American Symphony Orchestra
Leon Botstein, Music Director
When Leopold Stokowski established the American Symphony Orchestra 46 years ago, he broke new ground with a mission to showcase the talents of American musicians through “concerts of great music within the means of everyone.” Since then we have expanded our mandate again to serve as innovators in our field by rebuilding audiences for orchestral music and ensuring the survival of classical music art forms.
In the context of the ASO’s thematic concerts, rare and under-performed works have attracted deserved attention, earning audience approval as well as fresh performances by orchestras and opera companies around the world. Our performances reintroduce masterworks into the symphonic canon and allow them to become available to other orchestras for future presentations.