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- $14 for one ticket to see the American Symphony Orchestra's Forged from Fire (up to $28 value)
- When: Friday, May 30, 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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Forged from Fire
Turning the clock back to to the dawn of the 20th century, the American Symphony Orchestra explores four composers' relationships with the era's impassioned nationalism. A pre-concert talk by maestro Leon Bernstein deepens the musical appreciation with background info on the pieces and historical tidbits about the composers.
- Reger—A Patriotic Overture: Caught up in the nationalistic fervor that accompanied the outbreak of World War I, Max Reger set to work on a piece dedicated to the German Army. Despite its militaristic genesis, the overture is curiously calm, mixing popular national anthems in a way that showcases Reger's exceptional skills at counterpoint rather than his jingoism.
- Ives—Orchestral Set no. 2: Also bearing a musically uneasy relationship to its theme, Ives' second orchestral set opens with "An Elegy to Our Forefathers." The piece overlays traditional American tunes onto an eerie soundscape produced by such non-American instruments as the zither and someone smashing an apple pie with a crowbar.
- Bloch—Israel Symphony: Taking a dramatically different tack, Bloch used his Israel symphony to forge a new musical idiom for an ancient culture. The composition evokes the Jewish festivals of Yom Kippur and Sukkot, not with traditional hymns or songs, but with impressionistic melodies that recall the repentance of sin and the pilgrimage to the Temple.
- Szymanowski—Symphony no. 3: Retreating to his country estate at the start of World War I, Szymanowski set his ethereal melodies to a text by the medieval Sufi mystic and poet, Rumi, rebelling against the chauvinism destroying the continent in favor of a love song.
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.