New Concerts Added Feb 28 & Apr 9–10

Note: These concerts took place in February and April, 2016.

We’ve just added two new concerts to the Spring 2016 season! Gerard Schwarz will conduct the orchestra in a FREE concert at The Town Hall in midtown Manhattan on Sun, Feb 28 at 3 PM. Then on April 9 & 10, TŌN will be joined by soloists from Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, Bard Festival Chorus, and Bard Chamber Chorus for a performance of Handel’s MessiahTickets for that performance are on sale now.

The Virgin and Child in Majesty and the Adoration of the Magi (detail), Attributed to the Master of Pedret (Spanish, Catalonia, 12th century)


Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, December 3, 2015  —  The Orchestra Now, the innovative new master’s degree program and graduate training orchestra founded by Bard College in 2015, will give a FREE concert of music both known and unfamiliar in Manhattan’s East Village at the Great Hall at Cooper Union on Friday, December 18 at 7 PM. Zachary Schwartzman, Blue Hill Troupe Music Director and Assistant Conductor for the American Symphony Orchestra, will lead the ensemble of 37 young graduate musicians from around the world in a program of works by Schumann, Weiner, Ligeti, and Mozart.

The performance is the second of five in TŌN’s Around Town series of free concerts at venues big and small throughout New York City during the Orchestra’s inaugural 2015 – 16 season.  The next Around Town concert will take place at The Town Hall, in Times Square, on February 28, 2016.

Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7 PM
Around Town: The Great Hall at Cooper Union, Manhattan’s East Village

Zachary Schwartzman will conduct The Orchestra Now in a program that begins with the popular Symphony No. 31, written by a 22 year-old Mozart during his unsuccessful job search in Paris; followed by Leó Weiner’s romantic Serenade for Small Orchestra and Schumann’s short and light Overture, Scherzo and Finale, a work the composer called a “symphonette.” The evening will close with the symphonic/folk music sounds of Ligeti’s 12-minute long Romanian Concerto, originally banned by the Hungarian government for its “incorrect harmonies.”
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Mozart: Symphony No. 31, “Paris”
Leó Weiner: Serenade for Small Orchestra
Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale
Ligeti: Romanian Concerto

FREE Concert, No Tickets Required: The Great Hall at Cooper Union is located in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, at Third Avenue in Manhattan’s East Village. General admission and doors open at 6:30 PM.


About The Orchestra Now
Founded in 2015, The Orchestra Now is an innovative training orchestra and master’s degree program at Bard College that is preparing a new generation of musicians to break down barriers between modern audiences and great orchestral music of the past and present. Under the leadership of conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, TŌN mines the wealth of underperformed repertoire, reimagines traditional concert formats, and strives to make the experience of the performers a part of the listeners’ experience. The musicians of TŌN hail from across the U.S. and six other countries: Hungary, Korea, China, Japan, Canada and Venezuela. In addition to a concert series at their home base—the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College—they perform multiple concerts each season at Carnegie Hall and offer free concerts at venues across the boroughs of New York City. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art they join TŌN’s Music Director Leon Botstein in the series Sight & Sound as he pairs orchestral works with masterpieces from the museum’s collection. In addition to Mr. Botstein and TŌN’s Associate Conductor and Academic Director, James Bagwell, guest conductors in the inaugural season include JoAnn Falletta, Marcelo Lehninger, and Gerard Schwarz. For more information, visit

About Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Zachary Schwartzman has conducted around the United States, in Brazil, England, Bosnia, and Mexico. He has served as Assistant Conductor for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Atelier (Toronto), Berkshire Opera Festival, Opéra Français de New York, L’Ensemble orchestral de Paris, Gotham Chamber Opera, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Connecticut Grand Opera, and Opera Omaha, among others. He was Associate Conductor for two seasons with New York City Opera, as well as Conductor in their VOX series, and has been Associate/Assistant Conductor at Glimmerglass Opera. Schwartzman has appeared as both Assistant Conductor and Conductor at Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival, and was recently appointed Resident Conductor of The Orchestra Now (TŌN) and Music Director of the Bard College Orchestra.

Press contacts:
Pascal Nadon
Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088

Free Chamber Music Concerts Added Dec 11 & 13

Note: These concerts took place in December, 2015

Select TŌN musicians will perform in free chamber concerts at Bard College on Fri, Dec 11 at 7:30 PM and Sun, Dec 13 at 3:30 PM. Friday’s concert will take place at the Chapel of the Holy Innocents and will include works by Bartók, Poulenc, Penderecki, and others. Sunday’s concert is at Bard Hall and will include works by Shostakovich and others. These concerts are free, no tickets necessary.

Photo by Jito Lee