Annandale-on-the-Hudson, New York, November 10, 2015 – The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will debut at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with a new performance series titled Sight & Sound on Sunday, December 6 at 2 pm. The three-concert series will pair orchestral works with masterpieces from the Met’s collection, exploring the places where musical and visual expression meet. Leon Botstein will conduct the concerts, discuss the works performed, and answer questions from the audience in a lively presentation. The next concert in the Sight & Sound series, Strauss, Watteau & Nostalgia, will take place on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 2 PM.

The Orchestra Now is an innovative new master’s degree program and graduate training orchestra founded in 2015 by Bard College. Sight & Sound at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of four separate concert series to be launched during the Orchestra’s 2015-16 season, including those at Bard College, Carnegie Hall, and a schedule of FREE concerts throughout New York City boroughs that will feature guest conductors including JoAnn Falletta, James Bagwell, Zachary Schwartzman and Gerard Schwarz.

Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2 pm
Sight and Sound at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

This inaugural 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. In Boilly’s work, we see a crowd observing David’s famous painting of the very coronation that sent Beethoven into a rage. Conductor and musicologist Leon Botstein will draw parallels between the art and the music, and answer questions from the audience.

The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
Boilly: The Public Viewing David’s “Coronation” at the Louvre

Tickets to this event include Museum admission, come early and view the painting that inspired this performance.
Tickets start at: $30-$50; package of 3 concerts $75-$120. Tickets available online at or call 212 570 3949 for more information.


About The Orchestra Now
TŌN was founded in 2015 as a graduate 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

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

About Met Museum Presents
The live arts series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that explores contemporary innovations through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions and unparalleled gallery spaces with singular performances and talks. Met Museum Presents invites artists, performers, curators, and thought-leaders to explore and collaborate within The Met, leading with groundbreaking commissions, world premieres, and site-specific durational performances.

Press contacts:
Pascal Nadon
Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088

Mark Primoff
Associate Vice President of Communications
Bard College
Phone: 845.758.7412

TŌN Bassoonist Writes Article About “Finding a Voice”

TŌN bassoonist Wade Coufal has written an article titled “Finding a Voice” for Overtones, the magazine of the Curtis Institute of Music. In it, he describes his year making music with young patients at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Click here to read the full article.

Photo by Jito Lee