In Wednesday’s (5/19) Birmingham News (Alabama), Michael Huebner writes, “The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will make its Carnegie Hall debut on May 10, 2012, at the second annual Spring for Music Festival. The Birmingham-based orchestra will join the Houston Symphony, Edmonton, New Jersey, Milwaukee and Nashville Symphonies for the six-day festival, which takes place May 7-12, 2012, at the famed New York venue. Orchestras are selected based on repertoire originality, innovation, geography, quality of orchestra and conductor and overall institutional identity, and are chosen from members of the League of American Orchestras. ASO’s program will likely lean toward strengths it has honed during Music Director Justin Brown’s tenure, including new music and Beethoven. Spring for Music is a concentrated festival funded by grants from several sources, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Daniel and Jan Lewis, Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest and the Irving Harris Foundation. … The inaugural 2011 festival will be held May 6-14, and will feature the Orpheus and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal and Toledo, Albany, Dallas and Oregon Symphonies.”

Posted May 21, 2010