Featuring four concerts at Lincoln Center and two salon concerts, in collaboration with acclaimed period violinists Krista Bennion Feeney and Aisslinn Nosky, fortepianist Christian De Luca, and flutist Sandra Miller, www.aconyc.org
New York, NY (May 17, 2018) — American Classical Orchestra (ACO) today announces its programming for the 2018-19 season, the orchestra’s 34th year of presenting historically accurate, engaging, and educational concerts led by Artistic Director and Founder Thomas Crawford. ACO performs four concerts presented in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and two salon concerts in a private venue. ACO is joined this season by an illustrious group of acclaimed period-performance soloists including violinists Krista Bennion Feeney and Aisslinn Nosky, pianist Christian De Luca, and flutist Sandra Miller.
American Classical Orchestra continues its innovative Concert Preview that brings listeners closer to the music. Before conducting the programmed works, Maestro Crawford delivers an introduction, using the full orchestra on-stage to illustrate and perform excerpts from the evening’s program. Crawford’s engaging narratives, along with the live music, give audiences greater insights into what they’re about to hear, resulting in a more enriched musical experience. ACO kicks off its 2018-19 season on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 8:00pm in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center with Mozart Serenade, featuring festive music by Mozart. ACO is joined by violinist Krista Bennion Feeney in Mozart’s Haffner Serenade, an hour-long work performed interspersed throughout the evening, as it would have been done in the 1700s. Pianist Christian De Luca, a virtuosic Juilliard historical performance masters student, makes his Lincoln Center debut on fortepiano in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major.
On Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8:00pm, ACO presents Imperial Haydn in Alice Tully Hall, featuring the orchestra’s first performances of both Haydn’s Symphony No. 53 “L’Impériale” and his Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat Major with soloists Aisslinn Nosky (violin), Marc Schachman (oboe), Andrew Schwartz (bassoon), and Myron Lutzke (cello). The concert also includes a rare performance of Beethoven contemporary Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda’s Symphony No. 5 in B minor.
ACO’s season continues on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 8:00pm with Joyous Bach, a celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach, at Alice Tully Hall. Flutist Sandra Miller joins the orchestra for Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2, BWV 1067 for Flute and Strings, followed by Bach’s Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 and Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 with the acclaimed ACO Chorus.
ACO closes its season at Lincoln Center on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 8:00pm with a performance of Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” preceded by his Coriolan Overture, Op. 62.
In addition to its Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center concerts this season, ACO also presents two salon concerts in a private venue: Bass on Thursday, January 24, 2019 featuring revelatory use of the bass in classical music by bassist John Feeney and A Ladies' Journey 1876 on Thursday, June 6, 2019 featuring Alex Cook (horn), Christina Kay (soprano), and Gwendolyn Toth (fortepiano).
Artistic Director Tom Crawford says, "The 34th season offers New York audiences the opportunity to hear many works for the first time on period instruments. The first-ever ACO performances of the Mozart Haffner Serenade and famous 21st Piano Concerto, Haydn's zippy Sinfonia Concertante, and spiritually profound Bach works promise engaging concerts."