Entries by Brian Heck

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 […]

THE ORCHESTRA NOW SPRING SEASON PRESENTS FIVE NEW YORK CITY CONCERTS MARCH 16 – MAY 20, 2018

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 […]

TŌN’s Elias Rodriguez on Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1

Elias Rodriguez, winner of The Orchestra Now’s 2017 Concerto Competition, performed Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra on February 17 and 18, 2018. Below are his thoughts on this piece.  There is no doubt that the clarinet was Carl Maria von Weber’s favorite wind instrument. Weber’s contributions to clarinet literature are significant and […]

Watch the Sight & Sound livestream

Curious about our series Sight & Sound at The Metropolitan Museum of Art? Now you can watch a full concert online! At Shostakovich, Michelangelo & The Artistic Conscience, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explored the parallels between Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo and the artwork of Michelangelo. On-screen artworks were discussed alongside musical excerpts, followed by […]

The Promethean Enigmas

ConcertoNet.com “Never in its three years of existence have the young musicians of The Orchestra Now sounded more vibrant, rarely has a vocal soloist been as convincing and expressive as the Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan. Yet this afternoon at The Metropolitan Museum of Art belonged solely to Leon Botstein. . . . After the intermission, […]

Get to know the TŌN musicians!

Get to know the outstanding musicians of TŌN on our YouTube channel! Some of our finest oboe, viola, bassoon, and violin players share their personal stories to give audiences some insight into the musicians’ experience.

THE ORCHESTRA NOW STARTS THE NEW YEAR WITH FOUR CONCERTS JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 18, 2018

Appearances Include Two NYC Performances: A Program on Shostakovich and Michelangelo at The Metropolitan Museum of Art And a Free Concert at Peter Norton Symphony Space Plus Two Programs at the Fisher Center at Bard College Featuring Gershwin’s American in Paris and Mahler’s 7th Symphony Annandale-on Hudson, New York, January 10, 2018 – The Orchestra […]

Watch the TŌN performance series on YouTube

Find out which pieces our musicians love to play in TŌN’s performance series on YouTube. Enjoy performances of works by Beethoven, Holst, Bach, and others as performed by TŌN musicians on solo oboe, viola, bassoon, and violin.

Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality

The New York Times “At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the conductor Leon Botstein discussed Schoenberg’s “Erwartung” (“Expectation”), a one-act monodrama for soprano and orchestra, written in 1909, and led The Orchestra Now, an ensemble from Bard College (where Mr. Botstein is the president), and the soprano Kirsten Chambers in excerpts from the piece to illustrate his points. […]