Adina Tsai: No guts, no glory

Violin player Adina Tsai is featured in the latest edition of our video series TŌN Close-Ups.

She talks about her earliest musical memories, her favorite parts of playing in The Orchestra Now, and the surprising way livestock have been involved in making violins.


Orchestra Schedule

Announcing Season 3

The Orchestra Now is proud to announce it’s third season of concerts, featuring five concert series with novel programs offering wide-ranging repertoire.

The Orchestra Now’s residency at Bard College’s Fisher Center resumes with another season of moving music, from Mussorgsky’s haunting Night on Bald Mountain to Beethoven’s joyous Ninth Symphony.

Showcasing underperformed repertoire, this year’s series shines a light on symphonies, with conductor Leon Botstein leading four symphonic works by Herrmann, Korngold, Lajtha, and Saygun, in addition to Bartók‘s imaginative and colorful Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra.

Sight & Sound, one of TŌN’s most popular series, returns to The Met Museum where the orchestra, with conductor and music historian Leon Botstein, explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. First, on-screen artworks are discussed alongside musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now, followed by a full performance and audience Q&A.

TŌN returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater for two concerts with music ranging from Rubinstein to Berlioz.

TŌN continues this series of free concerts at multiple venues in New York City and beyond, providing families with an opportunity to attend their first orchestral performance and expose a new generation to classical music.

JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, returns to TŌN as a guest conductor for the third consecutive year, leading the orchestra in Holst‘s masterpiece The Planets.

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Photo by Jito Lee


Schubert and Shostakovich Symphonies at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater
Ives’ Three Places in New England at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Brahms and Beethoven at the Fisher Center

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, April 17, 2017The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will conclude its 2016–2017 season with three performances in May. Starting on May 5 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, TŌN – led by Oleg Caetani – will present a program including Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15. On May 21 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, music director Leon Botstein will conduct Ives’ Three Places in New England and lead the discussion and audience Q&A on the relationship between Ives’ music and the artwork of Marsden Hartley. Fabio Luisi will be on the podium at Bard College’s Fisher Center on May 28 for TŌN’s season finale with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist David Chan and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

TŌN at The Rose Theater Series
This series at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall will culminate in an evening of coincidental alliteration as works of Schoenberg, Schubert, and Shostakovich are performed. Oleg Caetani, renowned internationally for his deep knowledge of Shostakovich’s repertoire, will lead the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15, preceded by Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 3.

Schubert & Shostakovich
Fri, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Oleg Caetani, conductor
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1
Schubert: Symphony No. 3
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15

Tickets from $25 may be purchased online at, by calling 212-721-6500, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall box office at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Sight & Sound Series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
This series’ closing 2016-17 chapter explores the connections between Charles Ives’ music and the artwork of painter Marsden Hartley with Leon Botstein conducting Ives’ Three Places in New England. In this orchestral set – one of the first American pieces played outside of the country – Connecticut-born composer Charles Ives sought to evoke the atmosphere and history of three locations in New England through music. His contemporary, Maine-born painter Marsden Hartley, was himself deeply stirred by music. The artist returned to Maine in his final years and applied his modernist aesthetic to its landscapes.

This event also includes a discussion, illustrated with on-screen artworks and orchestral excerpts, and an audience Q&A led by Leon Botstein, in addition to the full music performance. It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Marsden Hartley’s Maine, on view at The Met Breuer March 14 – June 18, 2017.

Ives & Hartley: Landscapes of Modernism
Sun. May 21, 2017 at 2 pm
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Ives’ Three Places in New England and the artwork of Marsden Hartley

Tickets from $30 may be purchased online at; call 212-535-7710 for more information.

Special Concert at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
For the season finale concert, TŌN will host Fabio Luisi, principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, general music director of the Zurich Opera, and soon-to-be music director of the Opera di Firenze. Luisi, who is also the winner of a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, will lead The Orchestra Now in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist David Chan. The season will come to a close with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

Fabio Luisi Conducts Brahms
Sun. May 28, 2017 at 1 pm
Fabio Luisi
, conductor
David Chan, violin
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Tickets from $25 may be purchased by calling the box office at 845-758-7900, in person at the Fisher Center box office, or by visiting the website at

The Orchestra Now
Founded in 2015, The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is an innovative pre-professional 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. At a TŌN concert, musicians and audience inspire one another, each following their curiosity with a shared sense of adventure.

The musicians of TŌN hail from across the U.S. and eleven other countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Taiwan and Venezuela. In addition to a concert series at their home base – the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College – they perform multiple concerts each season at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and offer complimentary concerts at venues across the boroughs of New York City in the Around Town series. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art they join Leon Botstein in the series Sight & Sound as he explores the places where musical and visual expression meet, pairing 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 first two seasons include Jindong Cai, Federico Cortese, JoAnn Falletta, Fabio Luisi, Gerard Schwarz, and Zachary Schwartzman.

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Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now, the pre-professional orchestra and master’s degree program founded by Bard College. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975. He was the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003–2011, and is now conductor laureate. He will assume the artistic directorship of Grafenegg, Austria in 2018. Mr. Botstein is also a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the globe, has made numerous recordings, and is a prolific author and music historian. He is the editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly, and has received many honors for his contributions to music.

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Press Contact:
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Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088

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Announcing Season 3 at the Fisher Center

The Orchestra Now’s residency at the Fisher Center at Bard College continues in 2017–18 with a third season of stirring music, from Mussorgsky’s haunting Night on Bald Mountain to Beethoven’s joyous Ninth Symphony and Stravinsky’s revolutionary Rite of Spring. Soloists include the winner of TŌN’s 2017 concerto competition, and winners of Bard College Conservatory’s 2016 concerto competition.

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Full-season subscriptions are now on sale. Packages of 3 or 4 Fisher Center concerts go on sale in mid-May. Single tickets go on sale in early August.

Photo by Matt Dine