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Thomas Crawford on the ACO's performance "As the Masters Heard It"
Posted 3/5/2015

American Classical OrchestraOn Thursday, March 12 at 8:00 PM at Alice Tully Hall, the American Classical Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Thomas Crawford, presents Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 ("Great"), Mozart’s "Coronation" Mass in C, and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Christ on the Mount of Olives (excerpt). Dan Dutcher and Nicole Guberman spoke to Maestro Crawford about the upcoming performance.

Dan Dutcher and Nicole Guberman: Can you tell us about your relationship with these great masterworks, and why you chose them?

Thomas Crawford: All four of the works are often-performed, popular classics of classical repertoire. Each season we do a program called "As the Masters Heard It," which is also our ACO tagline. This program features the orchestra itself, as opposed to guest artists for concerti or oratorios. In recent seasons, we have developed one of the finest choirs in New York as well, so for this year's "As the Masters Heard It" we add the choir to partner in a performance of the Coronation Mass and the well-known final chorus from Beethoven's Christ on the Mount of Olives oratorio. More...


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