ASO opener to feature spooky sounds

Published 11:10 am Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Austin High School student Jacob Crosby, left, practices with the Austin Symphony Orchestra Monday night. The orchestra begins its 55th season this Sunday. — Trey Mewes/

The Austin Symphony Orchestra is starting its 55th season with a bang and clatter this Sunday.The upcoming ASO show, “Once Upon a Time,” will feature former ASO director Phil Burkhart and renowned musicians Linda Tutas Haugen and Keith Bear.

“It’s a festive start to the season,” said ASO director Stephen Ramsey.

The orchestra will play five pieces in keeping with the reflective mood of fall. Morton Gould’s “American Salute” features several familiar Civil War-era pieces with flair. Saint-Saens “Dance Macabre,” featuring a haunting violin solo, along with the “Funeral March of a Marionette,” may spook audiences.

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Haugen and Bear will be on hand to perform “The Fable of Old Turtle,” a book by Doug Wood that Haugen set to music. Haugen has written for a variety of vocal and instrumental genres, including chamber music, orchestral, solo voice, choral, opera, and wind ensemble. Her music has received critical acclaim. Bear is a world-renowned Mandan-Hidatsa storyteller and musician from Three Affiliated Tribes in Fort Berthold, N.D. In addition to being a solo flute player, he practices the art of flute making.

The show will finish with the “Lord of the Rings” inspired Symphony No. 1 by Johann Meij, completing a show full of tales and legends.

“It’s the time of year that invites us to reflect on stories,” Ramsey said.

The show starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at Knowlton Auditorium at Austin High School. Tickets and more information are available at or call Marge Dunlap at 507-433-5647.