2016–17 Fisher Center season announced

We’re happy to announce our 2016–17 season of concerts at the Fisher Center at Bard College. In our subscription series, we’ll be performing five concerts filled with outstanding music from all over the world, from the U.S. to Europe to China. Highlights include a suite from Bartók’s once-banned ballet The Miraculous Mandarin, Elgar’s greatly-loved Enigma Variations, and a clarinet concerto by Aaron Copland.

TŌN will also be performing two special events next season. In February, James Bagwell will conduct the orchestra and soloists from Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program in a concert performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Then in May, Grammy winner Fabio Luisi, principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, will come to the Fisher Center to lead a special Memorial Day-weekend concert.

Click here to see the full season.

New subscriptions and subscription renewals are available now. Single tickets go on sale August 8.

Check back soon for more information on the new season, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, The Met Fifth Avenue, and more!

Photo by Matt Dine

Tickets now available for free concert in Queens

Note: This event occurred on April 29, 2016.

Reserved-seat tickets are now available for TŌN’s free concert at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 29, 2016. Conductor JoAnn Falletta will lead the orchestra and guest violinist Michael Ludwig in works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, and Dvořák for this final concert in TŌN’s Around Town series of complimentary concerts in venues all over New York City.

This concert are free, but reserved-seat tickets are required. Be sure to grab the best seats today!

Photo by Cheryl Gorski

New Concert Added with Pianist Peter Serkin

Note: This event occurred on April 1, 2016.

Pianist Peter Serkin will join the orchestra, conductor Leon Botstein, the Bard Festival Chorale, and the Bard College Chamber Singers for a special performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy on Friday, April 1 at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA. This grand work will be followed up by one of the most famous pieces in all of classical music: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Tickets to this concert are free, but are extremely limited. Reserved seats will be available in advance, beginning March 11 at 5 PM. Click here for more info.

Photo by Kathy Chapman

Musicians write about what it’s like playing in TŌN

TŌN musicians Zachary Boeding and Thomas J Wible have written an article for the blog Musicovation discussing their first four months playing in The Orchestra Now and describing the program from the musician’s point of view.

“If we keep to tradition, we’ll have nothing but that. If we keep to tradition, we’re only silencing ourselves in a way. TŌN aims to help create a musician who not only can play, but one who can lure and intrigue his own contemporaries. We are being shown after much intense musical training how to be whom we want within ourselves and within our art.”

Photo by David DeNee

New Concerts Added Feb 28 & Apr 9–10

Note: These concerts took place in February and April, 2016.

We’ve just added two new concerts to the Spring 2016 season! Gerard Schwarz will conduct the orchestra in a FREE concert at The Town Hall in midtown Manhattan on Sun, Feb 28 at 3 PM. Then on April 9 & 10, TŌN will be joined by soloists from Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, Bard Festival Chorus, and Bard Chamber Chorus for a performance of Handel’s MessiahTickets for that performance are on sale now.

The Virgin and Child in Majesty and the Adoration of the Magi (detail), Attributed to the Master of Pedret (Spanish, Catalonia, 12th century)

Free Chamber Music Concerts Added Dec 11 & 13

Note: These concerts took place in December, 2015

Select TŌN musicians will perform in free chamber concerts at Bard College on Fri, Dec 11 at 7:30 PM and Sun, Dec 13 at 3:30 PM. Friday’s concert will take place at the Chapel of the Holy Innocents and will include works by Bartók, Poulenc, Penderecki, and others. Sunday’s concert is at Bard Hall and will include works by Shostakovich and others. These concerts are free, no tickets necessary.

Photo by Jito Lee

TŌN Bassoonist Writes Article About “Finding a Voice”

TŌN bassoonist Wade Coufal has written an article titled “Finding a Voice” for Overtones, the magazine of the Curtis Institute of Music. In it, he describes his year making music with young patients at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Click here to read the full article.

Photo by Jito Lee

Now Accepting Applications For 2016-17

Note: The application deadline for 2016-17 has passed. 

Interested in joining the orchestra? In TŌN, you will be part of a group of outstanding musicians who work together, share experiences and opportunities together, and learn from and collaborate with some of the finest orchestral performers in the world. Applications for 2016-17 are due December 15, 2015. For more information or to apply, visit bard.edu/theorchnow

Photo by Jito Lee

TŌN to Premiere Two Pieces By Bard Conservatory Students

We’re excited to announce that we will be performing the world premieres of two works by students of the Bard Conservatory of Music. On April 23 & 24, 2016, we will play a piano concerto, Daughters Concerto, by Tamzin Elliott ‘16, and a piece from Daniel Zlatkin ’16, Climb, at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Visit the concerts page for more information.

Photo by Jito Lee

Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets to all of our concerts in the 2015-16 season are now on sale! Visit the concerts page to purchase tickets for our performances at Carnegie Hall, The Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and to find information about our free concerts around New York City. We can’t wait to see you!

 Photo by Jito Lee