AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS SOUNDS OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY AT CARNEGIE HALL ON JANUARY 25, 2019
New York Premiere of Vivian Fine’s Concertante for Piano and Orchestra Featuring Guest Pianist Charlie Albright
New York, NY – The American Symphony Orchestra will present Sounds of the American Century, the next concert in its Vanguard series at Carnegie Hall, on Friday, January 25 at 8 pm. The program illustrates how New York City composers of the mid-20th century sought to define a new American sensibility in orchestral music, and will be highlighted by the New York premiere of Vivian Fine’s Concertante for Piano and Orchestra. The piece is one of some 140 works she wrote over the course of 68 years, making her one of America’s most important composers. The young guest soloist Charlie Albright, named Artist-in-Residence for Harvard University’s Leverett House, a position last filled by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, is also the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Gilmore Young Artists Award.
The abstract works of Robert Mann, legendary founder of the Juilliard Quartet, and Jacob Druckman — whose works were commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony — explored the possibilities of orchestral color and sound. Mann passed away in January 2018, making his Fantasy for Orchestra serve as a fitting tribute on this program. Pulitzer Prize-winner and Lincoln Center founding president William Schuman was a great champion of American music. His Symphony No. 3 was a pronounced popular success, premiered by the Boston Symphony in 1941 under Koussevitzky’s baton, to whom it was dedicated. Schuman and Fine, whose Concertante for Piano and Orchestra is given its NY premiere at this performance, brought their compositional craft to the classical tradition of orchestral music with works marked by vitality, brilliance, and structural clarity.