Now Accepting Applications For 2016-17

Note: The application deadline for 2016-17 has passed. 

Interested in joining the orchestra? In TŌN, you will be part of a group of outstanding musicians who work together, share experiences and opportunities together, and learn from and collaborate with some of the finest orchestral performers in the world. Applications for 2016-17 are due December 15, 2015. For more information or to apply, visit bard.edu/theorchnow

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THE ORCHESTRA NOW OPENS 2015-16 SEASON AT BARD COLLEGE WITH TWO FALL PROGRAMS IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, September 29, 2015 — The Orchestra Now (TŌN), an innovative master’s degree program and training orchestra founded by Bard College, will launch its inaugural performance season at Bard College’s Fisher Center with two fall programs in October and November. Bard President and TŌN Conductor Leon Botstein will lead the Orchestra of 37 young graduate musicians from around the world and cellist Rylan Gajek in the opening concerts on October 24 and 25; Associate Conductor James Bagwell will take the podium for the second program on November 14 and 15. The Orchestra’s series at Bard will continue with two more concert programs in February and April, 2016, and TŌN will also perform in different series in New York City including Carnegie Hall.

Under the leadership of conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, TŌN aims to break down the barriers between modern audiences and great orchestral music of the past and present. Distinctively suited to that goal, Bard offers TŌN participants an exceptional opportunity to receive graduate orchestral training within the intellectual atmosphere of a liberal arts college close to the most important classical music center in America.

Sat., Oct 24, 2015 at 8 PM & Sun., Oct 25, 2015 at 3 PM
The Orchestra Now debuts in residence at the Bard College Fisher Center in a program offering Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, a joyful work that shows no signs of the composer’s struggles with hearing loss; the U.S. premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Cello Concerto, featuring 22 year-old Canadian cellist Rylan Gajek; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, containing many of the revolutionary melodies from Russia’s 1905 Bloody Sunday.
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Rylan Gajek, Cello
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
Weinberg: Cello Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11

Sat., Nov 14, 2015 at 8 PM & Sun., Nov 15, 2015 at 3 PM
Associate Conductor and Academic Director James Bagwell will lead the second concert in the fall series, featuring Mendelssohn’s charming Ruy Blas Overture, a work he composed in only two days; Stravinsky’s driven Symphony in C; and one of Dvořák’s most joyful works, his Symphony No. 8, inspired by Bohemian folk music.
The Orchestra Now
James Bagwell, conductor
Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture
Stravinsky: Symphony in C
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

Tickets: $25–$35; three concerts $75; four concerts $95. Tickets available by calling the box office at 845-758-7900, in person at the Sosnoff Theater box office, or by visiting the website at fishercenter.bard.edu.

About The Orchestra Now
TŌN was founded in 2015 as a training orchestra and three-year master’s degree program designed to prepare musicians for challenges facing the modern symphony orchestra. The Orchestra’s creation is based on the belief that to survive today’s musical landscape, contemporary musicians must go beyond the perfection of performance skills and repertoire. They must learn how to connect with concertgoers and create new ways to break down the barriers of reaching new audiences. To achieve this goal, the innovative TŌN curriculum involves both practical and academic activity comprising intensive, regular weekly orchestra rehearsal and course study with Bard College faculty, guest scholars, and performing artists. A Teaching Artist Program provides opportunities for students to engage in community outreach and education programs, and the graduate curriculum culminates in such independent study projects as managing a performing ensemble, curating a program that explores a topic of social importance, or working with community members to express life experiences through music. Musicians are selected through an audition process. All participants selected for the program will earn a Masters of Music in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies, and receive a full-tuition scholarship and health benefits. For more information, visit www.theorchestranow.org

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both an educator and a conductor to his role as founder of Bard College’s new master’s degree program and Music Director of The Orchestra Now. He has been the President of Bard College since 1975, co-Artistic Director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He also served as the Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2011 and is now Conductor Laureate. Mr. Botstein has an active career as a guest conductor with orchestras around the globe and has made numerous recordings, as well as being a prolific author and music historian. He has received numerous honors for his contributions to the music industry. More info online at LeonBotsteinMusicRoom.com.

Press contacts:
Pascal Nadon
Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088
Email: pascal@pascalnadon.com

Mark Primoff
Associate Vice President of Communications
Bard College
Phone: 845.758.7412
Email: primoff@bard.edu

 

TŌN to Premiere Two Pieces By Bard Conservatory Students

We’re excited to announce that we will be performing the world premieres of two works by students of the Bard Conservatory of Music. On April 23 & 24, 2016, we will play a piano concerto, Daughters Concerto, by Tamzin Elliott ‘16, and a piece from Daniel Zlatkin ’16, Climb, at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Visit the concerts page for more information.

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Happy Birthday, Luigi Cherubini! He was one of Beethoven’s favorite composers and one of ours, too! We’re playing the overture from his opera “The Two Days” at Carnegie Hall in January

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Bard College launches training orchestra, TŌN

Musical America

“TŌN is a three-year, tuition-free, masters-degree program to be directed by Bard College President, Leon Botstein, also a conductor and music historian. According to Botstein, TŌN’s members are “forward-thinking artists who intend to redefine what it means to be an orchestra.” They will be learning how to “curate repertoire that engages concertgoers, sparks new ideas, and attracts new audiences,” he says.” – Susan Elliott

BARD COLLEGE INAUGURATES INNOVATIVE NEW MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM AND TRAINING ORCHESTRA, THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN)

Bard President and TŌN Conductor Leon Botstein Announces First Performance Season, Beginning at Bard College and Expanding to Include Series at Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Free Concerts Throughout New York City

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, September 9, 2015 — The Orchestra Now (TŌN), an innovative master’s degree program and training orchestra founded by Bard College, welcomes its first students to class in September 2015, at the start of the academic year, and will begin its inaugural performance season at Bard on October 24. Under the leadership of conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, TŌN aims to break down the barriers between modern audiences and great orchestral music of the past and present. Distinctively suited to that goal, Bard offers TŌN participants an exceptional opportunity to receive graduate orchestral training within the intellectual atmosphere of a liberal arts college close to the most important classical music center in America.

“The young musicians of TŌN are forward-thinking artists who intend to redefine what it means to be an orchestra,” said music director Leon Botstein. “They will learn from a renowned faculty how to curate repertoire that engages concertgoers, sparks new ideas, and attracts new audiences.”

For the inaugural season, Botstein has gathered 37 extraordinary graduate musicians from the U.S. and six other countries—Hungary, Korea, China, Japan, Canada, and Venezuela—who will become the first class of the three-year Master of Music Degree Program in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. Selected from hundreds of applicants, the participants will rehearse, perform, and take courses with Bard College faculty, guest scholars, and performing artists, who will provide a historical and critical understanding of the orchestra’s past and present roles in society and its responsibilities within a changing musical landscape. A Teaching Artist Program will provide the members of TŌN with opportunities to engage in community outreach projects, and an independent study project in the program’s third year will foster both intellectual maturity and communication skills. Musicians joining TŌN will receive a full-tuition fellowship along with an annual living stipend of $24,000 and health benefits.

Highlights of the inaugural performance season will include concert series at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as free performances throughout New York City’s boroughs led by Leon Botstein, Associate Conductor and Academic Director James Bagwell, and guest conductors including JoAnn Falletta, Marcelo Lehninger, and Gerard Schwarz. Programs will offer unconventional juxtapositions of familiar and relatively unknown repertoire, including the U.S. premiere of Anton Reicha’s Symphony No. 3 and the New York premiere of Ferdinand Riese’s Piano Concerto No. 8 at Carnegie Hall on January 29. In selected programs, Leon Botstein will not only conduct the performance but also discuss the works and answer questions from the audience.

THE 2015–16 PERFORMANCE SEASON OF THE ORCHESTRA NOW

CONCERTS AT THE FISHER CENTER AT BARD COLLEGE
The TŌN season opens in residence at Bard College’s Fisher Center. A series of four concerts begins on October 24, 2015 and runs through April 24, 2016 at the Sosnoff Theater. The programs will be led by Music Director Leon Bostein and Associate Conductor James Bagwell, and feature cellists Rylan Gajek and Xi Yang and violinist Tianpei Ai as guest artists.

Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 8 PM & Sun, Oct 25, 2015 at 3 PM
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein
, conductor
Rylan Gajek, cello
Prokofiev: Summer Night
Weinberg: Cello Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11

Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 8 PM & Sun, Nov 15, 2015 at 3 PM
The Orchestra Now
James Bagwell
, conductor
Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture
Stravinsky: Symphony in C
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 8 PM & Sun, Feb 14, 2016 at 3 PM
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein
, conductor
Tianpei Ai, violin
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth“)

Sat, April 23, 2016 at 8 PM & Sun, April 24, 2016 at 3 PM
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein
, conductor
Xi Yang, cello
Ives: Three Places in New England
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
Parker: A Northern Ballad
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5
 
Tickets: $25–$35; 3 concerts $75; 4 concerts $95. Tickets available by calling the box office at 845-758-7900, in person at the Sosnoff Theater box office, or by visiting the website at fishercenter.bard.edu.

 SIGHT & SOUND AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
In Sight & Sound, The Orchestra Now will present a three-concert series in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium that pairs orchestral works with masterpieces from the Met’s collection, exploring the places where musical and visual expression meet. Leon Botstein will conduct all concerts, discuss the works performed, and answer questions from the audience.

Beethoven, Boilly and The Heroic Style, Sun, Dec 6, 2015 at 2 PM
This program invites the public to consider a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in the context of Boilly’s painting The Public Viewing David’s “Coronation” at the Louvre. Beethoven dedicated his Eroica (“Heroic”) symphony to Napoleon, but tore up the dedication page when the French leader crowned himself emperor. Boilly’s work depicts a crowd observing David’s famous painting of the very coronation that sent Beethoven into a rage.
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
Boilly: The Public Viewing David’s “Coronation” at the Louvre

Strauss, Watteau & Nostalgia, Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 2 PM
Strauss, who was obsessed with the past, wrote music for a 1912 update of Molière’s play Le bourgeois gentilhomme. He later transformed the score into an orchestral suite. This program sets his work alongside the figures in Watteau’s 1721 painting of a theatre scene, The French Comedians.
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Strauss: Le bourgeois gentilhomme
Watteau: The French Comedians

Mendelssohn, Turner & Romantic Imagination, Sun, May 22, 2016 at 2 PM
This program pairs Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony, begun after an 1829 trip to Britain, with the paintings of J.M.W. Turner, who took inspiration for his radical artworks from some of same landscapes and seascapes that the composer would have viewed.
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3
J.M.W. Turner: Whalers

Tickets: $30-$50; package of 3 concerts $75-$120. Tickets available online at www.metmuseum.org/events or call 212 535 7710 for more information.

CONCERTS AT CARNEGIE HALL
Leon Botstein and the Orchestra will present two concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage: Beethoven’s “Likes” on January 29, 2016—featuring a U.S. premiere by Anton Reicha and a New York premiere by Ferdinand Ries—and The Unfinished on May 13, 2016.

Beethoven’s “LikesFri, Jan 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 will be performed with pieces written by one of his friends, one of his students, and his favorite composer of the period, Cherubini. The Two Days Overture comes from Cherubini’s most popular opera. Anton Reicha’s Symphony No 3, which receives its U.S. premiere at this concert, was composed by one of Beethoven’s close friends in 1808, the year that Beethoven’s 5th and 6th Symphonies premiered. Piano Concerto No. 8, which receives its New York premiere, was written by Beethoven’s friend and piano student Ferdinand Ries, who also co-wrote one of the first biographies of Beethoven. The Concerto was composed a year before Beethoven’s death.
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Piers Lane, piano
Cherubini: The Two Days Overture
Reicha: Symphony No. 3 in F major (U.S. Premiere)
Ries: Piano Concerto No. 8 (N.Y. Premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

The Unfinished, Fri, May 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM
The Unfinished will focus on famous works abandoned by their composers, and is presented in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible.” Schoenberg returned to his Chamber Symphony No. 2 several times, but left it unfinished in 1916. Some 23 years later he revised and re-orchestrated the work for conductor Fritz Stiedry. Mozart was supposed to have written his Great Mass in C minor for a performance in Salzburg, but had only completed half of it by the time he arrived there. The work was performed in its unfinished state and never completed.
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 2
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor
Discussion by Leon Botstein, Limor Tomer, Andrea Behr and others

Tickets: $25–$75; on sale September 11 at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are available online at www.carnegiehall.org, by calling 212.247-7800, or in person at the Carnegie Hall box office.

FREE CONCERTS AROUND TOWN AND PRE-SEASON CONCERTS
TŌN will present a number of free performances in New York City’s boroughs, beginning on November 22 in the Bronx and continuing in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens through April 29. Two pre-season performances will also take place in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and Troy, New York and will allow for the new musicians to perform together prior to the season opening at Bard College in October.


Bronx, Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 3 PM
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx
Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Blair McMillen, piano
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
Haydn: Piano Concerto in D major
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4
Mozart: Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”

 
East Village, Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 7 PM
The Great Hall at Cooper Union
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale
Leó Weiner: Serenade for Small Orchestra
Ligeti: Romanian Concerto
Mozart: Symphony No. 31, “Paris”
Brooklyn, Fri, March 18, 2016 at 8 PM

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
James Bagwell, conductor
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”
Copland: Quiet City
Brahms: Serenade No. 1

Queens, Fri, April 29, 2016 at 8 PM
Queensborough Performing Arts Center
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Michael Ludwig, violin
Dvořák: Czech Suite
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

Pre-season performances:
Great Barrington, MA, Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Daniel Arts Center at Simon’s Rock
Leon Botstein, conductor
Anna Polonsky, piano
Haydn: Symphony No. 99
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Tickets: Free – No tickets required
Troy, NY, Sun, Oct 11, 2015 at 3 PM
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
James Bagwell, conductor
Rossini: Overture from Il signor Bruschino
Ives: Symphony No. 3 (“The Camp Meeting”)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

Tickets: $25 ($15 for students and Seniors) available now at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall www.troymusichall.org or by calling the Box Office at 518-273-0038.

For more information, visit www.theorchestranow.org

About The Orchestra Now
TŌN was founded in 2015 as a training orchestra and three-year master’s degree program designed to prepare musicians for challenges facing the modern symphony orchestra. The Orchestra’s creation is based on the belief that in order to survive today’s musical landscape, contemporary musicians must go beyond the perfection of performance skills and repertoire. They must learn how to connect with concertgoers and create new ways to break down the barriers of reaching new audiences. To achieve this goal, the innovative TŌN curriculum involves both practical and academic activity comprising intensive, regular weekly orchestra rehearsal and course study with Bard College faculty, guest scholars, and performing artists. A Teaching Artist Program provides opportunities for students to engage in community outreach and education programs, and the graduate curriculum culminates in such independent study projects as managing a performing ensemble, curating a program that explores a topic of social importance, or working with community members to express life experiences through music. Musicians are selected through an audition process. All participants selected for the program will earn a Masters of Music in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies, and receive a full-tuition scholarship and health benefits.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both an educator and a conductor to his role as founder of Bard College’s new master’s degree program and Music Director of The Orchestra Now. He has been the President of Bard College since 1975, co-Artistic Director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He also served as the Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2011 and is now Conductor Laureate. Mr. Botstein has an active career as a guest conductor with orchestras around the globe and has made numerous recordings, as well as being a prolific author and music historian. He has received numerous honors for his contributions to the music industry.
More info online at LeonBotsteinMusicRoom.com.

Press contacts:
Pascal Nadon
Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088
Email: pascal@pascalnadon.com

Mark Primoff
Associate Vice President of Communications
Bard College
Phone: 845.758.7412
Email: primoff@bard.edu

Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets to all of our concerts in the 2015-16 season are now on sale! Visit the concerts page to purchase tickets for our performances at Carnegie Hall, The Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and to find information about our free concerts around New York City. We can’t wait to see you!

 Photo by Jito Lee

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