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“ROMANTICISM AND HISTORY IN MUSIC AND ARCHITECTURE” IS TOPIC OF APRIL 24 FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR FREE PRESENTATION BY LEON BOTSTEIN AND THE AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN BARD’S FISHER CENTER Program includes performance of Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97 “Rhenish,” as well as a lecture by Leon Botstein, President of Bard College

Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard’s spring 2006 First-Year Seminar program, “Revolution and the Limits of Reason,” presents a free lecture/concert by Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra on Monday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. The program, “Romanticism and History in Music and Architecture,” is a lecture/demonstration on, and performance of Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97, “Rhenish,” by Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra. The American Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski with a mission to “perform concerts of great music within the means of everyone.” Today, under music director Leon Botstein (who assumed the post in 1992), that mission has broadened into an effort to revitalize the concertgoing experience in order to maintain it as a vibrant force in contemporary culture. As part of Lincoln Center Presents Great Performers, the American Symphony Orchestra performs thematically organized concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, linking music to the visual arts, literature, politics, and popular culture, often in collaboration with museums and other cultural institutions. The American Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it participates in a winter concert series as well as the summer Bard Music Festival. The American Symphony Orchestra also offers a variety of music education programs at high schools in Manhattan and New Jersey. Leon Botstein is president of Bard College. He is also music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra; founder and coartistic director of the Bard Music Festival; and music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Botstein is editor of The Musical Quarterly and has published several books, including The Compleat Brahms and Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture. This presentation is part of the First-Year Seminar spring lecture series, a required two-semester program for freshman students that introduces them to worldwide, intellectual, artistic, and cultural traditions and to methods of studying those traditions. The lecture series provides a public forum for the students, the public, and leading scholars and artists to explore contemporary and relevant issues, as well as the latest scholarship on enduring questions. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For information call the box office at 845-758-7900 or visit # # # (4/18/06)

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This event was last updated on 05-11-2006