OCTOBER 17, 2018 - MARCH 22, 2019

Music Director Leon Botstein to Conduct Three-Concert Vanguard Series

Including the U.S. Premieres of Martinu's Opera Julietta in Czech and Schoeck's Trommelschläge; and NY Premieres by Vivian Fine, Franz Schreker, and Kurt Weill

New York, NY - The American Symphony Orchestra has announced the 57th season of its Vanguard series at Carnegie Hall, running from October 17, 2018 through March 22, 2019. The 2018-19 season will focus on rediscovering works of the 20th century, illuminating masterpieces from the not so distant past and bringing rarely-heard composers to a wider audience. Music director Leon Botstein will conduct all concerts in the series.

The opening program of the 2018-19 season features the premieres of three works inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman: the New York premieres of Kurt Weill's Four Walt Whitman Songs and Franz Schreker's Vom ewigen Leben (From Eternal Life), and the U.S. premiere of Othmar Schoeck's Trommelschläge. The second presentation (January 25) will spotlight the music of four mid-20th-century composers from New York City - Robert Mann, Jacob Druckman, William Schuman, and the New York premiere of Vivian Fine's Concertante for Piano and Orchestra. The final concert in the series will offer the first American performance in Czech of Bohuslav Martinu's operatic masterpiece, Julietta.

Music director Leon Botstein will provide the essential musical context for each of the three concert programs in lively, 30-minute Conductor's Notes Q&A sessions. These discussions, popular learning opportunities for both concert-goers and music connoisseurs alike, begin one hour before each concert and are free for all ticket holders.


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