After the devastation of the World War I, German composer Richard Strauss wrote an escapist ballet filled with dancing candy and whipped cream, titled, appropriately, Schlagobers (“Whipped Cream”). His slightly younger contemporary Karl Amadeus Hartmann, on the other hand, responded to World War II and the start of the Cold War by composing an apocalyptic setting of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, warning that new dictators were unlikely to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors. The American Symphony Orchestra presents these two very different responses to the brutality of the modern age. Baritone Lester Lynch provides the vocals. Enhance your musical experience even more by arriving early to listen and learn as Maestro Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A.