- $16 for one ticket to see the American Symphony Orchestra’s Requiem for the 20th Century (up to $32.25 value)
- When: Wednesday, December 10, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
- Seating: dress circle or parquet
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.; a conductor Q&A begins at 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees
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Maestro Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra pay tribute to the great tragedies of the century past with a trio of pieces inspired directly or indirectly by the horrors of World War II.
- Vaughan Williams—Symphony No. 6: Ralph Vaughan Williams may have disavowed any hidden meaning to this work (completed in 1947 but it’s hard not to hear bombs over London in the opening blasts from the brass section.
- Ligeti—Requiem: One of the world’s most terrifying choral works is a reflection of its composer’s life: Ligeti was sent to a forced-labor camp in 1944, and spent much of the ’50s in exile after the Hungarian revolt.
- Schnittke—Nagasaki: Wailing grief, not bombast and burning, is the audible theme of this Japanese-poetry-inspired work that traces the journey from unspeakable loss to the faint glimmer of rebirth.
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.