American Symphony Orchestra to Present FORGED FROM FIRE, 5/30

American Symphony Orchestra to Present FORGED FROM FIRE, 5/30

The American Symphony Orchestra, led by Leon Botstein, presents Forged From Fire, the final concert of its 2013-14 Vanguard Series at Carnegie Hall, at 8pm, on May 30. On the eve of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the ASO offers a fascinating look at the patriotic music that defined the imperial ambitions of Germany, the war-inspired music that expressed a new consciousness in Poland and the United States, as well as the aspiring nationalism among the Jews of Europe and North America.

Maestro Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor's Notes Q & A at 7pm in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. This event is free for all ticket holders.

The program for the performance features Max Reger - A Patriotic Overture; Charles Ives - Orchestral Set No. 2; Ernest Bloch - Israel Symphony; and Karol Szymanowski - Symphony No. 3.

Performers are Blair McMillen, piano; Denis Sedov, bass; Corey Bix, tenor; and The Collegiate Chorale Singers. James Bagwell is the director.

Tickets are $25 / $35 / $50 and are available at and by phone at 212-868-9276. Tickets are also available at, at the Carnegie box office, or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

The American Symphony Orchestra was founded 50 years ago by Leopold Stokowski, with the avowed intention of making orchestral music accessible and affordable for everyone. Under Music Director Leon Botstein, Stokowski's mission is not only intact but thrives. And beyond that, the ASO has become a pioneer, presenting concerts curated around various themes drawn from the visual arts, literature, politics, and history, and unearthing rarely-performed masterworks for well-deserved revival. These concerts are performed in the Vanguard Series at Carnegie Hall.

The Orchestra also gives the celebrated concert series Classics Declassified at Peter Norton Symphony Space, and regularly performs at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it appears in a winter subscription series as well as Bard's annual SummerScape Festival and the Bard Music Festival. Many of the world's most accomplished soloists have performed with the ASO, among them Yo-Yo Ma, Deborah Voigt, and Sarah Chang. In addition to CDs released by the Telarc, New World, Bridge, Koch, and Vanguard labels, many live performances by the American Symphony are now available for digital download. In many cases, these are the only existing recordings of some of the rare works that have been rediscovered in ASO performances.