While hired by Walt Disney World in 2009, AOC were introduced to Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Pops conductor, Christopher Confessore and a relationship of mutual admiration was born. A second chance meeting happened several months later in the tiny upstairs room of a well known Nashville coffee shop. After meeting the band, Grammy-nominated arranger, Don Hart (having collaborated with Trey Anastasio of Phish, Amy Grant, Martina McBride, and others) became interested in working with Act of Congress and called Hunstville Youth Symphony Conductor, Joseph Lee to suggest a proposal. An agreement was then made between the three that a grant would be written funding Don’s orchestral arrangements original Act of Congress songs from their critically acclaimed album, Declaration. The band would play a gratis performance, but would maintain ownership of the orchestration charts. Word of this successful collaboration spread 100 miles south to Confessore, who convinced the ASO board to schedule a joint concert with Act of Congress and Pops Concert veterans, “Three on a String.” The concert was held at the historic Alabama Theatre in 2011 and again was a success. More symphonic opportunities began to open up for Act of Congress. Less than a year after the ASO Pops concert, Joseph Lee, who had just taken over the Sewanee Symphony invited the band to the “University of the South” for a special performance. A month later, the band was invited to Montgomery where the prestigious Alabama Music Educators Association conference to perform for the second time with the HYO. Then, in December 2012, “An Alabama Christmas,” a full length concert featuring Act of Congress and the Alabama Symphony was performed, once again, at Birmingham’s Alabama Theatre. The show was considered one of the most successful ASO Pops concerts of the season. 2013 opened up more opportunities for growth with performances with the Murfreesboro symphony and original Christmas orchestral performances for a 30k plus member church. 2014 provided for AOC to complete their original music chart library, with a full thirteen song “Bluegrass with A Twist” concert. In October, AOC performed a third time with the ASO. The collaboration was the highest grossing event yet. Then, a week later the collaboration continued with a headline performance celebrating the visit of the 14th Dali Lama. Act of Congress has developed a top tier concert performance that will leave your musicians fulfilled, and your audience on their feet. AOC is now booking for the 2015-2016 Pops Concert Season. Check out our “Charts” page for samples. Check out our “Music” page for high quality audio samples with full charts.
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