From American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall: “A Walt Whitman Sampler”

From From American Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Conductor’s Notes Q&A 7 PM–7:30 PM
Concert 8 PM–10:30 PM
Carnegie Hall
(Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
$25 / $40 / $55


Othmar Schoeck – Trommelschläge
Kurt Weill – Four Walt Whitman Songs
Franz Schreker – Vom ewigen Leben (From Eternal Life)
Ralph Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1)


Leon Botstein, conductor

Leon Botstein by Ric Kallaher

Angel Blue, soprano

Angel Blue by Sonya Garza

Elliot Madore, baritone
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, director

Walt Whitman, the defining 19th-century poetic voice of America, inspired several generations of European composers. In the 20th century, Whitman’s poetry was beautifully adapted during World War I by Othmar Schoeck. The catastrophe of World War II inspired Kurt Weill to turn to Whitman’s writings. Franz Schreker and Ralph Vaughan Williams were drawn to Whitman’s most famous collection, Leaves of Grass, seeking to create music worthy of the power of Whitman’s poetry.

Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.

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