The American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) was founded in 1962 by the legendary conductor, Leopold Stokowski. ASO offers thematically organized concerts at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, which link music to the visual arts, literature, politics and popular culture, often in collaboration with museums and other cultural institutions. ASO has pioneered the in-depth exploration of composers' complete output or thematic connection between music and other art forms from the same time. In addition to its main subscription series at Lincoln Center, the orchestra also performs a lecture/concert series with audience interaction called Classics Declassified.
It is also the resident orchestra of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, where it performs a winter concert series as well as during the summer Bard Music Festival. The American Symphony Orchestra has toured the world, and made numerous recordings and broadcasts. Under Music Director Leon Botstein it inaugurated São Paolo's new concert hall and made several tours of Asia. ASO programs offer a broad range of repertoire, including neglected masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries that are used to create new contexts for the better known works. Concerts are supplemented with free educational materials, including an expanded program guide and pre-concert lectures.
The orchestra also offers a variety of music education programs at high schools in Manhattan and New Jersey.
Students attend in-school workshops that include performances that are followed by question-and-answer sessions with the orchestra's musicians and conductor. Students also attend concerts at Avery Fisher Hall and Miller Theatre, as well as special events.
Programs for Teachers: Teacher-training workshops help educators to develop lesson plans that prepare students for their orchestral experience.