Leon Botstein brings The Orchestra Now to Carnegie Hall for its third season

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“Friday, Nov. 3, The Orchestra Now comes to Carnegie Hall for its third season. Maestro Leon Botstein leads musicians selected from world-renowned conservatories in symphonic works by Bernard Herrmann and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, both of whom enjoyed distinguished Hollywood careers as film score composers. In an exclusive interview, Leon Botstein told Blasting News what drove him to found TŌN, what sets the ensemble apart from other orchestras and what he hopes audiences will take away from the Nov. 3 concert.” —Richard Carter

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The 2nd annual “Set the TŌN” Benefit

Note: This event took place in November 2017.

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, The Orchestra Now will be hosting the second annual Set the TŌN benefit event at City Winery in Manhattan.

Join us for a cocktail reception, concert, and dinner with performances by members of The Orchestra Now.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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TŌN debuts on WMHT Live!

The Orchestra Now is pleased to announce our debut on WMHT Live! Tune in to WMHT-FM 89.1/88.7, serving Eastern New York and Western New England, on Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 6 PM to hear Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony, conducted by Leon Botstein.

Future broadcasts will take place on Nov 5, 2017; Jan 28, 2018; March 18, 2018; April 8, 2018; and May 20, 2018.


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Guest Conductor Gerard Schwarz to Lead NY Premiere of Goossens’ Jubilee Variations in Concerts at the Fisher Center at Bard College, and at Manhattan’s Symphony Space as part of the Around Town Series of Free Concerts, November 18 – 19

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, October 12, 2017 – The Orchestra Now (TŌN) begins its third season at Carnegie Hall under the baton of music director Leon Botstein on November 3 with a program featuring a suite of music from Bernard Herrmann’s suspenseful score for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film Psycho. Acclaimed guest conductor Gerard Schwarz—music director of the Emmy Award-winning All-Star Orchestra—will take the podium for two more November concerts titled Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony: one at the Fisher Center at Bard College on November 18, and in Manhattan at Peter Norton Symphony Space on November 19 as part of the Around Town series of free concerts.

All concerts are enlightened with brief remarks by TŌN’s enthusiastic musicians, many of whom will be on hand to speak with audience members during intermissions.

CARNEGIE HALL SERIES, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Music director Leon Botstein and TŌN open their 2017-18 season at Carnegie Hall with the suite from Bernard Herrmann’s thrilling score to Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho. Only the string section of the orchestra is used for this work, and few movie-goers can forget the screaming violins during the famous shower scene.   Well-known as a composer of movie music, Herrmann wrote the scores for seven Hitchcock films including Vertigo and The Birds, in addition to collaborations with Orson Welles in Citizen Kane and Rod Serling’s TV series The Twilight Zone. His non-programmatic Symphony No. 1 was co-commissioned by CBS and the New York Philharmonic in 1940. Audiences will also hear a symphony by Erich Korngold, another symphonic film composer, who wrote movie music for both Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros., and whose score for the movie The Adventures of Robin Hood received an Oscar for the best film score of 1938.

Herrmann’s Psycho Suite
Friday November 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Herrmann: Psycho Suite
Herrmann: Symphony No. 1
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Symphony in F-sharp

Tickets prices start at $25. Tickets may be purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800, or in person at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th and Seventh.

The third program in The Orchestra Now’s 2017–18 residency at Bard College’s Fisher Center will be led by esteemed guest conductor Gerard Schwarz, music director of The All-Star Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival, and conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony. The evening will offer one of Bruckner’s most popular works, his Symphony No 4 (written at the height of the Romantic movement), as well as the New York premiere of Eugene Goossens’ distinctively American Jubilee Variations, a piece with ten movements by ten different American composers, including Aaron Copland. Maestro Schwarz will repeat the program the following afternoon at Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan as part of the Around Town series of free concerts.

Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony
Saturday November 18, 2017 at 8 pm
Bard College’s Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Eugene Goossens: Jubilee Variations
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”

The next Fisher Center concert is Gershwin’s An American in Paris with conductor James Bagwell on February 3-4, 2018.

Ticket prices begin at $25 and 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 fishercenter.bard.edu.

TŌN’s popular series of free Around Town concerts take place at venues throughout New York City and beyond.  The Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony performance is the second of five programs offered during the 2017–18 season.

Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony
Sunday November 19, 2017 at 4 pm
Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Repeat of November 18 program

The next Around Town concert is Sibelius & Rimsky Korsakov, conducted by Zachary Schwartzman at Symphony Space on January 21, 2017.

Tickets: These concerts are FREE, no tickets necessary. RSVPs can be made one month before each concert at theorchestranow.org or by calling The Orchestra Now at 646.237.5034.

The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of some 80 vibrant young musicians from more than 12 different countries around the globe, whose goal is to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences. They are lifting the curtain on the musicians’ experience by sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from hundreds of applicants from the world’s leading conservatories—including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music—the members of TŌN are not only rousing audiences with their critically acclaimed performances, but also enlightening curious minds by presenting on-stage introductions and demonstrations at concerts, offering program notes written from the musicians’ perspective, and connecting with patrons through one-on-one discussions during intermissions.

Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein founded TŌN in 2015 as a master’s degree program at Bard College, where he also serves as president. The Orchestra is in residence at Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, offering multiple concerts there each season as well as participating in the annual Bard Music Festival. The Orchestra also performs numerous concert series at major venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a schedule of free performances across New York City boroughs. TŌN has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Fabio Luisi, Neeme Järvi, Gerard Schwarz, and JoAnn Falletta.

For upcoming activities and more detailed information about the musicians, visit theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now. 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. In 2018, he will assume artistic directorship of the institute of Grafenegg, Austria. 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.

More info online at LeonBotstein.com.

Press Contacts:
Pascal Nadon
Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088
Email: pascal@pascalnadon.com

Mark Primoff
Associate Vice President of Communications
Bard College
Phone: 845.758.7412
Email: primoff@bard.edu

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