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The Kingdom

October 31, 2019

Carnegie Hall

Following on the success of our 2017 performance of The Apostles, the ASO opened its 58th season with Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom. Picking up where The Apostles left off,…

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The Key of Dreams

March 22, 2019

Carnegie Hall

Based on the French play Juliette, ou La clé des songes (Juliette, or The Key of Dreams) by Georges Neveux, Martinů’s operatic masterpiece Julietta, one of the greatest 20th-century works…

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Sounds of the American Century

January 25, 2019

Carnegie Hall

Robert Mann Photo by Charles AbbottNew York City composers of the mid-20th century sought to define a new American sensibility in orchestral music. The abstract works of Robert Mann, the…

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A Walt Whitman Sampler

October 17, 2018

Carnegie Hall

Walt Whitman, the defining 19th-century poetic voice of America, inspired several generations of European composers. In the 20th century, Whitman’s poetry was beautifully adapted during World War I by Othmar…

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Intolerance

March 1, 2018

Carnegie Hall

In post-Fascist Italy, Luigi Nono attempted to reverse the darkness of Mussolini and rescue art from being the handmaiden of the state. His one-act opera Intolleranza 1960 speaks out against…

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Hollow Victory: Jews in Soviet Russia after the World War

January 28, 2018

Carnegie Hall

Despite the brutal suppression of Jewish culture in the late 1940s under Stalin, Jewish composers sustained a vibrant and active musical culture, as these grippingly beautiful works reveal. Explore the…

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Triumph of Art

December 7, 2017

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

Each of these composers was influenced by confrontation with authoritarian regimes, both fascist and communist. This concert reveals the compositional response to resistance, inner emigration, and exile by three leading…

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The Sounds of Democracy

October 11, 2017

Carnegie Hall

American democracy was shaped by the ideals, vision, and principles of its leaders, particularly Roosevelt and Kennedy. These presidents protected our liberties, including freedom of expression, and stood by the…

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The Apostles

May 12, 2017

Carnegie Hall

England’s greatest composer since Purcell wrote a magnificent but rarely-heard setting of the New Testament. Elgar’s The Apostles follows the story of the Twelve through the Resurrection. On a par…

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Prague Central: Great 20th Century Czech Composers

February 10, 2017

Carnegie Hall

Though right in the center of the group of countries that defined the western musical tradition, Czech composers often felt like outsiders looking in. Perhaps it was this strange perspective…

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Bach at St. Bart’s

Jan 24

St. Bartholomew's Church

Long associated with the instrumental genre, Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach is most well-known for his concertos, sonatas, and symphonies. These works earned him a leading position in the years of…

The Glenwood Quartet at PAC

Apr 19

Perelman Performing Arts Center

Join us for a performance by a string quartet of ASO musicians on the Lobby Stage at the Perelman Performing Arts Center. As part of the Park Avenue Artists’ Spotlight…

Woodwind Quintet at Bryant Park Upper Terrace

May 20 & 21

Bryant Park

Join us for a performance by a woodwind quintet of ASO musicians, with pieces by American composers including William Grant Still, Amy Beach, and John Philip Sousa. Curated by ASO…

String Quartet at Bryant Park Upper Terrace

May 13 & 14

Bryant Park

A string quartet of ASO musicians performs works by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still, and Antonín Dvořák, in a program curated by violinist Ashley Horne, a longtime member of the American Symphony Orchestra….

Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder

March 22

Carnegie Hall

One hundred and fifty years after the composer’s birth—and more than 90 years since ASO founder Leopold Stokowski premiered the work in the U.S. with the Philadelphia Orchestra—the ASO presents…

Dvořák’s Requiem

Jan 25

Carnegie Hall

Dating from the composer’s late creative period, Antonín Dvořák’s Requiem mystifyingly remains a rarity in his impressive oeuvre. It is nowhere near as well known, or as frequently performed, as…

String Quartet at City Winery

Jan 3

City Winery Grand Central

Join us at City Winery Grand Central Terminal in the magnificent Vanderbilt Hall for a musician-curated program featuring a selection of works for string quartet that highlight connections in the…

Judas Maccabaeus

Dec 14

The Riverside Church

This holiday season the ASO offers an alternative to George Frideric Handel’s Messiah with another oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus. Set amidst the story of Hanukkah, the oratorio is a dramatization of…

String Quartet at Bryant Park Upper Terrace

Sept 20 & 21

Bryant Park

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…

America UNBOUND – Canceled

Sept 25

Bryant Park

Due to inclement weather, this performance has been canceled. A new work commissioned by the American Symphony Orchestra, written by composer and percussionist Javier Diaz, whose studio credits include Steven Spielberg’s West Side…