Apollo and Dionysus

05/09/2010 at 08:00 PM – Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

Philosophers from Plato to Nietzsche used these mythological figures to represent human nature at war with itself: torn between reason, discipline, formal beauty—and sensuality, earthly pleasure, desire. Find out which god you follow in this concert of music inspired by the god of enlightenment and the god of wine.

Enjoy an illuminating pre-concert discussion with Maestro Leon Botstein
75 minutes prior to performance at the Avery Fisher Hall Mainstage

program subject to change

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    Robert Schumann: Scenes From Goethe’s Faust

    04/09/2010 at 08:00 PM – Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

    The greatest poetic rendering of the story of the man who sells his soul to the devil, set to music by a composer who knew very well what it is like to be haunted by demons. On the occasion of the bicentennial of Schumann’s birth, ASO completes its trilogy that began with Manfred and Das Paradies und die Peri, with the third of Schumann’s great dramatic oratorios.
                                           

    Andrew Schroeder, Baritone
    Twyla Robinson, Soprano
    Kyle Ketelsen, Bass-baritone
    Michael Spyres, Tenor 
    Hanan Alattar, Soprano

    Sara Jakubiak, Soprano

    Katherine Pracht, Mezzo-soprano

    Eve Gigliotti, Mezzo-soprano

    Matt Boehler, Bass

     Concert Chorale of New York, James Bagwell, Director

    Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun, Artistic Director

    Enjoy an illuminating pre-concert discussion with Maestro Leon Botstein
    75 minutes prior to performance at the Avery Fisher Hall Mainstage

    program subject to change

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      After the Thaw

      02/24/2010 at 08:00 PM – Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

      We don’t mean the weather. Stalin’s death resulted among other things in a blossoming of new musical compositions, full of ideas and innovations that shortly before would have resulted in a trip to Siberia. If you liked ASO’s 2008 concert Russian Futurists about composers who briefly thrived just before Stalin came to power, you’ll want to hear what happened to Soviet music after his iron grip was finally loosened.

      Enjoy an illuminating pre-concert discussion with Maestro Leon Botstein
      75 minutes prior to performance at the Avery Fisher Hall Mainstage

      program subject to change

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        An American Biography: The Music of Henry Cowell

        01/29/2010 at 08:00 PM – Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

        The eclectic and prodigious output of Henry Cowell mirrors the energy and optimism of America and the countless traditions, customs, and conventions that are the culture of America. Cowell experimented with everything from Japanese instruments to electronic music, and was a legendary influence on American composers from Cage to Gershwin.

        Heather Buck, Soprano

        Elise Quagliata, Mezzo-soprano

        Jonathan Hays, Baritone

        Robert Bonfiglio, Harmonica

        Enjoy an illuminating pre-concert discussion with Maestro Leon Botstein
        75 minutes prior to performance at the Avery Fisher Hall Mainstage

        program subject to change

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          The Remains of Romanticism

          11/15/2009 at 08:00 PM – Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

          Romantic music seemed in danger of becoming obsolete in the modern world, but there were those who were determined to save it. Some of the greatest composers of the age tried to revive Romanticism through formal innovation, others by connecting it to a narrative or programmatic scheme. Hear the suprising results of their efforts in these great works, one of which has never been heard before in the United States.

          Enjoy an illuminating pre-concert discussion with Maestro Leon Botstein
          75 minutes prior to performance at the Avery Fisher Hall Mainstage

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            Vincent d’Indy: Fervaal

            10/14/2009 at 08:00 PM – Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

            Fervaal’s fate was set before he was born: renounce human passion and save his kingdom. But that was before he met the daughter of his enemy. D’Indy’s great opera was inspired by Wagner, but Debussy and Dukas thought Fervaal was even better than Wagner’s epics. Continuing in the vein of Dukas’s Ariane et Barbe-bleue, Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus, and Lalo’s Le Roi d’Ys, ASO presents another rare masterpiece from the golden age of French opera.

            Enjoy an illuminating pre-concert discussion with Maestro Leon Botstein
            75 minutes prior to performance at the Avery Fisher Hall Mainstage

              Concert Notes