Leon Botstein, conductor Program: Brahms, Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11; Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 (Eroica) State Theatre debut! Celebrate Conductor Leon Botstein's 20th season with the American Symphony Orchestra! Botstein, who has served as President of Bard College in New York since 1975, and is a former Conductor Laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, is also the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the renowned Bard Music Festival. Founded in 1962 by legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, the American Symphony Orchestra continues its mission to demystify orchestral music, and make it accessible and affordable to everyone. Under Botstein's direction, the ASO has pioneered what The Wall Street Journal called "a new concept in orchestras," presenting concerts curated around various themes drawn from the visual arts, literature, politics, and history, and unearthing rarely-performed masterworks for well-deserved revival.