American Classical Orchestra's 2014-15 Season to Kick Off 9/23 With Mendelssohn; Full Lineup Announced!
On Tuesday, September 23 at 8:00PM at Alice Tully Hall, the American Classical Orchestra presents its opening night concert of its 30th Anniversary season with music that includes Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with violin soloist Krista Bennion Feeney; Beethoven Symphony No. 8 and Mozart Symphony No. 35 'Haffner'. Krista Bennion Feeney will perform the legendary Mendelssohn Concerto on a historic violin with the same configuration as that of Mendelssohn's concertmaster Ferdinand David.
On Saturday, November 15 at 7:30PM at Alice Tully Hall, The American Classical Orchestra continues with J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor, The ACO's first ever performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's towering masterpiece, featuring world-renowned soloists Christine Brandes, soprano; David Daniels, countertenor; Charles Blandy, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass; and the American Classical Orchestra Chorus.
Thursday, March 12 at 8:00PM at Alice Tully Hall ACO presents a concert titled As The Masters Heard It that includes Schubert's most virtuosic Symphony No. 9 'The Great', Mozart Mass in C 'Coronation' heard as never before, with gut strings, boxwood winds, and leather timpani. The program concludes with Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 and excerpts from 'Christ on the Mount of Olives'.
Tuesday, April 21 at 8:00PM at the Church of St. Mary The Virgin, 145 West 46th St, Antonio Caldara's masterpiece Maddalena will be performed by the ACO with the renowned Czech baroque soprano Hana Blazíková. Also on the program is Handel's Chandos Anthem and 'The Lord is My Light', Allegri's Miserere and Torelli's Trumpet Concerto in D Major with John Thiessen, ACO Principal Trumpet, along with the American Classical Orchestra Chorus.
The closing concert of the season on Thursday, June 4, at 8:00PM at Alice Tully Hall brings us the ACO's beloved principal cellist Myron Lutzke taking center stage for Haydn's delightful Cello Concerto in D Major. The Orchestra will also perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral', known for it's bucolic sound images and terrifying thunderstorm scene and Witt's Symphony in A Major.
ACO will also present 2 Salon concerts at a private venue. On October 21 at 6:30PM AOC will present Mozart's exceptional 1788 masterpiece, the Divertimento in E-flat Major K. 563 and Mozart's Flute Quartet in D Major with Sandra Miller, ACO Principal Flute. On Thursday, May 7, at 6:30PM Beethoven's Piano Trio Opus 97 'Archduke' with Audrey Axinn, piano and Haydn's String Quartet Opus 76 , 'Emperor' , a mature opus that pushed the boundaries of sonata form to uncharted and provocative ideas will be performed.
Maestro Thomas Crawford will present Pre-Concert Lectures at 7:00PM on September 23, March 12, April 21 and June 4 and at 6:30 PM on November 15.
All concerts will be conducted by Thomas Crawford.
"Our 30th Anniversary Season is a groundbreaking one for us. In many respects I see it as a confident new step into an even brighter future for the orchestra and our now equally accomplished ACO Chorus. We offer some rare, virtuoso showcase music such as the Bach B Minor Mass and the emotionally wrenching Caldara Maddalena. We perform some standards such as the Beethoven Pastoral Symphony and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Our selection of soloists this year is the most celebrated list in our history. In all, I have never been more excited than I am for the anniversary season." - Thomas Crawford
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
THOMAS CRAWFORD, Conductor - 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, Andre? 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.