Entries by Brian Heck

Tan Dun Brings Nature’s Secrets to The Orchestra Now

Cadenza “The Orchestra Now gives hope. Founded in 2015 by Leon Botstein, TŌN is comprised of Master’s Degree students at Bard College, and can be found performing all over the city, including at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Metropolitan Museum of Art — sometimes for free. Like the student orchestra at Tanglewood, and Miami’s New […]

Brahms & Elgar Sing at Bard

The Millbrook Independent “The Orchestra Now under the baton of Leon Botstein opened its new season with the Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms and Symphony No. 1 by Edward Elgar. Not being familiar with the latter, I had no expectations, yet was pleasantly surprised. Yet I was even more heartily surprised by the introductory piece […]

Announcing Season Four: 2018–19 Concerts

The Orchestra Now is thrilled to announce our fourth season of concerts, which includes five concert series: at Carnegie Hall, Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Fisher Center at Bard College, and free concerts in New York City and Hudson, NY. Guest artists include […]

Season Four of Sight & Sound is now on sale!

Tickets are now available for the 2018–19 season of The Orchestra Now’s popular series Sight & Sound at The Metropolitan Museum of Art! At each event, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. First, A discussion is accompanied by musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now and […]

Music Choices Most Eclectic

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, […]

Subscriptions for Season 4 at the Fisher Center now on sale!

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 Strauss’ A Hero’s […]


Appearances Include Guest Pianists Peter Serkin and Anna Polonsky at Carnegie Hall, Performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Two Free Concerts at the Great Hall at Cooper Union and City College Center for the Arts Plus an All-Stravinsky Program at the Fisher Center at Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, […]

TŌN Romps With Weber and Mahler

The Millbrook Independent “Carl Maria von Weber’s Concerto No. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra still holds pride of place in the clarinet repertoire due to its wit, elegance, and superior writing for the clarinet, Weber’s favorite wind instrument. Elias Rodriguez, winner of TŌN’s 2017 Concerto Competition, played this dramatic and demanding piece with fierce finesse […]