- $16 for one ticket to American Symphony Orchestra’s “Music U.” (up to $32.25 value)
- When: Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m.
- Where: Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
- Seating: parquet level
- Door time: 1 p.m. for a Q&A with the conductor
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This concert spotlights works by artists associated with various Ivy League institutions. Composers who worked at Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, and University of Pennsylvania are all featured, and the Cornell University Glee Club and Chorus blend their voices with the musicians’ notes.
- Randall Thompson—Alleluia: Before he taught at Princeton and Harvard, Thompson was the director of Curtis School of Music, where he composed this introspective choral ode to the fall of France and the beginning of WWII.
- Horatio Parker—Dream-King and His Love: This cantata wasn’t just one of Parker’s personal favorites—it was also a favorite of Antonín Dvořák’s. The composer awarded the fairytale-like piece first prize in a competition at the National Conservatory of Music.
- George Rochberg—Symphony No. 2: In his emotional piece, Rochberg explored the years he served in the Army during WWII in a style he called “hard romanticism.”
- Leon Kirchner—Music for Cello and Orchestra: This piece doubles as a gift—the composer wrote it for his former student, Yo-Yo Ma, who commissioned the work for a friend’s 40th wedding anniversary.
- Roberto Sierra—Cantares: In celebration of Cornell University’s 150th anniversary, Sierra penned this new piece evoking the past.
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.