The American Classical Orchestra Announces 2022-2023 Season

The American Classical Orchestra announced their upcoming 2022-2023 season made up of four orchestral performances conducted by Founder and Artistic Director Thomas Crawford. The season will begin on September 22, 2022 and continue until May 18, 2023.

The three of the four performances will be at Alice Tully Hall, and one will be held at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer. The opening concert at Alice Tully Hall will feature Beethoven’s third piano concerto with Hungarian virtuoso Petra Somlai on the fortepiano.

Other guest artists for this season also include Soprano Yulan Piao, Mezzo-Soprano Heather Petrie, Tenor Lawrence Jones, Bass Joseph Charles Beutel, and Violinist Rachell Ellen Wong. The orchestra draws talent from all over, and the players are the foremost in their fields.

The American Classical Orchestra is New York City’s leading period-instrument orchestra and established a permanent home there in 2005. The organization is dedicated to performing the music of 17th, 18th, and 19th-century performers – using historic performance techniques and original instruments to replicate the sound as it would have been heard at the time.

The American Classical Orchestra’s musicians are masters of the period-instrument, performing classics anew— with zeal and authenticity. This season will offer a wonderful opportunity for our audiences to experience Baroque and Classical masterworks on the very instruments heard in concert halls when they were first performed and will also reveal how the sound and nuances of these original instruments can bring the music of great Romantic composers to life in different ways.

– ACO Artistic Director & Founder Thomas Crawford

Some of this year’s season highlights include Mozart’s Requiem coupled with the world premiere of Thomas Crawford’s Elegy, which was composed in memory of ACO violinist Judson Griffin on October 28. On March 2, there will be an all-Bach program of cantatas offering audience favorites and on May 18, a romantic evening of music featuring works by Schumann, Sarasate, and Grieg.

Tickets for individual performances are priced at $75, $55, and $35 and are available at aconyc.org

Read the full 2022-2023 American Classical Orchestra season below:

Opening Concert: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 – Thursday, September 22, at 8 pm, Alice Tully Hall

Petra Somlai, fortepiano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor   

Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major          

C.P.E Bach: Symphony in F Major, H665

Remember – Friday, October 28, 2022, at 8 pm, Alice Tully Hall

Yulan Piao, soprano

Heather Petrie, mezzo-soprano

Lawrence Jones, tenor

Joseph Charles Beutel, bass

ACO Chorus

Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, K. 626

Thomas Crawford: Elegy (World Premiere in honor of ACO violinist Judson Griffin)

Healing Bach – Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 8 pm, Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, Lexington Avenue at 66thStreet

J.S. Bach:

  An Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42

  Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt, BWV 18

  Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 

 *Soloists to be announced at a later date

Romantic Fantasy – Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 8 pm, Alice Tully Hall

Rachell Ellen Wong, violin

Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring Symphony”     

Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25Grieg: The Mountain Thrall, Op. 32

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