Daphne

The ASO spotlights Richard Strauss’s seldom heard pastoral opera Daphne. With its lush orchestral palette, endlessly shifting harmonic motion, sumptuous melodies, combined with a diaphanous serenity typical of Strauss’s later style, Daphne reveals to us a composer arguably at the peak of his career, supremely confident in his abilities as both composer and dramatist. In…

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String Quartet at Bryant Park Upper Terrace

Musicians from American Symphony Orchestra performs pillars from the string quartet repertoire: Haydn’s Quartet op 76 No 5, nicknamed at various points in history “Largo” for its particularly comforting but melancholy slow movement, and Debussy’s lush and thrilling String Quartet. This performance is part of a free chamber music series in partnership with Bryant Park…

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Celebrating New York

Continuing a partnership forged between the American Symphony Orchestra and the Bryant Park Corporation in the wake of COVID-19, the ASO will present a free concert to celebrate its 60th Anniversary. The program celebrates composers who have influenced the artistic landscape of New York and works that were inspired by our city. The program opens…

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Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert at Radio City Music Hall

These performances have been rescheduled: Saturday, August 13, 2022 Monday, August 15, 2022 Tuesday, August 16, 2022 Wednesday, August 17, 2022 Thursday, August 18, 2022 Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki celebrates the illustrious partnership between acclaimed composer Joe Hisaishi and beloved filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. In a new…

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Bard Music Festival – Program 6

Anchored by the ASO, this all-Rachmaninoff event opens with the First Symphony, which the composer abandoned after its ill-starred premiere, and died without hearing a second time. Nevertheless, the work remained important to him—45 years later, he quoted from it in the Symphonic Dances, his last major composition—and since its posthumous rediscovery, the symphony has been…

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Bard Music Festival – Program 3

It was the runaway success of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto that helped restore his confidence after the depression and writer’s block triggered by his First Symphony’s failure. Marking the ASO’s first concert of the 2022 festival, Program Three juxtaposes the concerto—arguably the best-loved in the classical canon—with closely contemporaneous orchestral works by two of Rachmaninoff’s fellow…

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The Silent Woman (Die Schweigsame Frau) at Bard SummerScape

Considered Strauss’s only true comic opera, this rarely performed work is by turns elegiac and incisively witty. The brilliantly written libretto by Stefan Zweig (loosely based on the Renaissance play by Ben Jonson) features a madcap cast of characters in a variety of guises. The imaginative and colorful production by Christian Räth (Das Wunder der…

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