American Classical Orchestra to Perform Music Of Mozart, Myslive'cek, Beethoven & Strauss at Alice Tully Hall, 6/5
On Thursday, June 5 at 8:00PM at Alice Tully Hall, The American Classical Orchestra presents its season finale in a concert of music written in or for Prague at the end of the 18th century.
The program will include Symphony No. 38, 'Prague' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Symphony in D by Josef Myslive'cek; Piano Concerto No. 1, Opus 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven with pianist Bart van Oort and Sounds of Moldavia Waltz by Johann Strauss, Sr. The concert will be conducted by Thomas Crawford.
Dutch pianist Bart Van Oort makes his ACO debut with this concert. A leading authority in performance practice on early pianos, he is a professor at the Royal Academy in The Hague. Mr. Van Oort will perform on a replica of a 1791 Anton Walter fortepiano as played by Beethoven.
The concert will be preceded by a Pre-Concert Lecture at 7:00PM by Maestro Thomas Crawford.
Prague is an ancient and fabled city that has attracted Europe's greatest musicians for centuries. The city remained enamored of Mozart even in his later years. The young Beethoven chose The Golden City to premiere his first piano concerto with himself as soloist.
Long before Mozart's popular successes in Prague, Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus had befriended and admired Prague's finest composer Josef Myslive?ek, a favorite Czech musician, he wrote compositions in all idioms, opera, chamber music, and symphony. The ACO will perform a high-spirited Symphony in D, scored for oboes, horns and strings that was premiered in Prague around 1770.
The great Prague Symphony, written in 1786, is considered by musicians, scholars, and audiences alike to be among Mozart's most important masterpieces. The work starts and ends with a significantly higher level of virtuosity than all his earlier symphonies. The writing for wind instruments is more advanced, the rhythms more complex, the harmonies more varied than ever. The opening flourishes burst out with unprecedented command.
Beethoven was in his late twenties when he composed his first of five ingenious piano concertos. Yet, already by the time he premiered Concerto No. 1 in Prague in 1800, he was experiencing hearing loss. He developed an early reputation as a piano virtuoso and composer, and his contributions to the piano concerto genre would be seminal. The debut of his first major concerted work was a great success. This was due to his emergence as a revolutionary thinker and a bold new voice in the already popular piano concerto genre. No one in Prague, nor anywhere else, had heard such a use of the piano, such radical key changes, such extraordinary dynamic contrasts, as Beethoven employed in his very first concerto.
Thomas C. Crawford, Music Director and Founder of the American Classical Orchestra, is active in numerous musical disciplines as conductor, composer, and organist. As a conductor, Mr. Crawford is a champion of both historically accurate performance styles of the Baroque and Classical repertoire and of new American music. Mr. Crawford has attracted many outstanding artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, André Watts, Dawn Upshaw, Richard Goode, Victor Borge, Monica Huggett and Vladimir Feltsman. He is responsible for the American Classical Orchestra's numerous international recordings with such great artists as Malcolm Bilson and Keith Jarrett. He is also a composer in many idioms and has been especially prolific in vocal music. Mr. Crawford has been recognized for his teaching of children and adults through school programs and lectures.