Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

American Symphony Orchestra Continues 2022-23 Season With Winter Concerts At St. Bartholomew's Church

Learn more about the upcoming performances here!

American Symphony Orchestra Continues 2022-23 Season With Winter Concerts At St. Bartholomew's Church

Following the American Symphony Orchestra's (ASO) immensely successful free opening concert at Bryant Park on Sept. 17, the Orchestra continues its 2022-23 season with two winter performances. On January 27, the ASO will offer a program at St. Bartholomew's Church-a New York National Historic Landmark-exploring music for organ and orchestra by Camille Saint-Saëns and Dame Ethel Smyth, and featuring soloist Paolo Bordignon, organist and choirmaster of the church and harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic.

The next concert takes place at Carnegie Hall on March 23, presenting a rare performance of Richard Strauss' opera Daphne with soprano Jana McIntyre. Described by Opera News as gifted with a "dancer's grace, mercurial wit, and vibrant soprano tone", she was recently named a George London Foundation top prizewinner as well as a Metropolitan Opera National Council grand finalist. The performance includes the opera's seldom-heard Epilogue, an a cappella choral addition sung by the Bard Festival Chorale.

Organ + Orchestra

Friday, January 27 at 8 pm

St. Bartholomew's Church, 325 Park Avenue

American Symphony Orchestra

Leon Botstein, conductor

Paolo Bordignon, organ

Bard Festival Chorale

James Bagwell, choral director

Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78

Dame Ethel Smyth: Mass in D

The ASO joins St. Bartholomew's Church, a New York National Historic Landmark, to present a performance focusing on organ music. The Orchestra has a particular connection to St. Bart's in that its founder, Leopold Stokowski, began his New York City career as organist and choir director of the church, and played this organ, the largest in New York City. The program opens with Saint-Saëns' popular Symphony No. 3, dedicated to the memory of his friend Franz Liszt. Often referred to as the Organ Symphony, the work's loosely symphonic form includes an organ for two of its four movements, and the composer himself conducted the 1886 premiere in London. British composer and social activist Ethel Smyth was a prominent member of the women's suffragette movement. Although her work was marginalized due to her political stance on the women's vote as well as her gender, she was nonetheless the first female composer to be granted a damehood (1922) and her opera Der Wald, mounted in 1903, was for more than a century the only opera by a woman composer ever produced at the Metropolitan Opera. Smyth's only sacred work, her rarely-performed, six-part Mass in D, premiered at Royal Albert Hall in 1893, and is dedicated to her friend Lady Pauline Trevelyan. Of note is Smyth's request to place the Gloria movement at the end, rather than second as ordered in Catholic liturgy, so the work "would finish triumphantly."

Daphne

Opera in one act by Richard Strauss with libretto by Joseph Gregor

Thursday, March 23 at 8 pm

Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)

American Symphony Orchestra

Leon Botstein, conductor

Bard Festival Chorale

James Bagwell, choral director

Jana McIntyre, soprano

Additional soloists to be announced at a later date

Richard Strauss: An den Baum Daphne (choral epilogue to Daphne)

Richard Strauss: Daphne "Bucolic Tragedy in One Act," Op. 82

The ASO spotlights Richard Strauss' seldom heard pastoral opera Daphne at this performance. With its lush orchestral palette, endlessly shifting harmonic motion, sumptuous melodies, combined with a diaphanous serenity typical of Strauss's later style, Daphne reveals a composer arguably at the peak of his powers, confident in his abilities as both composer and dramatist. In an even rarer presentation, the program also offers the opera's Epilogue, an a cappella choral addition written in 1943, a poignant illustration of the affection Strauss had for Daphne.



Out Today: Natsuki Tamura And Ittetsu Takemuras TAKEMURA, LIGHTNING  Photo
Takemura, Lightning (available December 2 2022 on Bandcamp), is an adrenaline rush of joyful sound. They dive headlong into the music, taking the listener along on a wild journey of exploration. The sounds and ideas come fast and furious as the two challenge one another and push things as far as they can go.

Organist Gail Archer Hosts Concert For Peace At St. Patricks Cathedral Next Month Photo
Hailed as one of this era's most adventurous interpreters of the classical organ repertoire, leading female organist Gail Archer hosts “Concert for Peace”, a special one-night only free concert at the iconic St. Patrick's Cathedral. Known

Sarasota Concert Association Announces FREE MUSIC MATINEES Photo
The Sarasota Concert Association announces its 2023 Music Matinees concert series. These four free noon-time concerts showcase exceptional regional musicians performing a variety of musical styles, including classical and folk music.

Sarasota Concert Association Presents The National Philharmonic Of Ukraine And Emerso Photo
The Sarasota Concert Association presents the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine on Wednesday, January 18 at the Venice Performing Arts Center, and the Emerson String Quartet on Monday, January 30 at the Riverview Performing Arts Center in Sarasota.


More Hot Stories For You


Out Today: Natsuki Tamura And Ittetsu Takemura's TAKEMURA, LIGHTNING Out Today: Natsuki Tamura And Ittetsu Takemura's TAKEMURA, LIGHTNING 
December 2, 2022

Takemura, Lightning (available December 2 2022 on Bandcamp), is an adrenaline rush of joyful sound. They dive headlong into the music, taking the listener along on a wild journey of exploration. The sounds and ideas come fast and furious as the two challenge one another and push things as far as they can go.

Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Machine De Cirque And More Come To The Hylton Performing Arts Center Winter 2023Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Machine De Cirque And More Come To The Hylton Performing Arts Center Winter 2023
December 2, 2022

The Hylton Performing Arts Center continues its 2022-2023 season this January and February 2023 with exciting performances as part of Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, and American Roots Series, plus performances by Hylton Center Arts Partners, Mason Arts at the Hylton Center, and a lineup of workshops as part of the Veterans and the Arts Initiative.

Organist Gail Archer Hosts Concert For Peace At St. Patrick's Cathedral Next MonthOrganist Gail Archer Hosts Concert For Peace At St. Patrick's Cathedral Next Month
December 2, 2022

Hailed as one of this era's most adventurous interpreters of the classical organ repertoire, leading female organist Gail Archer hosts “Concert for Peace”, a special one-night only free concert at the iconic St. Patrick's Cathedral. Known

Sarasota Concert Association Announces FREE MUSIC MATINEESSarasota Concert Association Announces FREE MUSIC MATINEES
December 1, 2022

The Sarasota Concert Association announces its 2023 Music Matinees concert series. These four free noon-time concerts showcase exceptional regional musicians performing a variety of musical styles, including classical and folk music.

Sarasota Concert Association Presents The National Philharmonic Of Ukraine And Emerson String Quartet In JanuarySarasota Concert Association Presents The National Philharmonic Of Ukraine And Emerson String Quartet In January
December 1, 2022

The Sarasota Concert Association presents the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine on Wednesday, January 18 at the Venice Performing Arts Center, and the Emerson String Quartet on Monday, January 30 at the Riverview Performing Arts Center in Sarasota.