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Beethoven’s 6th & The Rite of Spring

April 6–7

Add to Calendar2024-04-06 7:00 pm2024-04-06 7:00 pmEDTBeethoven’s 6th & The Rite of SpringFisher Center, Sosnoff Theater,
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Leon Botstein conductor
Musicians from the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra

Egon Wellesz
Vorfrühling (The Dawn of Spring)

Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

The Rite of Spring

TŌN rings in spring with three very different musical tributes to the vernal equinox.

Egon Wellesz’s 1911 The Dawn of Spring combines the Viennese musical tradition with French expressionism, while Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, begun the same year, sent audience members into a riot with what Paris newspapers promised would be “the most astonishing polyrhythm ever to come from the mind of a musician.” Meanwhile, Beethoven’s lush and inviting Pastoral Sixth Symphony truly reflects the composer’s love of nature, showing us what he called “Recollections of Country Life.”

Stravinsky’s work will be performed by TŌN alongside members of the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra.

Leon Botstein

Leon Botstein is founder and music director of The Orchestra Now (TŌN), music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO), artistic codirector of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival, and conductor laureate and principal guest conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (JSO), where he served as music director from 2003 to 2011. He has been guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre, Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Taipei Symphony, Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas in Venezuela, among others. In 2018, he assumed artistic directorship of Campus Grafenegg and Grafenegg Academy in Austria.

Recordings include acclaimed recordings of Othmar Schoeck’s Lebendig begraben with TŌN, Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner with the ASO, a Grammy-nominated recording of Popov’s First Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, and other various recordings with TŌN, ASO, the London Philharmonic, NDR Orchestra Hamburg, and JSO, among others. He is editor of The Musical Quarterly and author of numerous articles and books, including The Compleat Brahms (Norton), Jefferson’s Children (Doubleday), Judentum und Modernität (Bölau), and Von Beethoven zu Berg (Zsolnay). Honors include Harvard University’s prestigious Centennial Award; the American Academy of Arts and Letters award; and Cross of Honor, First Class, from the government of Austria, for his contributions to music. Other distinctions include the Bruckner Society’s Julio Kilenyi Medal of Honor for his interpretations of that composer’s music, the Leonard Bernstein Award for the Elevation of Music in Society, and Carnegie Foundation’s Academic Leadership Award. In 2011, he was inducted into the American Philosophical Society.

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