for excellence. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra ("ASO") is dedicated to providing quality, affordable and accessible music in the greater Metropolitan area of Northern Virginia. The ASO also strives to foster a life-long appreciation of symphonic music in area children through arts and music education in schools. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra supports thematic and inter-arts programming with a mixture of contemporary music and classical pieces. The ASO prides itself on powerful performances under the directorship of Kim Allen Kluge.
The ASO is fully professional with a budget of $750,000 earned through ticket sales and program book advertising. (The ASO also receives many contributions from public and private donors, foundations and generous individuals.)
The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra produces eight concerts (five regular season, the Alexandria Birthday Concert, the Holiday Concert, and the Children's Festival). The ASO also arranges concerts for Alexandria public school students in June.
In 2002, the ASO moved to the critically acclaimed Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. The Schlesinger Center is metro accessible and located on the Alexandria Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. This center was designed by world-class acoustical engineers to achieve an atmosphere of sound that is perfect for musical concerts. The concert hall is relatively small, seating only about one thousand people. It features unobstructed views from every seat. The size of the view, the acoustics and the intimacy of the venue ensure a wonderful experience for concert goers.