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The idea of the Alberta Symphony Orchestra was born in the summer of 2014 when Pianist & Conductor Emilio De Mercato was on tour in Italy performing with the Musica in Cripta Chamber Orchestra, a formation that he founded.

ASO Founder Emilio De Mercato came back to Edmonton and hosted the ASO’s first official presentation on November 30, 2014. It was at this intimate reception at Edmonton’s Santa Maria Goretti Community Centre that Emilio shared his vision of the ASO.

A few months later, in April 2015, Music Director Emilio De Mercato, together with a group of enthusiastic people, founded the Alberta Symphony Orchestra Society.

In November 2015, the ASO became a registered charity at Canada Revenue Agency.

Support from the first wonderful donors made it possible to commence the ASO’s first season and first two tours – both provincially and nationally.

The Premiere Tour was a series of 10 concerts in 10 cities throughout Alberta.

The Stradivarius Tour consisted of concerts in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. This second tour featured the Stradivarius Violin 1715 “ex Bazzini” for the first time ever in Canada.

Sold-out concerts on both tours solidified the ASO’s dream of being the orchestra for all Albertans. People loved classical music and there was an appetite for more!

In December 2015, the ASO hosted the Benefit Concert for Fort McMurray at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, raising money to rebuild wildfire devastation.

The ASO ended their season with the stunning finale performance at Edmonton’s Celebrate the Season Festival at the Alberta Legislature.

Those performances throughout the year, in addition to private events for various organizations, put the ASO at over 30 performances in their first season.