Bard launches 2011-12 ASO season

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the opening concert of the 2011–12 season of the popular American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) series on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, at 8:00 p.m. The concert will be conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, with a preconcert talk by Christopher Gibbs, James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Music, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Individual tickets are $25, $35, and $40. Call 845-758-7900 or visit the Fisher Center website at to purchase tickets or for further information.

The program features Godfrey Winham’s Sonata for Orchestra, and Gustav Mahler’s Rückert Lieder and Symphony No. 1 in D Major (“Titan”). Featured soloists include Bard College Conservatory of Music Vocal Arts Program students Hannah Goldshlack and Matthew Morris.

The season continues on Friday February 24 and Saturday, February 25, 2012, with Maurice Ravel’s La valse, Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Stravinsky’s life and musical legacy will be the subject of the 2013 Bard Music Festival. Featured soloists include Jiazhi Wang, violin.

On Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, the program for the final concert of the 2011-12 season features Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra, Christopher Brubeck’s Prague Concerto for Bass Trombone, Howard Shore’s Mythic Gardens, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (world premiere), and Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Featured soloists include Sophie Shao, cello, and Tamas Markovics, trombone.

Season subscriptions are available. For more information, contact the box office at 845-758-7900.

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