Community Concerts

Community Concerts

“Christmas In the Community”

“Christmas in the Community” is a free community-wide event where brass, string, and woodwind ensembles of the Austin Symphony will canvass the Greater Austin area during the month of December. It is our mission to bring the sounds of the holidays to the community instead of the community coming to us. It is the ASO’s hope to reach more citizens of Central Texas than we have previously done with the Christmas Sing-Along. This project is a reworking of the Christmas Sing-a-long, a free single concert event limited to 2,800 seats that had been part of the Austin Symphony’s season for over two decades.

By taking the orchestra out of the concert hall and into public spaces, we expect to reach at least 7,500 people, introduce ourselves to new audiences.

In addition to the professional musicians of the Austin Symphony, we will also invite select student members of the Austin Youth Orchestra to perform in these ensemble concerts, as an educational component. These students will be part of the various ensembles playing across Austin, performing side-by-side with professional Austin Symphony musicians, gaining invaluable experience along the way

The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park”

  • Sunday evenings – June 4 – August 27, 2017 (except July 2nd)
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
  • Free admission

2017 Concert Schedule

In its 15th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from June 4th through August 27th (except July 2nd) 7:30 p.m. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing Sorry, no alcohol is allowed at these events.

The music and atmosphere will reflect a simpler time when performances of familiar classics in downtown gathering places were commonplace. It is the hope of the Hartman family that these free and very informal outdoor events will provide an opportunity for Austinites to become acquainted or reacquainted with the classical music experience. These enchanting outdoor park concerts, which last one hour, are an ideal opportunity for Austinites to enjoy some of the Capitol City’s greatest pleasures — the fine music presented by the Austin Symphony and the magnificent cityscape views of downtown Austin.

Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

On July 4th, more than 100,000 people gather at Auditorium Shores for the largest-ever Independence Day celebration in Austin. The Austin Symphony will be under the apt baton of Austin Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Bay. The Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks features patriotic music, the ever-popular 1812 Overture and spectacular fireworks over Lady Bird Lake.

The Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks — planned and produced entirely by the Austin Symphony Orchestra — is free and open to the public. The Austin Symphony will begin performing at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m., ending at 10:00 p.m. Come early, bring a picnic, claim a grassy spot and enjoy the patriotic music of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Concessions will be available on site. Sorry, alcohol and glass containers are not permitted in the park.