Make Our Garden Grow

The musicians of TŌN are proud to present two weekends of FREE chamber music concerts Feb 10-11 & 19 in Rhinebeck, Hudson, Kingston, Tivoli, and more, all inspired by Voltaire’s Candide. It all culminates in their performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide on Feb 25/26.

>Chamber Music Festival Details

Photo by David DeNee

Eleanor Lee: Let’s get physical

The January edition of our video series TŌN Close-Ups spotlights cello player Eleanor Lee.

She talks about the physicality of playing an instrument, the link between the cello and the human voice, and her hopes for the future of classical music.

Milad Daniari: It started with “Jaws”

We are excited to debut our new video series TŌN Close-Ups, giving you behind-the-scenes access to some of our musicians.

This month we feature bass player Milad Daniari, who talks about the camaraderie among orchestra players, the connection with the audience, and how the movie Jaws helped him choose his instrument.

Set the TŌN!

Note: This event occurred on October 13, 2016.

Join Leon Botstein, Bridget Kibbey, and members of The Orchestra Now to celebrate TŌN’s first anniversary!

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM
City Winery
155 Varick Street in New York City

Cocktails & Dinner, with chamber performances by TŌN musicians and harpist Bridget Kibbey.


For more information, contact Nicole M. de Jesús at 646.237.5022 or

Seating for this event is limited. Please reply by October 5.

Michael Dorf, JoAnn Falletta, Piers Lane,
Maury Newburger, and Felicitas S. Thorne

Season 2 Tickets Now On Sale!

Grab the best seats before they’re gone! Tickets are now on sale for TŌN’s Season 2 concerts at the following venues:

FISHER CENTER at Bard College
Highlights include Elgar‘s Enigma variationsBartók‘s Miraculous Mandarin, a semi-staged concert performance of Bernstein‘s Candide, and a special Memorial Day-weekend concert led by Fabio Luisi.

In December, music by Russian composers (including Prokofiev) whose works were denounced in the 1948 Zhdanov decree. And in March, two orchestral suites by Respighi and a one-act opera-in-concert, Susanna’s Secret.

Conductor and musical historian Leon Botstein and the orchestra explore the places where musical and visual expression meet, pairing orchestral works with masterpieces from The Met’s collection. Includes a discussion, performance, and Q&A.

ROSE THEATER at Jazz at Lincoln Center
In November, an all-American concert featuring works by Bernstein & Copland, including the latter’s Appalachian Spring Suite. In May, Oleg Caetani leads a program of works by Schoenberg, Schubert, and Shostakovich.

James Bagwell leads a concert that includes Bernard Herrmann‘s Prelude from North by Northwest and Philip Glass‘ Symphony No. 1, Low, based on David Bowie’s album of the same name.

We’ll see you at a concert soon!

Photo by Jito Lee

TŌN Kicks Off the Bard Music Festival Aug 5

Note: This festival took place in August 2016.

The Orchestra Now is proud to take part in the 27th annual Bard Music Festival: Puccini and His World. TŌN will perform works by Puccini, Verdi, Mascagni and others in the opening night concert, Opera, Politics, and the Italian, taking place Friday, Aug 5 at 8 PM at Bard College’s Fisher Center.

TŌN will also be performing in two other BMF concerts: Futurism, Popular Culture, and Technology on Aug 12; and Reinventing the Past on Aug 13. To see a full schedule for the 2016 Bard Music Festival, click here.

Announcing our 2nd season of concerts

The Orchestra Now will kick off our 2016–17 season on September 24. We have added 36 new faces in our second season for a total of 68 musicians from 10 countries: the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela.

Highlights include:

  • A new series at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, including an all-American composers concert
  • An expanded series at Bard College, including two special events: a performance of Bernstein’s Candide, and a Memorial-Day-weekend concert led by Fabio Luisi
  • Three events in our Sight & Sound series linking music with the visual arts at The Met Fifth Avenue
  • Two more evenings at Carnegie Hall, including a concert performance of a rarely-heard one-act Italian opera
  • More free concerts in venues around the boroughs of New York City
  • and more!

Click here to see the full season.

Tickets are available for some performances now, and many more will be available in August and September. Check back for more info!

Photo by Matt Dine