The American Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2017-18 season, which will feature a rarely performed opera among other vocal treats.
The season’s main aim is to focus on music composed under a wide range of political regimes ranging from fascist to communist to democratic.
Luigi Nono’s one-act opera “Intolleranza” will be showcased at the tail-end of the season on March 1, 2018. The work is a call against the dictatorship that Italy endured under Benito Mussolini.
Soprano Pamela Armstrong will be featured in the first of these concerts, entitled “The Sounds of Democracy.” The concert will include Aaron Copland’s “Canticle of Freedom,” Roger Sessions’ Symphony No. 2 and Leonard Berstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony. The concert is slated for Oct. 11, 2017, at Carnegie Hall. It will also feature the Bard Festival Chorale and Manhattan Girls Chorus.
Members of the Bard Chorale will also appear at the “Hollow Victory: Jews in Soviet Russia after the World War.” That concert, which will take place on Jan. 28, 2018 at Carnegie Halls’ Stern Auditorium, will feature Weinberg’s Rhapsody on Moldovian Themes and his Symphony No. 5. Also on the program is Veniamin Fleischmann and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Rothschild’s Violin.”
One other concert will take place on Dec. 17, 2017. It is dedicated to composers fighting both fascist and authoritarian regimes.