Met Museum’s ‘Sight and Sound’ series returns with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now

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“Most New Yorkers have seen “The Scream” by Edvard Munch, even if it was just on a poster in an angsty teen’s bedroom. Now The Metropolitan Museum of Art wants you to hear the spectral painting.

On Dec. 3, The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will kick off its third season of “Sight & Sound” concerts at the museum by pairing a discussion of Munch’s work with a performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s “Erwartung,” a one-act monodrama about a disoriented, possibly delusional, woman (soprano Kirsten Chambers) searching for her lover in a forest.

There are “integral connections” between the Norwegian painter and the Austrian composer, according to TŌN music director Leon Botstein. It is those links, “between art and music, between the visual and the auditory,” which drive this unique series.” – Cory Oldweiler

Photo by David DeNee

THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) GIVES SPECIAL PERFORMANCE AT ALICE TULLY HALL

JOANN FALLETTA CONDUCTS NYC PREMIERE OF PENDERECKI’S DOUBLE CONCERTO PLUS WORKS BY HOLST AND ADAMS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 AT 7:30 PM

New York, NY, November 27, 2017JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, returns to guest conduct The Orchestra Now (TŌN) for the third consecutive year in a special concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on December 14. The program will be highlighted by the NYC premiere of Penderecki’s Double Concerto with the BPO’s concertmaster and principal cellist, Dennis Kim and Roman Mekinulov, in addition to Holst’s celebrated The Planets and Adams’ popular Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

As with all TŌN concerts, the performance will be illuminated with brief remarks by TŌN’s enthusiastic musicians, many of whom will be on hand to speak with audience members during intermission.

TŌN at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall
Thu. Dec 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm
John Adams’ quite famous Short Ride in a Fast Machine, born from a quick ride in a friend’s impressive Italian sports car that Adams describes as “rather terrifying,” opens the concert with an exciting, orchestral fanfare set in the minimalist style for which Adams is well-known. The work was a commission celebrating the opening of the Great Woods Festival in Massachusetts in 1986. The next work, Penderecki’s Double Concerto, was dedicated to violinist, violist, and conductor Julian Rachlin, who suggested a piece in which he could play and record both solo parts on violin and viola, similar to Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. The piece premiered in fall 2012 and was later adapted for violin, cello, and orchestra, as performed by TŌN. The concert culminates in what the composer, Gustav Holst, referred to as a “series of mood pictures.” The Planets is a seven-movement orchestral suite written at the end of World War I. The work is based on the astrological character of each of the planets, excluding Earth and also Pluto, which had not yet been discovered (and was subsequently downgraded to a dwarf planet). The suite was originally scored as a piano duet, except for Neptune, which was scored for organ to attain the necessary mysterious tone Holst desired. However, Holst later scored the The Planets for orchestra, a format that launched its popularity.
The Orchestra Now
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Dennis Kim, violin, concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Roman Mekinulov, cello, principal cellist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Bard Festival Chorale
Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Penderecki: Double Concerto (NYC Premiere)
Holst: The Planets

Tickets, starting at $25, may be purchased online at lincolncenter.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or in person at the Alice Tully Hall box office on Broadway at 65th Street.

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.

JoAnn Falletta
JoAnn Falletta is music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center. Upon her appointment to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999, Maestro Falletta became the first female conductor to lead a major American ensemble. She has since been credited with bringing the BPO to a new level of national and international prominence, demonstrated by BPO performances on national broadcasts of NPR’s Performance Today, SymphonyCast, and international broadcasts through the European Broadcasting Union.

Ms. Falletta has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. In 2017–18 she will guest conduct orchestras in Japan, Mexico, Spain, Berlin, Ireland and across the US.

She has served as a Member of the National Council on the Arts, was recently elected as a member of the esteemed American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is the recipient of many prestigious conducting awards. Her discs for the Naxos label have won two Grammy Awards and ten Grammy nominations. This season, she will be featured on Naxos recordings of music by Kodaly and Wagner with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, a recording of music of Franz Schreker with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and her fifth world premiere disc of Kenneth Fuchs’ music with the London Symphony.

For more information, visit www.joannfalletta.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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THE ORCHESTRA NOW OPENS 3RD SEASON OF SIGHT & SOUND SERIES AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART WITH SCHOENBERG, MUNCH & EXPRESSIONISM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 2 PM

New York, NY, November 14, 2017 —  The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will open the third season of its popular Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday, December 3 at 2 PM. In a program titled Schoenberg, Munch & Expressionism, music director Leon Botstein will lead TŌN and Metropolitan Opera soprano Kirsten Chambers in an afternoon exploring the links between the composer’s music and artwork and the artworks of Edvard Munch. The program is presented in conjunction with Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, on view at The Met Breuer from November 15, 2017 to February 4, 2018.

“By combining the extraordinary resources of The Met and its collections with the gifted musicians of The Orchestra Now, we are able to offer the series’ growing audience as well as these young artists an unparalleled opportunity to experience the music in a broader context,” said Limor Tomer, the Museum’s General Manager of Live Arts. “The excitement surrounding Sight & Sound is the validation of our concertgoers’ and visitors’ interest in this unique approach.”

The Sight & Sound series, with conductor and music historian Leon Botstein, explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. On-screen artworks are discussed alongside musical excerpts performed by the Orchestra, followed by a full performance and audience Q&A. Series programs follow below.

Sight & Sound: Schoenberg, Munch, & Expressionism
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Sun. Dec 3, 2017 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Kirsten Chambers, soprano
Schoenberg’s Erwartung (“Expectation”) and the Artwork of Munch & Schoenberg
At the climax of Schoenberg’s compact operatic monodrama, a woman screams upon finding the dead body of her lover. The close connections between Schoenberg’s score and Munch’s symbolism—particularly his well-known work The Scream—extend beyond the composer’s expressionist music. The composer was also a painter, heavily influenced by Munch.

Tickets from $30, series from $75, Bring the Kids for $1. Tickets may be purchased online at metmuseum.org/sightandsound, by calling The Met at 212.570.3949, or in person at The Great Hall box office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 5th Ave and 82nd St.

The next Sight & Sound concerts are:
Shostakovich, Michelangelo, & the Artistic Conscience
Sun. Feb 11, 2018 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Tyler Duncan, baritone
Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo and the artwork of Michelangelo & others
Debussy & French Painting: Beyond Realism
Sun. May 20, 2018 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Members of the Bard Festival Chorale
Debussy’s Nocturnes and the artwork of the French Impressionists

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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Don’t Miss The Orchestra Now

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“On the musical engagement front, don’t miss The Orchestra Now (TŌN). Its noble aim is to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences, led by renowned conductor Leon Botstein.

The musicians are handpicked from the world’s leading conservatories and their performances, as evidenced by their recent Carnegie Hall rendition of Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho Suite,” “Symphony No. 1” and Erich Korngold’s “Symphony in F. Sharp,” was dramatic and intense. TŌN is an opportunity to see talented musicians early in their careers.

What’s so impressive about the accomplished TŌN is its variety — upcoming concerts include Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Shostakovich’s “Michelangelo” — and occasional free concerts at Symphony Space on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.” – Fern Siegel

Photo by David DeNee