By: Melanie Gomez

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra established in 1960 that performs and promotes music for enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The group of people in this orchestra used to perform without a conductor or manager, but now in 2016, there is a full time conductor and manager.

Now with that conductor and manager, The Asheville Symphony Orchestra collaborated with a group of musicians to create an album titled The Asheville Symphony Sessions, to which the group considers, “a musical love letter from Asheville to the world.”

This album touches a variety of genres such as folk, bluegrass, R&B, and jazz, all backed up by of course, an orchestra! Some of the musicians on the album include include Doc Aquatic, Electric Owls, Free Planet Radio featuring Lizz Wright, Lovett, Matt Townsend, Rising Appalachia, Shannon Whitworth, and Steep Canyon Rangers.

“This album serves as a soundtrack for the city,” says ASO Executive Director David Whitehill. “The Asheville Symphony champions great music, and we’re very fortunate that there is great music being made here. Not many communities of this size have the kind of resources – including the symphony musicians, recording engineers, producers, publicists, arrangers, session musicians and recording studios – that we have in Asheville.”

“It was amazing to see the bands’ reactions as they heard the symphony musicians bring the orchestral arrangements of their songs to life. This project is the collaborative effort of more than 150 people coming together to create something that is uniquely Asheville,” says Jessica Tomasin, Echo Mountain Recording’s studio manager. “I love the idea that we are connecting musicians from varying backgrounds and musical genres in our own community.”

Check out the making of the below:

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra: