Louisiana’s Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has announced the launch this season of Symphony of Elements, a three-year artistic program in which each concert will link thematically to the elements of water, fire and earth. This season, focused on the element of water, will open on September 21 at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette with a program featuring Smetanas’s Má Vlast: Vltava, set to photochoreography featuring images of the Czech Republic’s Vltava River; the concert also includes Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with pianist Viktor Valkov. In October, ASO will premiere a commissioned piece, The Legacy of Atchafalaya, by Glenn McClure; the work marks the beginning of the orchestra’s three-year partnership with the Evangeline Area Council Scouts of America and highlights the Scouts’ Atchafalaya new preservation project. The season will conclude in April with “Water Music,” a program featuring Arvo Pärt’s liturgical piece Fratres, at St. John’s Cathedral in Lafayette. The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra is affiliated with the Acadiana Conservatory of Music in Lafayette; it performs orchestra and chamber-music concerts throughout the Lafayette region, including churches and schools in New Iberia, Abbeville, and Crowley.

Posted August 22, 2013