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Abilene Philharmonic’s Mini Season Subscription

Just in time to give the perfect Christmas gift, our mini season subscriptions are now available!


Mini season subscriptions are a great way to enjoy your Philharmonic all while saving 10% off single ticket prices. Mini Season Subscriptions include 4 concerts, 2 pops and 2 masterworks concerts. If purchased before December 7th, the date of the Christmas Pops Concert, you will have the option to pick 4 out of the 5 remaining concerts of the season.

Not only will you be receiving tickets to extraordinary music in Abilene, but your purchase will go further to make a positive impact on our community. Every $2 raised in new mini season subscriptions will be matched by $3 from the Dian Graves Owen Foundation. Additionally, these same mini subscriptions will be matched $1 for $1 with a contribution to the Abilene Philharmonic Foundation from an anonymous donor (up to $50,000). These additional funds are important to help continue the mission of the Abilene Philharmonic but will also help continue the many education and outreach programs such as our Abilene Youth Orchestra, Discover Music Children Concert Series, instrument petting zoos and much more.

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Discover Music Children’s Concert Series-SOLD OUT!

We are so excited to say that our Discovery Music Series this year was SOLD OUT!!!


The Discover Music concerts series began the week of October 21st and lasted over the course of two days. This year we saw over 6,600 3rd-5th grade students that represent 28 schools. The Discover Music Children’s Concert Series has been an integral part of the Abilene Philharmonic mission since 1955. It provides TEKS classroom curriculum for region 14 music teachers and a six to eight week active learning experience for third through fifth graders that ends in a live orchestra concert. For many of these students, it is their first time experiencing a live symphony orchestra performance.

This year's theme "Texas Cowboys at the Philharmonic" focused on the melodies that shaped the Wild West. The performance featured The Cowboys Overture by John Williams, "On the Trail" from the Grand Canyon Suite by Grofe, and Aaron Copeland's Rodeo Suite. Something new to this year's concert is that the Rodeo Suite was accompanied by photos of rodeo scenes that were choreographed to music. These photos were projected on a large 40' x 10' screen over the orchestra provided for free by Westerwater Arts.

The Discover Music Concerts don’t just happen overnight. It takes several months of preparation between Abilene Philharmonic staff and Abilene ISD to develop a curriculum guide for teachers to use with their students in the classroom to help prepare them for the culmination of these concerts. The concert provides these students with a real-life connection to the lessons they have been studying all semester long. As a music educator himself, Maestro Itkin does a tremendous job hosting the concert and making the students feel welcome at the Convention Center.

The Discover Music Children's Concert Series sparks inspiration and an interest in classical music. It helps lay a foundation for lifelong learning and the enjoyment of music. It begins developing an appreciation for the arts and culture when students are at a critical age of influence. For some schools located in more rural communities, there is not a designated music teacher and this program serves as their only resource to providing a high-quality music education program.

Thank you, this year’s sponsors,: AEP, AISD, HEB, and our Annual Fund Donors that continue to make this program possible and ensuring that we provide high quality music education programs for students in the Big Country. If you want to learn more about being a sponsor for the Discover Music Children’s Concert, please contact us at (325) 677-6710 or visit our website at

Storybook Saturday with Amit Peled

You may have heard of our first guest artist being a world-renowned cellist, but did you know he is also a children’s book author.


“A Cello Named Pablo”, written by Amit Peled is the story of a Amit Peled and his journey with the cello and legacy of the great Pablo Casals. Amit Peled will be performing a reading of his book on Saturday, September 28 th at 12:00 p.m., following his reading will be a book signing.

Also, get a chance to take a sneak peek into what an Abilene Philharmonic rehearsal looks like and quietly watch as the Philharmonic rehearses Masterworks I: The Heavenly Life from 10-12 p.m. at the Abilene Convention Center.

Tickets are $10 for a family and registration is required to attend Storybook Saturday. To register visit at

Masterclass with Amit Peled, cello

Join us for our first Masterclass of the 2019-2020 Season on Friday, September 27 th at 4:00 p.m.


This is a once in lifetime opportunity to learn from world-renowned cellist, Amit Peled! Masterclass topics can include instrument specific instruction, how to practice, how to win an audition, what it means to be an arts administrator, and many other things related to the orchestra field. This unique opportunity allows for students participating to engage with the artist, ask questions and learn best practices.

Students, musicians and anyone interested in participating in our Masterclass, please contact (325) 677-6710. This event is FREE and open to the public. The Masterclass will be held at the Abilene Philharmonic office located at 1102 North 3 rd St. Suite C.

Amit Peled Performing Journey With My Jewishness

This season opens up with a special recital presented by Abilene Christian University featuring renowned cellist Amit Peled, performing Journey With My Jewishness.


This powerful and compelling program follows Amit Peled's personal, musical, and spiritual journey. From his childhood growing up in a small kibbutz in Israel and listening to his mother singing the traditional tune "Eli Eli," to playing Max Bruch's "Kol Nidrei" as a young cellist and personally connecting with the Yom Kippur message, Amit explores the ups and downs of life and the desire to balance tradition, identity, and self-expression. Among other works, the program features Mark Kopytman's heart-wrenching "Kaddish" and Ernest Bloch's beloved three scenes "From Jewish Life." Amit's effective personal narrative in conjunction with a selection of deeply moving works and a passionate performance provokes a personal spiritual journey for each member of the audience. You won't leave the concert hall as the same person you were when you walked in.

Join us for an intimate pre-concert Meet and Greet with Amit Peled. Enjoy visiting with the guest artist, David Itkin, Music Director for the Philharmonic and other guests while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Tickets for the Meet and Greet including performance are $35. General Admission recital tickets: $15.

Tickets can be purchased online here

Journey With My Jewishness Presented by: Abilene Christian University
featuring Amit Peled, cello
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:30PM
Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
ACU Dr, Abilene, TX 79601

Instrument Petting Zoo

The CALF Festival 2019 was a huge success, and the Philharmonic of Abilene is grateful to have participated by providing the instrument petting zoo.


During the 2019 Calf Festival, we had over 2,500 kids that were able to learn more about music and take part in exploring new instruments that they don’t have the chance to learn about on a normal day. 

We hosted the Instrument Petting Zoo at our new Philharmonic offices downtown and enjoyed hosting people in this space. Giving children the chance to try out various string and brass instruments is a passion of ours at the Philharmonic and the CALF Festival in Abilene is just another great avenue to provide these opportunities to our community.

The Abilene Philharmonic is grateful to have provided the Instrument Petting Zoo this year, and we look forward to the years to come partnering with the CALF Festival!

Baby Music of Abilene

The Abilene Philharmonic has enjoyed partnering with Suzuki Early Education to provide Abilene’s first Baby Music of Abilene class!


On Tuesday evenings at 5:30, we host babies, toddlers and their parents to experience and enjoy music together from the youngest of ages. The Abilene Philharmonic has enjoyed partnering with Suzuki Early Education to provide Abilene’s first Baby Music of Abilene class! On Tuesday evenings at 5:30, we host babies, toddlers and their parents to experience and enjoy music together from the youngest of ages. We are passionate about music education for all ages at the Abilene Philharmonic, and this includes the youngest and oldest members of our community.

Baby Music of Abilene provides an opportunity for families to come and play a variety of percussion instruments. Suzuki Early Education provides a certified instructor to guide the class using nursery rhymes, dance, and action songs to teach the basic musical skills such as pitch matching and rhythm recognition. We believe strongly in the proven developmental skills that come from young children being exposed to music at an early age and want to provide opportunities such as this for our community and the Big Country. 

We are thrilled with the first class of Baby Music of Abilene and can’t wait to see how it will continue to grow and mold our young children in Abilene!

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