The ASO at Fifty By Leon Botstein Written for the concert Fiftieth Birthday Celebration, performed on Oct 26, 2012 at Carnegie Hall. Tonight’s concert is not just a season opener; it marks fifty years of concerts by the American Symphony Orchestra. The founding of the ASO was an act of vision by the great conductor…

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Charles Ives, Symphony No. 4 By Christopher H. Gibbs Written for the concert Fiftieth Birthday Celebration, performed on Oct 26, 2012 at Carnegie Hall. The genesis, musical substance, and fate of Charles Ives’s Fourth Symphony are in many respects representative of the singularly strange career of this unusual American composer. The son of a Connecticut…

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Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 8 By Christopher H. Gibbs Written for the concert Fiftieth Birthday Celebration, performed on Oct 26, 2012 at Carnegie Hall. “On the first day of the holidays, I went up to the hut in Maiernigg with the firm resolution of idling the holiday away (I needed to so much that year)…

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