American Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

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In a Nutshell

Concert spotlights the works of five Ivy League composers, including a world-premiere piece by Roberto Sierra

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Promotional value expires Apr 19, 2015. Limit 8 per person. Redeem starting 4/19/2015 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage). Refundable only on day of purchase. Venue assigns seat location. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects American Symphony Orchestra's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before conductor's note. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $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
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees
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The Program

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.

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