Jun 04, 2013

American Classical Orchestra

June 4, 2013 - 8:00pm



Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

7:00pm Free Pre-Concert Lecture

by Thomas Crawford


Layla Claire, soprano

Benjamin Butterfield, tenor

Friedrich Witt - Symphony in C, 'Jena'

W.A. Mozart arias:

Misero! O sogno, o son desto? Aura che intorni spiri, K.431

Dove sono, from 'Le nozze di Figaro'

Duet: Fra gli amplessi from ‘Cosi fan tutte,’ K.588

Giachino Rossini:

Languir per una bella from 'L'italiana in Algeri'

Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 107, 'Reformation'

The ACO concludes its 28th Season with an orchestral and opera tour de force. Two Metropolitan Opera stars will grace the stage in performances of virtuoso Mozart arias. Layla Claire, one of the most sought after young singers in today's opera world, will give her Alice Tully Hall debut. Layla arrives in the afterglow of her 2011 performances as Marenka in Smetana's The Bartered Bride at the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of James Levine. Canadian tenor Benjamin Butterfield is a favorite among both early music and contemporary music audiences. His elegant tenor voice takes center stage in Mozart's commanding aria Misero, O sogno.

A rarely performed early 19th century symphony opens the program. Friedrich Witt's 'Jena' Symphony is of such energy and quality that for over one hundred years it was attributed to Witt's contemporary, Ludwig van Beethoven.

The concert concludes with a performance of Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 'Reformation'. This symphonic masterpiece was created out of Mendelssohn's religious fervor as he converted to Lutheranism. It is in honor of the 300th anniversary of Martin Luther's 1530 Augsburg Confession. Mendelssohn's scoring of the hymn Ein feste Burg is thrilling, edge-of-your-seat music. The ACO's performance is a New York 'premiere' on period instruments.