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- $14 for one ticket to see American Symphony Orchestra presents Moses (up to $28 value)
- When: Thursday, March 27, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Carnegie Hall – Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage
- Seating: parquet – main floor
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.; a Q&A session with the conductor begins at 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
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American Symphony Orchestra presents Moses
Though probably best known today for his Violin Concerto No. 1 and his immortal cello piece Kol Nidre, the vast majority of German composer Max Bruch's work was for voice. Bruch was a master of the oratorio, an unstaged choral interpretation of religious texts. In Moses, the story of the Old Testament figure comes to richly melodic life in four parts. The first tells of the spiritual leader's divine encounter on Mount Sinai, where he received the Ten Commandments. In the second part, Moses rebukes his brother Aaron in an angry baritone after discovering his people idolizing a golden calf. The third part positions Moses as a political and military leader, guiding the exiled Israelites through the desert and mounting an attack on the Amaleks. In the work's conclusion, Moses has brought his people to the promised land and, having finished his earthly work, is prepared to pass away in peace.
Bruch was a strikingly conservative composer, even when he broke conceptual rules, and Moses is no exception. The woodwinds exist only to echo the vocals. The string section, though richly layered, also serves mainly as a backdrop. Even the form itself is classically retro, like a pair of paisley pantaloons—the oratorio format had largely dropped out of favor almost a half-century before with the death of Mendelssohn. Despite this old-fashioned air—or perhaps because of it—Moses remains a work of timeless beauty.
American Symphony Orchestra
For more than half a century the American Symphony Orchestra has hewn to founder Leopold Stokowski's original vision: "to offer concerts of great music within the means of everyone." That means its shows aren't just financially affordable, they're also demystified by conductor lectures and never held inside biodomes. In recent years, the organization has added a new facet to its time-tested strategy: curated concerts built around a theme. Shows might explore a particular place and time, examine a literary motif, or delve into the interaction between music and visual art. This strategy has attracted a lot of attention, and not just from audiences: such greats as Yo-Yo Ma, Deborah Voigt, Sarah Chang, and Carnegie Hall's mask-wearing Phantoms of the Barbershop Quartet have all vied to play with the Orchestra.
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