Tickets now available for free concert in Queens

Note: This event occurred on April 29, 2016.

Reserved-seat tickets are now available for TŌN’s free concert at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 29, 2016. Conductor JoAnn Falletta will lead the orchestra and guest violinist Michael Ludwig in works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, and Dvořák for this final concert in TŌN’s Around Town series of complimentary concerts in venues all over New York City.

This concert are free, but reserved-seat tickets are required. Be sure to grab the best seats today!

Photo by Cheryl Gorski

Bard President Leon Botstein Returns to the Daniel Arts Center with Celebrated Pianist Peter Serkin and The Orchestra Now

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—The Orchestra Now will return to Bard College at Simon’s Rock on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Daniel Arts Center. The Orchestra Now (TŌN), a pre-professional orchestra in residence at Bard College, will perform an all-Beethoven program under the baton of conductor Leon Botstein and pianist Peter Serkin. The Bard College Chamber Singers, and the Bard Festival Chorale will join TŌN for the Choral Fantasy. The orchestra will perform the 5th symphony – one of the most famous works in all of classical music. There will be a pre-concert discussion with Dr. Botstein at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but you must register and have a reservation to attend.

Founded in 2015 by Bard College, TŌN is a unique training orchestra and master’s degree program—preparing a new generation of musicians to break down barriers between modern audiences and noteworthy orchestral music of the past and present. Botstein, the music director, said, “The musicians of The Orchestra Now represent some of the finest musicians from around the world. I’m very pleased to return to the Daniel Arts Center with Peter Serkin.”

Dr. Botstein, described as “peerlessly adventurous” by the New York Times, brings a renowned career as a conductor, music director, and educator to his role in The Orchestra Now. The president of Bard College for forty years, Dr. Botstein has been the music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, and co-artistic director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since 1990. Dr. Botstein also served as the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2011. Botstein, a prolific author and music historian, has an active career as a guest conductor with orchestras around the globe. He has received many honors for his contributions to the music industry.

Peter Serkin’s musical heritage extends back several generations – his grandfather was the violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father is pianist Rudolf Serkin. A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Serkin, revered by The Daily Telegraph as “one of America’s finest pianists”, performs with the world’s most notable symphony orchestras. He has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, the Budapest, Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai String Quartets. As a founding member, he also performed with the Tashi Quartet.

Mr. Serkin’s orchestral appearances for the 2014-2015 season includes concerti by Mozart, Bartók, and Beethoven with the San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, and Sydney Symphonies, and the Florida Orchestra. In April, he gave the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize– and MacArthur Fellowship-winning composer Charles Wuorinen’s new piano concerto with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He gave solo recitals in New York, Sydney, Brisbane, and at Yale University, New Haven. Additionally, he played with the Orion String Quartet at the Ravinia, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and at Toronto Summer Music Festivals.

Mr. Serkin currently teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music.

The Bard Festival Chorale was formed in 2003 as the resident choir of the Bard Music Festival. It consists of the finest ensemble singers from New York City and surrounding areas. Many of its members have distinguished careers as soloists and as performers in a variety of choral groups; all possess a shared enthusiasm for the exploration of new and unfamiliar music.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock | the Early College is the only college in the country specifically designed for bright, highly motivated students ready to enter college after the 10th or 11th grade. Simon’s Rock offers a challenging program in the liberal arts and sciences, taught exclusively in small seminars by a supportive, highly trained faculty, who are leading scholars in their fields. The College grants degrees in more than 35 majors. The Princeton Review’s Best 380 Colleges rates academics at Simon’s Rock higher than Harvard and Princeton.

Bard Academy is the nation’s first two-year boarding and day program designed to prepare 9th and 10th graders for early college. Sharing a campus with the College, the Academy is taught by Simon’s Rock professors. In just six years, Academy students matriculating into the College can earn their Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

As part of the Bard network, Simon’s Rock has access to a global consortium of institutions —including numerous civic, scientific, and art organizations. For more information visit

Monica Bossinger
Communications Coordinator

Sandy Cleary
Director of the Daniel Arts Center

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“TŌN is unique not only in its makeup of musicians, grad students from around the country and abroad, but in its approach to engage its audience and re-imagine the traditional ways in which classical music is performed and heard.

‘The best way to bring new listeners in is to show them that the orchestra is made of people just like them, who can communicate their own love and enthusiasm for music,’ Leon Botstein, famed conductor and president of Bard College, told amNewYork. “They are going out into the community and designing their own programs to introduce and involve people of their own generation and the next.”

Alongside its “Around Town” series — its final concert will take place in Queens next month — the orchestra has put on innovative performances around the city. At TŌN’s Carnegie Hall debut in January, Botstein gave spirited introductions to each part of the orchestra’s program; detailing its history with a levity that humanized big names like Beethoven and Cherubini and brought them into a 21st century context.” – Keira Alexander

Photo by Jito Lee

New Concert Added with Pianist Peter Serkin

Note: This event occurred on April 1, 2016.

Pianist Peter Serkin will join the orchestra, conductor Leon Botstein, the Bard Festival Chorale, and the Bard College Chamber Singers for a special performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy on Friday, April 1 at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA. This grand work will be followed up by one of the most famous pieces in all of classical music: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Tickets to this concert are free, but are extremely limited. Reserved seats will be available in advance, beginning March 11 at 5 PM. Click here for more info.

Photo by Kathy Chapman