Hungary Torn

05/02/2013 at 08:00 PM – Carnegie Hall
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The Jewish population of Hungary suffered a deep loss during the latter years of the Second World War. Many of its youngest composers met a tragic end, with their promising careers and legacies never fulfilled. This concert gives a few of those artists their due, featuring their work alongside pieces by Hungarian composers who managed to live through the nightmare.

Maestro Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.

  • Peter Barsony, viola
  • Barnabás Kelemen, violin
  • Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano
  • Leon Williams, baritone
  • The Collegiate Chorale Singers

  • Oedoen Partos — In Memorium
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  • László Weiner — “Overture” (US Premiere)
  • Mihály Nador — Violin Concerto (World Premiere)
  • László Gyopár — Credo from “Missa” (World Premiere)
  • Ernst von Dohnányi — Szeged Mass (US Premiere)

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Wagner’s Preludes

04/21/2013 at 04:00 PM – Peter Norton Symphony Space
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Single tickets $35From a vision of the Holy Grail to the longing for and redemption of love, Leon Botstein and the orchestra examine the themes behind some of Wagner’s most famous operatic works, in celebration of his 200th birthday. Get the background story, then enjoy the Act I & III Preludes from Lohengrin, and the Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde.

  • Richard Wagner — “Lohengrin” Preludes, Acts I & III
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  • Richard Wagner — “Tristan und Isolde” Prelude & Liebestod
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The Vampire

03/17/2013 at 02:00 PM – Carnegie Hall
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Single tickets $25/$35/$50In the summer of 1816, a group including Lord Byron and Percy & Mary Shelley kept themselves entertained through a storm by creating stories for each other, a contest which produced “Frankenstein” and a short story by John Polidori, “The Vampyre.” This tale of a vampire who must murder three virgins in order to stay alive for another year inspired a play, which in turn inspired the first opera by German composer Heinrich Marschner.

Maestro Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 1 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.

  • Vale Rideout, tenor
  • Nicholas Pallesen, baritone
  • Carsten Wittmoser, bass-baritone
  • Alison Buchanan, soprano
  • Justin Hopkins, bass-baritone
  • Tamara Wilson, soprano
  • Jennifer Tiller, soprano
  • Glenn Seven Allen, tenor
  • The Collegiate Chorale Singers

  • Heinrich August Marschner — Der Vampyr
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Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8

02/24/2013 at 04:00 PM – Peter Norton Symphony Space
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Single tickets $35From the thunderous opening theme to the immense scherzo and militant fanfares of the finale, Leon Botstein and the orchestra explain it all, and then let you enjoy this awe-inspiring work in a whole new way.

  • Anton Bruckner — Symphony No. 8, “Apocalyptic”
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Truth or Truffles

02/10/2013 at 02:00 PM – Carnegie Hall
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Single tickets $25/$35/$50After the devastation of the First World War, Strauss chose to write a delightful escapist ballet, filled with dancing candy and whipped cream. Hartmann, on the other hand, responded to his experience during WWII and the start of the Cold War with an apocalyptic setting of Sodom and Gomorrah, warning that new dictators were unlikely to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors. Two composers, two very different responses to the brutality of the modern age.

Maestro Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 1 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.

  • Lester Lynch, baritone

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann — Sodom and Gomorrah
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  • Richard Strauss — Schlagobers (“Whipped Cream”)
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What Makes a Masterpiece

01/25/2013 at 08:00 PM – Carnegie Hall
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Single tickets $25/$35/$50To mark his 20th year with the ASO, Music Director Leon Botstein offers a signature program, questioning why some works are regarded as masterpieces, while others are overlooked. Brahms’ beloved Symphony No. 4 is performed with two neglected symphonies from the same year: one from another well-known composer, Dvorák, and another from a composer whose fame did not endure.

Maestro Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.

  • Antonín Dvorák — Symphony No. 4
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  • Heinrich von Herzogenberg — Symphony No. 1 (US Premiere)
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  • Johannes Brahms — Symphony No. 4
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The Cage Concert

12/13/2012 at 08:00 PM – Carnegie Hall
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Single tickets $25/$35/$50At a concert in 1949, legendary American composer John Cage heard a piece by Anton Webern that moved him so much he had to leave the hall. On the way out, he found composer Morton Feldman doing the same, and the two became fast friends and collaborators. For his 100th birthday, ASO features some of Cage’s important later works, as well as works by Webern, Feldman, and another Cage inspiration, Erik Satie.

Maestro Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.

  • Jennifer Feinstein, mezzo-soprano
  • Helen Pridmore, soprano

  • Anton Webern — Symphony, Op. 21
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  • Morton Feldman — …Out of ‘Last Pieces’
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  • Erik Satie — Parade
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  • John Cage — “Cheap Imitation” with Solos for Voice Nos. 18 & 30
  • John Cage — Etcetera (NY Premiere)
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  • John Cage — Etcetera 2/4 Orchestras (NY Premiere)
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ASO on Tour

11/04/2012 at 03:00 PM – State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ
$28, $38, $52, $62The ASO heads out on the road for its 50th Anniversary. This captivating program opens with Brahms’ Serenade No. 1, Op. 11 in D major and also features Beethoven’s bold and heroic Eroica Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 in E-flat major.

  • Johannes Brahms — Serenade No. 1
  • Ludwig van Beethoven — Symphony No. 3, Eroica

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ASO on Tour

11/02/2012 at 08:00 PM – George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax, VA
$30, $52, $60The ASO heads out on the road for its 50th Anniversary. This captivating program opens with Brahms’ Serenade No. 1, Op. 11 in D major and also features Beethoven’s bold and heroic Eroica Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 in E-flat major.

  • Johannes Brahms — Serenade No. 1
  • Ludwig van Beethoven — Symphony No. 3, Eroica

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50th Birthday Celebration

10/26/2012 at 08:00 PM – Carnegie Hall
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ASO celebrates its Golden Jubilee with a concert of its “greatest hits,” starting with the first piece the orchestra ever played, Stokowski’s arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner. You’ll also hear Mahler’s massive 8th Symphony, which received great acclaim at the 2002 Bard Music Festival, and Ives’ 4th, which the ASO debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1965.Maestro Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.

  • Blair McMillen, piano
  • Rebecca Davis, soprano
  • Abbie Furmansky, soprano
  • Katherine Whyte, soprano
  • Fredrika Brillembourg, mezzo-soprano
  • Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
  • Clay Hilley, tenor
  • Tyler Duncan, baritone
  • Denis Sedov, bass
  • Brooklyn Youth Chorus
  • The Collegiate Chorale

The Empire State Building will be lit red and white on Oct 26 for ASO’s 50th Birthday!
Thanks to the Empire State Building Company for this special honor.

The Empire State Building image ® is a registered trademark of ESBC and is used with permission.

  • John Stafford Smith (Arr. Leopold Stokowski) — The Star-Spangled Banner
  • Gustav Mahler — Symphony No. 8
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  • Charles Ives — Symphony No. 4
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