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American Symphony Orchestra

January 27, 2023 8:00pm

Contact: St. Bart's CentralSt. Bart's Central | 212-378-0222

Friday, January 27, 2023 at 8pm
Pre-Concert Lecture at 7pm
St. Bartholomew’s Church

The American Symphony Orchestra and St. Bartholomew’s Church share a connection rooted deep in the history of both institutions. ASO returns to this National Historic Landmark where Leopold Stokowski began his American career as organist and choirmaster of St. Bartholomew’s before founding the ASO in 1962.

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 features the organ for two of its four movements. This piece is paired with a work by British composer and social activist Dame Ethel Smyth—her rarely- performed and only sacred work, the six-part Mass in D, premiered at Royal Albert Hall in 1893 and dedicated to her friend Lady Pauline Trevelyan.

Leon Botstein, Music Director
Bard Festival Chorale
Paolo Bordignon, organ

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
Symphony No.3, op.78, 1886

Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944)
Mass in D, 1891

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