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ASO unearths “The Remains of Romanticism”: AFH, Nov 15

 With “The Remains of Romanticism”, their second Lincoln Center concert of the season (Sunday, November 15 at Avery Fisher Hall), Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra present proof positive that the alleged death of Romanticism through the advent of modernism around the turn of the 20th century was a myth – at least musically speaking.  If Romanticism seemed in danger of becoming obsolete, music of this persuasion by many serious and successful composers saved it from extinction.  Some of the greatest composers of the age tried to revive Romanticism through formal innovation, others by connecting it to a narrative or programmatic scheme.  Unexpected examples by composers Robert Fuchs, Hermann Goetz, Friedrich von Hausegger, Ludwig Thuille, and Richard Strauss – at least one of which has never been heard before in the United States – are to be performed at the afternoon concert (program details below).

Last season Maestro Leon Botstein began delivering pre-concert talks, starting 75 minutes before each concert; this policy continues this season. Don’t miss this illuminating talk, at 1:45 pm, in Avery Fisher Hall.

All tickets to the ASO’s Lincoln Center concerts are just $25 and are available by calling (212) 868-9276 (9ASO) or visiting All ticket sales are final.

The American Symphony Orchestra’s 2009-10 season and programs are sponsored by GG Group, and are made possible, in part, through support from National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Additional support is provided by The Winston Foundation, Faith Golding Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie Samuels Foundation, Open Society Institute, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, HBO, Carroll, Guido, & Groffman, LLP, DuBose & Dorothy Heyward Memorial Trust, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Bay and Paul Foundation, and Solon E. Summerfield Foundation.   

Sunday, November 15, 3:00 pm

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

The Remains of Romanticism   

Robert Fuchs (1847-1927)

            Serenade for Strings, No. 1, Op. 9 (1874) US premiere  

Siegmund von Hausegger  (1872-1948)

            Wieland der Schmied, symphonic poem (1904)  

Hermann Goetz (1840-1876)

            *Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 22 (1868/80)  

Ludwig Thuille (1861-1907)

            Romantische Ouverture, Op.16 (1899)  

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

            Symphony in f minor, Op.12 (1884)

American Symphony Orchestra

*Mira Wang, violin

Leon Botstein, conductor

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