Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, February 26, 2016 — 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 at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ Walt Whitman Theatre on Friday, March 18 at 8 PM. James Bagwell, associate conductor of The Orchestra Now (TŌN) and principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, will lead the ensemble of 37 young graduate musicians from around the world in a program of works by Copland, Beethoven, and Ives.
The performance is the fourth 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 Queensborough Performing Arts Center, Bayside on April 29, 2016.
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8 PM
Around Town: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
The program begins fittingly with a contemplative work by Brooklyn native Aaron Copland titled Quiet City. Copland originally wrote Quiet City as incidental music for a play of the same name by Irwin Shaw. However, since the play was unsuccessful, he adapted the work for the concert hall predominately using trumpet, occasionally interspersed with English horn, to express the pensive thoughts of the main character. The mood then shifts to nostalgia in Ives’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 3rd Symphony, which is largely based on early 19th–century hymns. Ives identified the three-movement work as “a kind of crossway between the older ways and the newer ways.” And finally, Beethoven’s “Haydnesque” 8th Symphony brings a light and humorous tone to the program. Although the composer lovingly referred to the work as his “little symphony in F,” it was not as well-received by critics as his larger and more progressive 7th Symphony, which premiered just two months previously. Beethoven led the premiere of the four-movement work in 1814 despite becoming increasingly deaf.
James Bagwell, conductor
Copland: Quiet City
Ives: Symphony No. 3, “The Camp Meeting”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
FREE Concert: General Admission, no tickets necessary. RSVP at www.theorchestranow.org. The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Whitman Theatre is located at 2900 Avenue H between Bedford Ave and Nostrand Ave in Brooklyn. Doors open at 7:30 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 performances 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 www.theorchestranow.org.
Pascal Nadon Communications