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AMERICAN SYMPHONY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES THE 2002-03 BARD-VASSAR CONCERT SERIES Three exciting programs feature works of contemporary composers together with classics of the chamber repertoire

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The American Symphony Chamber Orchestra (ASCO) announces the 2002-03 Bard-Vassar concert series, which features three exciting programs in September, February, and April. Friday concerts are held in Olin Hall, Bard College, and Saturday concerts in Skinner Hall, Vassar College, all under the direction of Maestro Leon Botstein. The concerts are presented by The Bard Center and begin at 8:00 p.m., with preconcert talks at 7:00 p.m.

The program for the first concerts of the series, on September 20 and 21, presents Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major; Eugen d'Albert's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in C Major, with cellist Ashley Bathgate; and Charles Ives's Three Places in New England. The second program, on February 14 and 15, offers Carl Maria von Weber's Oberon Overture; Beethoven's Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, "Emperor," with pianist Blanca Uribe; and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A Major, "Italian". The final concerts of the series, on April 18 and 19, feature Mozart's Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, "Jeunehomme," with pianist Todd Crow; John Woolrich's Ulysses Awakes and the world premiere of Richard Wilson's Peregrinations for viola and orchestra, both with violist Paul Silverthorne; and Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, "Unfinished."

The American Symphony Chamber Orchestra is composed of many of the best of the American Symphony Orchestra's fine musicians. The ASO was formed in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski and embarked on its mission to "perform concerts of great music within the means of everyone." Today, under music director Leon Botstein (who assumed directorship in 1992), that mission has broadened to revitalize the concertgoing experience as a vibrant force in contemporary culture. The Bard-Vassar Concerts include several performances a year of superlative chamber music featuring works of contemporary composers together with classics of the chamber repertoire.

Leon Botstein is music director of the ASCO, coartistic director and conductor of the Bard Music Festival, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, and president of Bard College. He 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.

Single concert tickets are $20, a series subscription is $50. For further information about the ASCO Bard-Vassar concerts, call The Bard Center at 845-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 08-15-2002