FASO - Friends of Aeolian Skinner Opus 1024

UPCOMING CONCERTS

For the 2017-18 concert season FASO is continuing its tradition of bringing the very finest musicians to Amarillo and St. Andrew’s. They will present two organ concerts and two concerts featuring other instruments plus an opera tenor. As always, this year’s FASO musicians demonstrate their quality through the excellence of their training and the positions they now hold in the music world.

FASO is thrilled to present celebrated Texas Panhandle native, Spanish-American tenor Eric Barry on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm!

eric barry1Eric Barry is “making an impressive mark” on opera and concert stages “with a clear timbre, evenness of projection and exceptional sensitivity” (Opera News).

His current and future engagements include a leading role with Opera Colorado, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly for the Florentine Opera Company, Lensky Eugene Onegin for the North Carolina Opera, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for Orchestra Iowa, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Utah Symphony, the featured soloist on Minnesota Orchestra’s concert Inside the Classics, Fritz L’amico Fritz for Boston Midsummer Opera, and Prince Hal At the Boar’s Head for the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw.

Noteworthy concert appearances include the east coast premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony, and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem at Washington National Cathedral and on tour with the Munich Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Winston Salem Symphony and New Choral Society, and Verdi's Requiem with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Eric Barry is originally from Sundown, Texas, and studied business at West Texas A&M University. While pursuing his MBA he made the decision to pursue opera performance full-time and moved to New York. Eric holds a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the School of Music at Yale University. He has been featured in the PBS documentary Eric Barry: Home for Christmas, and his recordings have been aired on both NPR and the BBC.

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PURPOSE

Friends of Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024 (FASO) was incorporated on May 16, 2005. The organization’s mission is to present professional performances of primarily classical music for the enjoyment and education of the people of Amarillo and the surrounding Texas Panhandle.  Click here to visit FASO's website.  

HISTORY

FASO came into being after an Amarillo church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, burned to the ground in 1996. When the church began to rebuild, it was able to acquire from the University of Texas an extraordinary organ, one designed and built by the great English organ designer, G. Donald Harrison. Harrison was employed by the premiere organ building firm of the time, the Aeolian-Skinner Company.

The Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024 is made of superb prewar materials, and the new church was carefully designed to furnish the best possible acoustical space for it. After investing over a million dollars for its restoration, the church has an instrument comparable to sister Aeolian-Skinners found in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City and in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York.

An entity entirely separate from St. Andrew’s Church, FASO, is a group of music lovers who work closely with the church to organize and develop a yearly concert series designed to take advantage of the fine organ and acoustical setting. The church nave can hold approximately 500 people. The audiences for the concerts are of all ages and ethnicities and special emphasis is placed on drawing students from area schools and colleges to give them access to premiere professional musicians.

PERFORMANCES

In planning its concerts, FASO focuses on music from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. It is now in its tenth full season of concerts and has presented programs from Christ Church, Oxford, England; Tom Murray, professor of organ and University Organist at Yale; Chanticleer, a vocal ensemble; and the Tokyo String Quartet.

For more information about concerts, visit FASO's website www.FASOAmarillo.org

AUDIENCE

FASO’s audience is drawn primarily from Amarillo, a city located in the center of the Texas Panhandle, which is an area the size of Illinois with a total population of about 500,000. The immediate Amarillo area contains 225,000 people, and the rest of the population lives in small towns or on farms and ranches. Clearly, many of these people rarely have the opportunity to hear live classical musical performances of the caliber FASO strives to bring to our area. FASO utilizes radio announcements via the regional affiliate of NPR, local newspapers, posters, flyers, web sites and mailings to disseminate information about FASO performances to the Panhandle area. 

FUNDING

Bringing world class musicians to our area is an expensive undertaking. FASO has solicited funds from foundations, individuals, and of course relies on season ticket subscriptions at various donor levels. We invite donations in any amount in order to continue offering performances that match the high standard of artistry already established.

BECOME A MEMBER

The “Friends”, a 501c3 presenting arts organization, has developed a tradition of incredibly beautiful music, featuring the 6000-plus pipe Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024 organ. The concert series is funded through generous contributions of individuals, corporations, foundations, and memberships. We hope you consider becoming a member.

For information, please call 806-376-6316, x 105. Click here to visit FASO's website and join online.  

Manuals of Membership

Pipe organ keyboards are designated as manuals, arranged in a cascade from the top of the instrument case.

LEVEL

COST

DESCRIPTION

ADVANTAGES

Individual

$110.00

Single ticket to each concert

Guaranteed Preferred Seating

Pedal Manual

$200.00

Two tickets to each concert

17% savings over single tickets

Choir Manual

$275.00

Two tickets to each concert

$75 tax deductible contribution

Great Manual

$550.00

Two tickets to each concert

$350 tax deductible contribution

Swell Manual

$1000.00

Four tickets to each concert

$600 tax deductible contribution

Solo Manual

$2500.00

Reserved row for 6 individuals

$1900 tax deductible contribution

Student ticket to single concert $10.00

For individual and corporate concert sponsorship please contact us at 806.376.6316 x105.

Click here to visit FASO's website and subscribe online.