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The New York Times, Corinna da Foncseca-Wollheim (June 6, 2014):
“A vibrant performance of Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony capped the concert of the American Classical Orchestra on Thursday at Alice Tully Hall and, with it, the ensemble’s season....The crisp and engaging program, conducted by the orchestra’s charismatic music director Thomas Crawford, also included the “Symphony in D” by Josef Myslivecek, a Czech composer Mozart befriended and admired; “Moldau-Klänge,” a collection of waltzes by the elder Johann Strauss; and an insightful performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 — which received its premiere in Prague in 1798 — by the gifted Dutch fortepianist Bart van Oort.”

The New York Times, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (March 21, 2014): "The hourlong semi-staged performance of “Alceste,” which marked the culmination of this year’s Handelfest, was sensitively directed by Cynthia Edwards. She made the most of the radiant young members of the American Classical Orchestra Chorus, who moved about the stage with natural grace. Two dancers, Lindsey Jones and Weaver Rhodes, fleshed out the silent roles of Alceste and Admetus, the lovers separated by death and then reunited. Their elegant movements, choreographed by John Heginbotham, combined stylized gestures and a certain sweet diffidence that fit the music well."

The New York Classical Review, George Grella (March 20, 2014): "The lingering impression from Wednesday night’s concluding Handelfest 2014 concert, played by the American Classical Orchestra and singers at Alice Tully Hall, is that New York City has its own bona fide early music orchestra, and a good one."

The New York Times, James R. Oestreich (March 5, 2014): "...the portrayal was strong and moving in its own right, and it was well matched by that of the sturdy mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken as Micah, Samson’s faithful friend, constantly assessing the damage to his persona. Both sacrificed exactitude of pitch to expressiveness at times, though to generally good effect. The two bass-baritones — John Taylor Ward as Manoa, Samson’s father, and Andrew Padgett as the Philistine warrior Harapha — sang well. So did the soloists drawn from the excellent American Classical Orchestra Chorus, especially the sopranos Sarah Brailey and Marcy Richardson."

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Why Period Instruments? click to see lessclick to see more

Baroque instrumentsThe instruments used by Baroque and Classical period composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, were made of different materials and were often shaped differently as compared with their modern counterparts.

The sound of period instruments differs dramatically from that of instruments created from the latter part of the 19th century until today. Performances of even the most familiar masterpieces on period instruments result in a unique musical experience that is wholly fresh and alive.

Members of the American Classical Orchestra are renowned musicians who are passionate about the unique tonal qualities that period instruments lend to early music. Their passion and love for their art and the brilliant interpretations of the music by ACO's Music Director Thomas C. Crawford bring an intense excitement to each performance.

Baroque instrumentsThe instruments used by Baroque and Classical period composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, were made of different materials and were often shaped differently as compared to their modern counterparts.

The sound of period instruments differs dramatically from that of instruments created from the latter part of the 19th century until today. Performances of even the most familiar masterpieces on period instruments result in a unique musical experience that is wholly fresh and alive.

Members of the American Classical Orchestra are renowned musicians who are passionate about the unique tonal qualities that period instruments lend to early music. Their passion and love for their art and the brilliant interpretations of the music by ACO's Music Director Thomas C. Crawford bring an intense excitement to each performance.

ACO Music Director and Founder Thomas C. Crawford

Thomas C. Crawford Thomas C. Crawford, Music Director and Founder of the American Classical Orchestra, is active in numerous musical disciplines as conductor, composer, and organist. As a conductor, Mr. Crawford is a champion of both historically accurate performance styles of the Baroque and Classical repertoire and of new American music. Mr. Crawford has attracted many outstanding artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, André Watts, Dawn Upshaw, Richard Goode, Victor Borge, Monica Huggett and Vladimir Feltsman. He is responsible for the American Classical Orchestra's numerous international recordings with such great artists as Malcolm Bilson and Keith Jarrett. He is also a composer in many idioms and has been especially prolific in vocal music. Mr. Crawford has been recognized for his teaching of children and adults through school programs and lectures.


30th Season 2014-2015 - Subscriptions on sale now>>

1. OPENING NIGHT- Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto - Krista Bennion Feeney, violin
Beethoven, Symphony No. 8
Mozart, Symphony No. 35 'Haffner'

2. J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor - Saturday, November 15, 2014
Christine Brandes, soprano
David Daniels, alto
Charles Blandy, tenor
Dashon Burton, bass
American Classical Orchestra Chorus

3. As the Masters Heard It- Thursday, March 12, 2015
Schubert, Symphony No. 9 'The Great'
Mozart, Mass in C 'Coronation'
Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven, 'Christ on the Mount of Olives' (excerpts)

4. Maddalena - Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Caldara, Maddalena ai piedi di Christo - Hana Blažíková, soprano
Handel, Chandos Anthem
Handel, The Lord is My Light
Allegri, Miserere
Torelli, Trumpet Concerto in D Major - John Thiessen, ACO Principal Trumpet

5. Spring Pastorale - Thursday, June 4, 2015
Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 'Pastorale'
Haydn, Cello Concert in D Major - Myron Lutzke, ACO Principal Cello
Witt, Symphony in A Major

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