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The New York Times

“Perhaps only a figure with repertoire tastes as idiosyncratically intellectual as the conductor and Bard College president Leon Botstein would found a new ensemble called The Orchestra Now and perform such rarely heard composers as Frank Martin and Anton Rubinstein. Under the direction of Mr. Botstein and his expansive musical palate, the programming of this new orchestra echoes that of the storied American Symphony Orchestra but is populated with a young group of students who attend Bard and play regularly in New York City.

Now in its third season, The Orchestra Now will perform an intriguing program at Carnegie on Thursday that includes Bartók’s classic “Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra” with soloists Anna Polonsky and Peter Serkin, but also two substantive curiosities: the Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s snarling Fourth Symphony, and László Lajtha’s Symphony No. 7, a colorfully stirring commemoration of the suppressed 1956 Hungarian Revolution.” —William Robin

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Leon Botstein will lead six concerts at Bard College’s Fisher Center in 2018–19 as part of The Orchestra Now’s fourth season. Just before the midterm elections we’ll play an all-American concert that includes Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. In February we’ll present works that illuminate the heroic, including selections from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung and StraussA Hero’s Life. In April we’ll hear how various composers have interpreted Psalm 130, “Out of the Depths,” and we’ll also give a special performance of Verdi’s immortal Requiem. In addition to all this, throughout the season we’ll be performing pieces by Brahms, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, and more.

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