Soprano sweetheart Renée Fleming will be hosting "American Voices," a performance documentary that celebrates the best in American signing, on Thirteen’s "Great Performances" series. The 90-minute performance documentary offers an overview of the Kennedy Center's weekend-long American Voices festival, created and hosted by Renée Fleming in November 2013. This year's festival features stars and musicians from an array of different backgrounds, including Sara Bareilles, Kim Burrell, Kurt Elling, Ben Folds, Sutton Foster, Josh Groban, Alison Krauss, Norm Lewis, Eric Owens and Dianne Reeves. This event comes on the heels of Fleming’s performance of "Silver Bells" with Kelli O’Hara, which some felt fell flat of Fleming's normal performances, a mixed review of her rendition of the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII and an interesting interaction with Kiss at this year’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Despite the criticism, Fleming moves along with "American Voices," which allows camera crews to follow vocal masters, industry titans and emerging artist as they gather at the Kennedy Center to celebrate, explore and debate the legacy, landscape and future of American singing. The documentary will feature highlights from the festival's unique performances and educational events. Also featured are performances from the festival’s concert finale with Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles, Kurt Elling and Norm Lewis backed by the National Symphony Orchestra led by NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke.
Many believe the rise of the Internet has contributed to the demise of the music industry. Though there has been a decrease in CD sales, how has the Internet affected classical music? According to Leon Botstein, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, the Internet has ushered in a new era for classical music. Botstein says in a recent Gramophone blog post that as an individual artist it is hard to make money from producing a CD, but the age of digital is presenting a great opportunity for music. Each recording has the ability to become a part of an easily accessible library. Just by concentrating on putting recordings online, Botstein says that the American Symphony Orchestra has cumulatively sold more than 250,000 downloads and are now available for streaming. Though online sales might not be more commercially favorable than CDs, the accessibility helps to add to the mission of philosophy of an artist. This is also helpful when it comes to people seeing live music. Since the Internet gives people access to recorded material, it helps newcomers and even longstanding fans familiarize themselves with the works before viewing the show live. It also opens the doors for a more spontaneous viewing experience. When you put up a live performance, it shows everything — all the imperfections and changes. Instead of this being viewed as a mistake that needs fixing, it captures the true essence of a live performance with all its blemishes and impromptu layers.
Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra will explore music of Richard Strauss in their season-opening concert, "Marriage Actually," at Carnegie Hall on October 15.
The ASO will return to “Botsteinburg” next season with a series of Carnegie Hall concerts that explore the dark side of the 20th century, the music of George Perle, the opera 'Mona Lisa' and Richard Strauss’ marriage music--among other creative and adventurous programs.
The American Symphony Orchestra’s program “This England” will showcase the work of four unjustly neglected English composers: Arthur Bliss, Frank Bridge, Robert Simpson and William Walton at Carnegie Hall on Friday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Some 150 years later, it's easy to forget that much of Richard Strauss' music was once considered avant-garde--certainly his operas 'Salome' and 'Elektra,' as well as many of his tone poems. To wit, Leon Botstein's American Symphony Orchestra has chosen to perform one of his most controversial works, the one-act opera 'Feuersnot,' in a concert staging at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.
We all know our Beethovens and our Mozarts and our Bachs. Some of us even know our Tippet and our Borodin and our Massenet. But there are dozens of composers who, though accidents of history or lack of political or media support or for some other reason are largely forgotten today, except among a few enlightened souls. But it's exciting to discover the new, even when it's very old. So why not take a journey of discovery, starting with these five.
Be it a concert that reframes musical war horses or one that gives music, herself, a frame (during the middle of a labor dispute, no less), the American Symphony Orchestra is certainly one of the more daring ensembles you'll hear play Carnegie Hall. Under the baton and brain of Leon Botstein, the ASO takes its founder Leopold Stokowski's avowed intention--namely, "that orchestral music shall remain accessible and affordable for everyone"--and gives it a new charge: Orchestral music should also edify the public at large. But as Botstein duly notes in this exclusive discussion with Classicalite editor-in-chief Logan K. Young, in the sound world of late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliott Carter, intellectual heft never does betray the "immensely musical."
The American Symphony Orchestra's "Classics Declassified" series presents an intelligent and insightful journey into classical masterworks, led by music director Leon Botstein. Each concert begins with a lively discussion in which Botstein and the orchestra shed new light on a different classical masterpiece--followed by a performance of the work, itself.
UPDATE: A source has confirmed that this American Symphony Orchestra concert will go ahead at Carnegie Hall tonight. There had been fears that it, like the Philadelphia Orchestra concert last night, would be canceled. This, then, makes the ASO concert also the Carnegie season-opener. Again, the theme of the evening is the manner in which the legendary 1913 Armory Show influenced the modernist composers of the 1920s.
The American Symphony Orchestra will open their 2013-14 season with a concert of music inspired by the modernist art of the 1913 Armory Show in New York City.