SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020 at 8PM
Alice Tully Hall
MENDELSSOHN Psalm 42
GLUCK De Profundis
with ACO Chorus & soloists
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1
Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 (“Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks…”) reveals the composer’s exquisite sensitivity to the blend of instruments and voices. More spare but no less poignant is Gluck’s pleading, dark-hued De Profundis (“Out of the depths”). Beethoven’s First Symphony, premiered in 1800, heralding a new century and musical voice unlike any other.
Each ACO concert begins with a lively talk by conductor Thomas Crawford, with the full orchestra performing highlights from the program. Crawford’s insights and humor, along with the transparent texture of 18th-century instruments, open a portal into the sound world of the great Classical composers and a deeper appreciation of this timeless music. Concert previews are free to all ticket holders and begin at 8 pm.