THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) MAKES ITS NEW YORK CITY DEBUT AT LEHMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS IN THE BRONX SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, October 27, 2015  —  The Orchestra Now, the innovative new master’s degree program and graduate training orchestra founded by Bard College in 2015, will make its New York City debut at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts at Lehman College, in the Bronx on Sunday, November 22 at 3 pm. Brazilian-born conductor Marcelo Lehninger, currently Music Director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, will lead the Orchestra of 37 young graduate musicians from around the world and pianist Blair McMillen in a program of Prokofiev, Haydn, and Mozart. The concert marks the start of TŌN’s Around Town series, a string of FREE performances in New York City boroughs that continues through April 29. The next concert in the series will take place in Manhattan’s East Village at Cooper Union’s Great Hall on Dec 18, 2015.

Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 3 PM
Around Town: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts at Lehman College, in the Bronx

Marcelo Lehninger will conduct the New York City debut of The Orchestra Now in a program featuring two works by Prokofiev: one of his most popular pieces, the Classical Symphony; and the dazzling Piano Concerto in No. 4—played with only the left hand—performed by American pianist Blair McMillen. The afternoon will also include Mozart’s playful Symphony No. 35 and another showcase for Mr. McMillen, Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major.
Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Blair McMillen, piano
ProkofievClassical Symphony
HaydnPiano Concerto in D major
ProkofievPiano Concerto No. 4
MozartSymphony No. 35, “Haffner”

Tickets:  FREE tickets available at the box office at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West in the Bronx, or by calling 718.960.8833. Tickets are not available online.

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

BARD’S THE ORCHESTRA NOW SOARS

The Millbrook Independent

“The first performance of the full TŌN (pronounced tone) Orchestra, The Orchestra Now, at Bard proved to be a resounding success on October 24. This augers well for both students, patrons, and loyal attendees of the Sosnoff Theater where the concert hall was 95% sold out as conductor Leon Botstein took the podium.

The result [of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11] was terrifying, musically overpowering, thrilling. Botstein and orchestra became a single entity. The audience sat stunned, speechless. People gradually began to applaud, then slowly stand, until all were standing and applauding. What an auspicious start to the TŌN project!” – Kevin T. McEneaney

Photo by Matt Dine

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