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American Symphony Orchestra at Riverside Church. (photo from americansymphony.org)
Choral Music
Edward A Kliszus

The American Symphony Orchestra and Händel’s Judas Maccabaeus

It was a stellar evening at Riverside Church with the American Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus (1746). This splendid production inspired just as it projected hope, faith, and perseverance in the face of adversity through the story’s characters, Judas Maccabeaus (Jack Swanson), Man (Deborah Nansteel), Woman (Brandie Sutton), and Simon (William Guanbo Su). The ensemble conveyed well the emotional and spiritual significance of the Oratorio.

Leon Botstein, Conductor with Noam Heinz, Baritone, and The Orchestra Now at Carnegie Hall performing Exodus: Jewish Composers in Exile. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

At Carnegie Hall – Exodus: Jewish Composers in Exile

Impresario Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now of Bard College presented at Carnegie Hall – Exodus: Jewish Composers in Exile. This intriguing program title represented the product of Botstein’s brilliant artistic craft and expertise. In addition to a set of rare musical gems bound by history, two New York City premieres were on the program.

American Symphony Orchestra at St. Bartholomew's Church. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Choral Music
Edward A Kliszus

Organ and Orchestra by the American Symphony Orchestra

Tonight’s concert was entitled Organ and Orchestra by the American Symphony Orchestra! St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church on Park Ave in New York City was the apposite venue for Maestro Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra. They performed two works incorporating the rich sounds of the marvelous Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ with organist Paolo Bordignon, the Bard Festival Chorale directed by James Bagwell, and vocal soloists Soprano Anya Matanovič, Mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti, Tenor Joshua Blue, and Bass Adam Lau.

Leon Botstein with The Orchestra Now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo credit: Edward Kliszus
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

The Orchestra Now presents Sight and Sound

Today was a splendid example of the expressive power of visual and auditory art articulated with a fine orchestra, magnificent art exhibit, and stimulating repartee. Be sure to visit the Tudor exhibit that runs through January 8, 2023, and see the links below to exciting and equally stimulating and entertaining adventures through the arts by the nonpareil Maestro Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now.

The Orchestra Now in Rehearsal. Photo: David DeNee
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

The Orchestra Now at Symphony Space

Conductor Zachary Schwartzman guides the orchestra with dramatic precision to ultimately express a kaleidoscope of coruscating musical colors. He delivers cues, tempo changes, metrical nuances, and expression with aplomb. He draws energy, excitement, and sheer musicality from the young artists.

The Marcus Roberts trio, American Symphony.org
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

This American Symphony Orchestra masterfully employed a sumptuous mix of 19th century symphonic intones and swing band idioms, commanding energetic themes, instrumental soloists as jazz tradition demands, rich tone colors, and moments of sublime beauty with lush strings, harp, flute, cello solos, and Ellington’s beautiful melodies.

Portret van Ludwig van Beethoven. Public Domain
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

The Orchestra Now Celebrates Beethoven

The Orchestra Now Celebrates Beethoven akin to the Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor’s premiere on December 22, 1808, in Vienna, Maestro Botstein raised his baton in this unique setting, summoning the dramatic opening four-note motif, this streak of lightning, conceived by Beethoven as “Fate knocking on the door”

The American Symphony Orchestra Performs Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder

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