THE ORCHESTRA NOW OPENS 3RD SEASON OF SIGHT & SOUND SERIES AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART WITH SCHOENBERG, MUNCH & EXPRESSIONISM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 2 PM

New York, NY, November 14, 2017 —  The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will open the third season of its popular Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday, December 3 at 2 PM. In a program titled Schoenberg, Munch & Expressionism, music director Leon Botstein will lead TŌN and Metropolitan Opera soprano Kirsten Chambers in an afternoon exploring the links between the composer’s music and artwork and the artworks of Edvard Munch. The program is presented in conjunction with Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, on view at The Met Breuer from November 15, 2017 to February 4, 2018.

“By combining the extraordinary resources of The Met and its collections with the gifted musicians of The Orchestra Now, we are able to offer the series’ growing audience as well as these young artists an unparalleled opportunity to experience the music in a broader context,” said Limor Tomer, the Museum’s General Manager of Live Arts. “The excitement surrounding Sight & Sound is the validation of our concertgoers’ and visitors’ interest in this unique approach.”

The Sight & Sound series, with conductor and music historian Leon Botstein, explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. On-screen artworks are discussed alongside musical excerpts performed by the Orchestra, followed by a full performance and audience Q&A. Series programs follow below.

Sight & Sound: Schoenberg, Munch, & Expressionism
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Sun. Dec 3, 2017 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Kirsten Chambers, soprano
Schoenberg’s Erwartung (“Expectation”) and the Artwork of Munch & Schoenberg
At the climax of Schoenberg’s compact operatic monodrama, a woman screams upon finding the dead body of her lover. The close connections between Schoenberg’s score and Munch’s symbolism—particularly his well-known work The Scream—extend beyond the composer’s expressionist music. The composer was also a painter, heavily influenced by Munch.

Tickets from $30, series from $75, Bring the Kids for $1. Tickets may be purchased online at metmuseum.org/sightandsound, by calling The Met at 212.570.3949, or in person at The Great Hall box office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 5th Ave and 82nd St.

The next Sight & Sound concerts are:
Shostakovich, Michelangelo, & the Artistic Conscience
Sun. Feb 11, 2018 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Tyler Duncan, baritone
Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo and the artwork of Michelangelo & others
Debussy & French Painting: Beyond Realism
Sun. May 20, 2018 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Members of the Bard Festival Chorale
Debussy’s Nocturnes and the artwork of the French Impressionists

The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of some 80 vibrant young musicians from more than 12 different countries around the globe, whose goal is to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences. They are lifting the curtain on the musicians’ experience by sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from hundreds of applicants from the world’s leading conservatories—including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music—the members of TŌN are not only rousing audiences with their critically acclaimed performances, but also enlightening curious minds by presenting on-stage introductions and demonstrations at concerts, offering program notes written from the musicians’ perspective, and connecting with patrons through one-on-one discussions during intermissions.

Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein founded TŌN in 2015 as a master’s degree program at Bard College, where he also serves as president. The Orchestra is in residence at Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, offering multiple concerts there each season as well as participating in the annual Bard Music Festival. The Orchestra also performs numerous concert series at major venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a schedule of free performances across New York City boroughs. TŌN has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Fabio Luisi, Neeme Järvi, Gerard Schwarz, and JoAnn Falletta.

For upcoming activities and more detailed information about the musicians, visit theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975. He was the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003–2011, and is now conductor laureate. In 2018, he will assume artistic directorship of the institute of Grafenegg, Austria. Mr. Botstein is also a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the globe, has made numerous recordings, and is a prolific author and music historian. He is the editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly, and has received many honors for his contributions to music. More info online at LeonBotstein.com.

Press Contacts:
Pascal Nadon
Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088
Email: pascal@pascalnadon.com

Mark Primoff
Associate Vice President of Communications
Bard College
Phone: 845.758.7412
Email: primoff@bard.edu

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Don’t Miss The Orchestra Now

HuffPost

“On the musical engagement front, don’t miss The Orchestra Now (TŌN). Its noble aim is to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences, led by renowned conductor Leon Botstein.

The musicians are handpicked from the world’s leading conservatories and their performances, as evidenced by their recent Carnegie Hall rendition of Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho Suite,” “Symphony No. 1” and Erich Korngold’s “Symphony in F. Sharp,” was dramatic and intense. TŌN is an opportunity to see talented musicians early in their careers.

What’s so impressive about the accomplished TŌN is its variety — upcoming concerts include Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Shostakovich’s “Michelangelo” — and occasional free concerts at Symphony Space on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.” – Fern Siegel

Photo by David DeNee

Leon Botstein brings The Orchestra Now to Carnegie Hall for its third season

Blasting News

“Friday, Nov. 3, The Orchestra Now comes to Carnegie Hall for its third season. Maestro Leon Botstein leads musicians selected from world-renowned conservatories in symphonic works by Bernard Herrmann and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, both of whom enjoyed distinguished Hollywood careers as film score composers. In an exclusive interview, Leon Botstein told Blasting News what drove him to found TŌN, what sets the ensemble apart from other orchestras and what he hopes audiences will take away from the Nov. 3 concert.” —Richard Carter

Photo by David DeNee

THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) OPENS THIRD SEASON AT CARNEGIE HALL WITH BERNARD HERRMANN’S PSYCHO SUITE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017

Guest Conductor Gerard Schwarz to Lead NY Premiere of Goossens’ Jubilee Variations in Concerts at the Fisher Center at Bard College, and at Manhattan’s Symphony Space as part of the Around Town Series of Free Concerts, November 18 – 19

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, October 12, 2017 – The Orchestra Now (TŌN) begins its third season at Carnegie Hall under the baton of music director Leon Botstein on November 3 with a program featuring a suite of music from Bernard Herrmann’s suspenseful score for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film Psycho. Acclaimed guest conductor Gerard Schwarz—music director of the Emmy Award-winning All-Star Orchestra—will take the podium for two more November concerts titled Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony: one at the Fisher Center at Bard College on November 18, and in Manhattan at Peter Norton Symphony Space on November 19 as part of the Around Town series of free concerts.

All concerts are enlightened with brief remarks by TŌN’s enthusiastic musicians, many of whom will be on hand to speak with audience members during intermissions.

CARNEGIE HALL SERIES, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Music director Leon Botstein and TŌN open their 2017-18 season at Carnegie Hall with the suite from Bernard Herrmann’s thrilling score to Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho. Only the string section of the orchestra is used for this work, and few movie-goers can forget the screaming violins during the famous shower scene.   Well-known as a composer of movie music, Herrmann wrote the scores for seven Hitchcock films including Vertigo and The Birds, in addition to collaborations with Orson Welles in Citizen Kane and Rod Serling’s TV series The Twilight Zone. His non-programmatic Symphony No. 1 was co-commissioned by CBS and the New York Philharmonic in 1940. Audiences will also hear a symphony by Erich Korngold, another symphonic film composer, who wrote movie music for both Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros., and whose score for the movie The Adventures of Robin Hood received an Oscar for the best film score of 1938.

Herrmann’s Psycho Suite
Friday November 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Herrmann: Psycho Suite
Herrmann: Symphony No. 1
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Symphony in F-sharp

Tickets prices start at $25. Tickets may be purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800, or in person at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th and Seventh.

THE FISHER CENTER SERIES AT BARD COLLEGE, Sosnoff Theater
The third program in The Orchestra Now’s 2017–18 residency at Bard College’s Fisher Center will be led by esteemed guest conductor Gerard Schwarz, music director of The All-Star Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival, and conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony. The evening will offer one of Bruckner’s most popular works, his Symphony No 4 (written at the height of the Romantic movement), as well as the New York premiere of Eugene Goossens’ distinctively American Jubilee Variations, a piece with ten movements by ten different American composers, including Aaron Copland. Maestro Schwarz will repeat the program the following afternoon at Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan as part of the Around Town series of free concerts.

Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony
Saturday November 18, 2017 at 8 pm
Bard College’s Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Eugene Goossens: Jubilee Variations
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”

The next Fisher Center concert is Gershwin’s An American in Paris with conductor James Bagwell on February 3-4, 2018.

Ticket prices begin at $25 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 845-758-7900, in person at the Fisher Center box office, or by visiting the website at fishercenter.bard.edu.

AROUND TOWN FREE CONCERTS SERIES
TŌN’s popular series of free Around Town concerts take place at venues throughout New York City and beyond.  The Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony performance is the second of five programs offered during the 2017–18 season.

Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony
Sunday November 19, 2017 at 4 pm
Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Repeat of November 18 program

The next Around Town concert is Sibelius & Rimsky Korsakov, conducted by Zachary Schwartzman at Symphony Space on January 21, 2017.

Tickets: These concerts are FREE, no tickets necessary. RSVPs can be made one month before each concert at theorchestranow.org or by calling The Orchestra Now at 646.237.5034.

The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of some 80 vibrant young musicians from more than 12 different countries around the globe, whose goal is to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences. They are lifting the curtain on the musicians’ experience by sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from hundreds of applicants from the world’s leading conservatories—including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music—the members of TŌN are not only rousing audiences with their critically acclaimed performances, but also enlightening curious minds by presenting on-stage introductions and demonstrations at concerts, offering program notes written from the musicians’ perspective, and connecting with patrons through one-on-one discussions during intermissions.

Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein founded TŌN in 2015 as a master’s degree program at Bard College, where he also serves as president. The Orchestra is in residence at Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, offering multiple concerts there each season as well as participating in the annual Bard Music Festival. The Orchestra also performs numerous concert series at major venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a schedule of free performances across New York City boroughs. TŌN has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Fabio Luisi, Neeme Järvi, Gerard Schwarz, and JoAnn Falletta.

For upcoming activities and more detailed information about the musicians, visit theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975. He was the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003–2011, and is now conductor laureate. In 2018, he will assume artistic directorship of the institute of Grafenegg, Austria. Mr. Botstein is also a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the globe, has made numerous recordings, and is a prolific author and music historian. He is the editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly, and has received many honors for his contributions to music.

More info online at LeonBotstein.com.

Press Contacts:
Pascal Nadon
Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088
Email: pascal@pascalnadon.com

Mark Primoff
Associate Vice President of Communications
Bard College
Phone: 845.758.7412
Email: primoff@bard.edu

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The Orchestra Now Concert at Bard Casts a Spell

The Millbrook Independent

“The first Orchestra Now concert of the season opened with Modest Mussorgsky’s Gothic Night on Bald Mountain, a celebration of the mythical witches Sabbath. An amusing romp, it certainly gets one’s attention. Although an extreme sensationalist, Mussorgsky is a force to be reckoned with; he remains easier to take in small doses like this where the world of rationality is left behind in favor of superstition and eerie dramatic effect. The orchestra of many new faces brought out the deliciously desired shiver. Mussorgsky had tried to slip the composition into a number of failed operas; it was not performed until five years after his death.” —Kevin T. McEneaney

Photo by Matt Dine

THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) OPENS NEW YORK CITY FALL SEASON AT LINCOLN CENTER WITH RUBINSTEIN & SIBELIUS LED BY NEEME JÄRVI AND A FREE CONCERT AT COOPER UNION AS PART OF THE AROUND TOWN SERIES

Plus Two Programs at the Fisher Center at Bard College and
Another Free Concert at Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock

September 23 – October 22, 2017

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, September 12, 2017 – The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will open its New York City fall season with the first concert of its TŌN at Rose Theater series at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on October 15. The program of works by Rubinstein, Sibelius, and Daugherty will feature the distinguished maestro Neeme Järvi as guest conductor with pianist Anna Shelest and cellist Zuill Bailey.

TŌN will precede the Rose Theater engagement with another Manhattan performance: a FREE Around Town concert led by associate conductor James Bagwell at The Great Hall at Cooper Union on October 1. The complimentary program will be repeated at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock on October 3. The Orchestra also begins its six-concert season in residence at Bard College’s Fisher Center with two fall programs on September 23–24 and October 21–22.

All concerts are illuminated with brief remarks by TŌN’s enthusiastic musicians, many of whom will be on hand to speak with audience members during intermissions.

The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a visionary orchestra founded in 2015 by Bard College president and conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein. Now in its third year, the success of the TŌN program has led to a total of more than 80 outstanding graduate musicians from 12 different countries chosen from hundreds of applicants from leading conservatories around the globe. All undertake the three-year Master of Music Degree Program in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies, surrounded by the intellectual atmosphere of a liberal arts college that encompasses one of the most progressive classical music centers in America.

Details of the Orchestra’s full season are available here.

THE FISHER CENTER SERIES AT BARD COLLEGE, Sosnoff Theater
The first of six programs in The Orchestra Now’s 2017–18 residency at Bard College’s Fisher Center, the series opens with Leon Botstein leading an all-Russian program of music by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev. Soloist Chaojun Yang—a winner of the Bard College Conservatory 2016 Concerto Competition—will be featured in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (September 23–24). The second program in the series spotlights baritone Nathaniel Sullivan, another Bard College Conservatory 2016 Concerto Competition winner, in Frank Martin’s Six Monologues from Jedermann. The eerie work is taken from Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s drama Everyman, and deals with man’s fear of death, and how faith and repentance will open the gates of heaven. The concert closes with Beethoven’s joyous Ninth Symphony (October 21–22).

Fisher Center Series at Bard College
Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony
Sat. Sep 23, 2017 at 8 pm
Sun. Sep 24, 2017 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Chaojun Yang, piano
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Sat. Oct 21, 2017 at 8 pm
Sun. Oct 22, 2017 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Nathaniel Sullivan, baritone
Chloé Olivia Moore, soprano
Teresa Buchholz
, mezzo-soprano
John Pickle
, tenor
Alfred Walker
, bass-baritone
Bard College Chamber Singers & Bard Festival Chorale
Frank Martin: Six Monologues from Jedermann
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

The next Fisher Center concert is Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony, led by guest conductor Gerard Schwarz on November 18.

Ticket prices begin at $25 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 845-758-7900, in person at the Fisher Center box office, or by visiting the website at fishercenter.bard.edu.

AROUND TOWN FREE CONCERTS SERIES
Haydn & Frankenstein!!
Sun. Oct 1, 2017 at 3 pm at The Great Hall at Cooper Union in Manhattan
Tue. Oct 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock
James Bagwell, conductor
Nathaniel Sullivan, baritone
Sibelius: Valse triste
Heinz Karl Gruber: Frankenstein!!
Haydn: Symphony No. 104, ‘London’

The next Around Town concert is Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony with guest conductor Gerard Schwarz at Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan on November 19.

Tickets: These concerts are FREE, no tickets necessary. RSVPs can be made one month before each concert at theorchestranow.org or by calling The Orchestra Now at 646.237.5034.

TŌN AT ROSE THEATER SERIES
TŌN opens its Rose Theater series at Lincoln Center on October 15 under the baton of the eminent maestro Neeme Järvi, who frequently guest conducts the world’s leading orchestras. Järvi will lead the Orchestra in a program that includes the internationally acclaimed Ukrainian pianist Anna Shelest in two glittering pieces by Anton Rubinstein, and a performance of Michael Daugherty’s dramatic Tales of Hemingway with cellist Zuill Bailey, who won a Best Solo Performance Grammy Award in 2017 for his live recording of the work.

TŌN at Rose Theater continues on March 29, when Leon Botstein leads the Orchestra in Walter Braunfels’ sumptuous Fantastic Appearances of a Theme by Berlioz, as well as the imaginative Symphonie fantastique.

TŌN at Rose Theater Series
Sibelius & Rubinstein
Sun. Oct 15, 2017 at 3 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Anna Shelest, piano
Zuill Bailey, cello
Sibelius: Andante Festivo
Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 4
Anton Rubinstein: Caprice russe
Michael Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway

The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of some 80 vibrant young musicians from more than 12 different countries around the globe, whose goal is to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences. They are lifting the curtain on the musicians’ experience by sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from hundreds of applicants from the world’s leading conservatories—including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music—the members of TŌN are not only rousing audiences with their critically acclaimed performances, but also enlightening curious minds by presenting on-stage introductions and demonstrations at concerts, offering program notes written from the musicians’ perspective, and connecting with patrons through one-on-one discussions during intermissions.

Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein founded TŌN in 2015 as a master’s degree program at Bard College, where he also serves as president. The Orchestra is in residence at Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, offering multiple concerts there each season as well as participating in the annual Bard Music Festival. The Orchestra also performs numerous concert series at major venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a schedule of free performances across New York City boroughs. TŌN has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Fabio Luisi, Neeme Järvi, Gerard Schwarz, and JoAnn Falletta.

For upcoming activities and more detailed information about the musicians, visit theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975. He was the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003–2011, and is now conductor laureate. In 2018, he will assume artistic directorship of the institute of Grafenegg, Austria. Mr. Botstein is also a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the globe, has made numerous recordings, and is a prolific author and music historian. He is the editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly, and has received many honors for his contributions to music.

More info online at LeonBotstein.com.

Press Contacts:
Pascal Nadon
Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088
Email: pascal@pascalnadon.com

Mark Primoff
Associate Vice President of Communications
Bard College
Phone: 845.758.7412
Email: primoff@bard.edu

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THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) ANNOUNCES 2017–2018 SEASON SEPTEMBER 23, 2017–MAY 20, 2018

Third Season Will Present Five Concert Series:
Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Fisher Center at Bard College, and Free Concerts in New York City and Beyond

JoAnn Falletta to Lead a Special Performance at Alice Tully Hall

Conductors Feature Leon Botstein, Neeme Järvi, Gerard Schwarz, Jan Latham-Koenig, James Bagwell, and Zachary Schwartzman

Soloists Include: Pianists Anna Polonsky, Peter Serkin, and Anna Shelest; Violinist Dennis Kim; Cellists Zuill Bailey and Roman Mekinulov; Baritones Jonathan Beyer and Tyler Duncan; Mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht; Soprano Kirsten Chambers; the Bard College Chamber Singers and Bard Festival Chorale.

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, April 20, 2017 — The Orchestra Now (TŌN), the visionary pre-professional orchestra and master’s degree program founded in 2015 by Bard College president and conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, will open its third season of five distinctive series at Bard College on September 23 with novel programs offering unconventional combinations of familiar and lesser-known repertoire.

The 2017–18 TŌN season will be adding more than 10 new participants to the program for a total of more than 80 outstanding graduate musicians from 12 different countries: the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, Hungary, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Spain, and Venezuela. All undertake the three-year Master of Music Degree Program in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. Hundreds of candidates competed for the opportunity to rehearse, perform, and study with Bard College faculty, guest scholars, and performing artists, surrounded by the intellectual atmosphere of a liberal arts college uniquely suited to the task, at one of America’s most forward-thinking classical music centers.

“As we approach the start of our third season, there is much to celebrate,” said music director Leon Botstein. “This season will witness the first class of 27 graduate students to complete their TŌN training in May 2018. The Orchestra will also release in 2018 its first recording on the Hyperion label, Ferdinand Ries: Piano Concertos No. 8 & 9, and Introduction and Polonaise Op. 174, recorded at the Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College. Add to this the exceptional caliber of guest artists and the wide range of repertoire we are exploring in 2017–18, plus the fact that the number of eager participants has nearly doubled since the Orchestra was founded in 2015. I couldn’t be more gratified with the success of the program.”

Highlights of the 2017–18 season include a special TŌN performance at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall featuring JoAnn Falletta conducting Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Neeme Järvi and Jan Latham-Koenig will make their debuts with the Orchestra and Gerard Schwarz and Zachary Schwartzman will also take the podium as guest conductors. TŌN’s primary conductors are music director Leon Botstein and associate conductor and academic director James Bagwell. The Orchestra Now‘s series at Jazz at Lincoln Center will present music ranging from Rubinstein to Berlioz at Frederick P. Rose Hall. The Fisher Center series at Bard College will offer Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, while the prestigious Carnegie Hall series continues to explore lesser-known repertoire with Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra. The popular Metropolitan Museum Sight & Sound series returns with three performances, including a pairing of Debussy’s Nocturnes with the artwork of the French Impressionists. Leon Botstein will discuss the works and answer questions from the audience in addition to conducting these performances. The FREE Around Town concert series comes back to multiple venues in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

THE ORCHESTRA NOW 2017–18 PERFORMANCE SEASON

THE FISHER CENTER SERIES AT BARD COLLEGE, Sosnoff Theater
The Orchestra Now’s residency at Bard College’s Fisher Center resumes with another season of moving music, from Mussorgsky’s haunting Night on Bald Mountain to Beethoven’s joyous Ninth Symphony. Former Seattle Symphony Orchestra director and now music director of The All-Star Orchestra Gerard Schwarz will be a guest conductor in this series, leading TŌN in Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony. James Bagwell will conduct the Orchestra in Gershwin’s An American in Paris. An all-Stravinsky concert led by Leon Botstein will include the second New York performance of the Russian composer’s Funeral Song, and his revolutionary Rite of Spring.

Soloists for this series include clarinetist Elias Rodriguez, winner of TŌN’s 2017 Concerto Competition; pianist ChaoJun Yang and baritone Nathaniel Sullivan, winners of the Bard College Conservatory 2016 Concerto Competition; baritone Jonathan Beyer, mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht, as well as the Bard College Chamber Singers and Bard Festival Chorale.

Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony
Sat. Sep 23, 2017 at 8 pm
Sun. Sep 24, 2017 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
ChaoJun Yang, piano
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Sat. Oct 21, 2017 at 8 pm
Sun. Oct 22, 2017 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Nathaniel Sullivan, baritone
Bard College Chamber Singers & Bard Festival Chorale
Frank Martin: Six Monologues from Jedermann
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony
Sat. Nov 18, 2017 at 8 pm
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Eugene Goossens: Jubilee Variations
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, ‘Romantic’

Gershwin’s An American in Paris
Sat. Feb 3, 2018 at 8 pm
Sun. Feb 4, 2018 at 2 pm
James Bagwell, conductor
Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Schumann: Symphony No. 2

Mahler’s Seventh Symphony
Sat. Feb 17, 2018 at 8 pm
Sun. Feb 18, 2018 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Elias Rodriguez, clarinet
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 1
Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
Sat. Apr 14, 2018 at 8 pm
Sun. Apr 15, 2018 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Katherine Pracht, mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Beyer, baritone
Bard College Chamber Singers & Bard Festival Chorale
All-Stravinsky:
Funeral Song
Symphony of Psalms
Requiem Canticles
The Rite of Spring

Tickets from $25 (series from $63.75). Packages available now; single tickets in early August. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 845.758.7900, in person at the Fisher Center box office, or by visiting the website at fishercenter.bard.edu.

SIGHT & SOUND SERIES AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Sight & Sound, one of TŌN’s most popular series, returns to The Metropolitan Museum of Art where the Orchestra, with conductor and music historian Leon Botstein, explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. First, on-screen artworks are discussed alongside musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now, followed by a full performance and audience Q&A.

Schoenberg, Munch, & Expressionism
Sun. Dec 3, 2017 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Kirsten Chambers, soprano
Schoenberg’s Erwartung (“Expectation”) and the Artwork of Munch & others
At the climax of Schoenberg’s compact operatic monodrama, a woman screams upon finding the dead body of her lover. The close connections between Schoenberg’s score and Munch’s symbolism—particularly his well-known work The Scream—extend beyond the composer’s expressionist music. The composer was also a painter, heavily influenced by Munch.
Presented in conjunction with Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, on view at The Met Breuer November 14, 2017–February 4, 2018.

Shostakovich, Michelangelo, & the Artistic Conscience
Sun. Feb 11, 2018 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Tyler Duncan, baritone
Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo and the artwork of Michelangelo & others
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s birth, Shostakovich set 11 poems by the Renaissance master to music. This symphonic song cycle illuminates the timeless struggle of artists across the ages—from Michelangelo to Beethoven and Shostakovich himself—in their quest to remain free.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue November 13, 2017–February 12, 2018.

Debussy & French Painting: Beyond Realism
Sun. May 20, 2018 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Members of the Bard Festival Chorale
Debussy’s Nocturnes and the artwork of the French Impressionists
Debussy’s Nocturnes have been celebrated for their ability to evoke imagery, light, and color. But is Debussy’s music really the answer to impressionist painting? His works and those of Manet, Degas, and Whistler—who created his own series of atmospheric, tonal scenes that he labeled “nocturnes”—illuminate how the artistic response to nature differs in music and painting.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue March 6, 2018–July 29, 2018.

Tickets from $30, series from $75, Bring the Kids for $1, available beginning April 25. Tickets may be purchased online at metmuseum.org/sightandsound, by calling The Met at 212.570.3949, or in person at The Great Hall box office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 5th Ave and 82nd St.

CARNEGIE HALL SERIES, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The Orchestra Now returns to Carnegie Hall for a season of concerts showcasing underperformed repertoire. This year, the series shines a light on symphonies, with the presentation of four symphonic works by Herrmann, Korngold, Lajtha, and Saygun, in addition to Bartók’s imaginative and colorful Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra. Soloists for this concerto performance are pianists Anna Polonsky and the world-renowned Grammy Award-winner Peter Serkin. Leon Botstein conducts the Orchestra through these extraordinary endeavors.

Herrmann’s Psycho Suite
Fri. Nov 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Herrmann: Psycho Suite
Herrmann: Symphony No. 1
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Symphony in F-sharp

Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos
Thu. May 3, 2018 at 7 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano
Anna Polonsky, piano
László Lajtha: Symphony No. 7, ‘Revolution’
Bartók: Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra
Ahmed Adnan Saygun: Symphony No. 4

Tickets prices start at $25, available in early August. Tickets may be purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800, or in person at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th and Seventh.

TŌN AT THE ROSE THEATER SERIES
In the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, The Orchestra Now presents two concerts with music ranging from Rubinstein to Berlioz. TŌN will perform under the baton of the eminent maestro Neeme Järvi who frequently guest conducts the world’s leading orchestras. Järvi will lead the opening concert of this series on October 15, 2017, in works by Sibelius, Rubinstein, and Michael Daugherty featuring soloists Anna Shelest and Zuill Bailey. Then in March, Leon Botstein will lead TŌN in Walter Braunfels’ sumptuous Fantastic Appearances of a Theme by Berlioz, which will perfectly introduce Berlioz’s dreamlike and imaginative Symphonie fantastique.

Sibelius & Rubinstein
Sun. Oct 15, 2017 at 3 pm
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Anna Shelest, piano
Zuill Bailey, cello
Sibelius: Andante Festivo
Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 4
Anton Rubinstein: Caprice russe
Michael Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway
Sibelius: Karelia Suite

Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique
Thu. Mar 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Walter Braunfels: Fantastic Appearances of a Theme by Berlioz
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Tickets from $25, available in early August. Tickets may be purchased online at www.jazz.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or in person at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office on the ground floor of the Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th Street.

AROUND TOWN FREE CONCERTS SERIES AND ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
TŌN continues this series of free concerts at multiple venues in New York City and beyond, providing families with an opportunity to attend their first orchestral performance and expose a new generation to classical music. TŌN will offer four performances, beginning on October 1, 2017 at Cooper Union in New York’s East Village, followed by a concert at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, then on to Hudson Opera House in the Hudson Valley, Symphony Space on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem, through April 20, 2018. The last concert of this series, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, will be conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig, music director of Moscow’s Novaya Opera and artistic director of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra.

Haydn & Frankenstein!!
Sun. Oct 1, 2017 at 3 pm at The Great Hall at Cooper Union
Tue. Oct 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock
James Bagwell, conductor
Nathaniel Sullivan, baritone
Sibelius: Valse triste
Heinz Karl Gruber: Frankenstein!!
Haydn: Symphony No. 104, ‘London’

Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony
Sun. Nov 19, 2017 at 4 pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Eugene Goossens: Jubilee Variations
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, ‘Romantic’

Sibelius & Rimsky-Korsakov
Sun. Jan 21, 2018 at 4 pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Symphony No. 8, ‘The Journey’

Bizet’s Symphony in C
Fri. Mar 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm at The Great Hall at Cooper Union
Sun. Mar 18, 2018 at 3 pm at Hudson Opera House
James Bagwell, conductor
Pärt: Fratres
Virgil Thomson: The Plow that Broke the Plains Suite
Bizet: Symphony in C

Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony
Fri. April 20, 2018 at 7 pm at City College Center for the Arts at Aaron Davis Hall
Jan Latham-Koenig, conductor
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Schubert: Symphony No. 8, ‘Unfinished’
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite

Tickets: These concerts are FREE, no tickets necessary. RSVPs can be made one month before each concert at theorchestranow.org or by calling The Orchestra Now at 646.237.5034.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
JoAnn Falletta returns to TŌN as a guest conductor for the third consecutive year, this season for a special concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on December 14, 2017. Music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, she will lead The Orchestra Now in Holst’s masterpiece The Planets. The program also includes works by Adams and Penderecki, with cellist Roman Mekulinov and violinist Dennis Kim as soloists in the Double Concerto.

Falletta Conducts The Planets
Thu. Dec 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Alice Tully Hall
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Dennis Kim, violin, concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Roman Mekinulov, cello, principal cellist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Bard Festival Chorale
Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Penderecki: Double Concerto
Holst: The Planets

Tickets: from $25, available in early August. Tickets may be purchased online at lincolncenter.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or in person at the Alice Tully Hall box office on Broadway at 65th Street.

For more information, visit www.theorchestranow.org

The Orchestra Now
Founded in 2015, The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is an innovative pre-professional orchestra and master’s degree program at Bard College that is preparing a new generation of musicians to break down barriers between modern audiences and great orchestral music of the past and present. Under the leadership of conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, TŌN mines the wealth of underperformed repertoire, reimagines traditional concert formats, and strives to make the experience of the performers a part of the listeners’ experience. At a TŌN concert, musicians and audience inspire one another, each following their curiosity with a shared sense of adventure.

The musicians of TŌN hail from across the U.S. and eleven other countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Taiwan, and Venezuela. In addition to a concert series at their home base—the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College—they perform multiple concerts each season at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and offer complimentary concerts at multiple venues in New York City and beyond in the Around Town series. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art they join Leon Botstein in the Sight & Sound series as he explores the places where musical and visual expression meet, pairing orchestral works with masterpieces from the museum’s collection.

In addition to Mr. Botstein and TŌN’s associate conductor and academic director, James Bagwell, guest conductors have included Neeme Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Gerard Schwarz, and JoAnn Falletta.

For more information, visit www.theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975. He was the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003–2011, and is now conductor laureate. In 2018, he will assume artistic directorship of the institute of Grafenegg, Austria. Mr. Botstein is also a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the globe, has made numerous recordings, and is a prolific author and music historian. He is the editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly, and has received many honors for his contributions to music.

More info online at LeonBotsteinMusicRoom.com.

Press Contacts:
Pascal Nadon
Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088
Email: pascal@pascalnadon.com

Mark Primoff
Associate Vice President of Communications
Bard College
Phone: 845.758.7412
Email: primoff@bard.edu

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THE ORCHESTRA NOW CONCLUDES SECOND SEASON WITH THREE CONCERTS IN MAY

Schubert and Shostakovich Symphonies at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater
Ives’ Three Places in New England at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Brahms and Beethoven at the Fisher Center

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, April 17, 2017The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will conclude its 2016–2017 season with three performances in May. Starting on May 5 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, TŌN – led by Oleg Caetani – will present a program including Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15. On May 21 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, music director Leon Botstein will conduct Ives’ Three Places in New England and lead the discussion and audience Q&A on the relationship between Ives’ music and the artwork of Marsden Hartley. Fabio Luisi will be on the podium at Bard College’s Fisher Center on May 28 for TŌN’s season finale with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist David Chan and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

TŌN at The Rose Theater Series
This series at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall will culminate in an evening of coincidental alliteration as works of Schoenberg, Schubert, and Shostakovich are performed. Oleg Caetani, renowned internationally for his deep knowledge of Shostakovich’s repertoire, will lead the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15, preceded by Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 3.

Schubert & Shostakovich
Fri, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Oleg Caetani, conductor
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1
Schubert: Symphony No. 3
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15

Tickets from $25 may be purchased online at www.jazz.org, by calling 212-721-6500, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall box office at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Sight & Sound Series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
This series’ closing 2016-17 chapter explores the connections between Charles Ives’ music and the artwork of painter Marsden Hartley with Leon Botstein conducting Ives’ Three Places in New England. In this orchestral set – one of the first American pieces played outside of the country – Connecticut-born composer Charles Ives sought to evoke the atmosphere and history of three locations in New England through music. His contemporary, Maine-born painter Marsden Hartley, was himself deeply stirred by music. The artist returned to Maine in his final years and applied his modernist aesthetic to its landscapes.

This event also includes a discussion, illustrated with on-screen artworks and orchestral excerpts, and an audience Q&A led by Leon Botstein, in addition to the full music performance. It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Marsden Hartley’s Maine, on view at The Met Breuer March 14 – June 18, 2017.

Ives & Hartley: Landscapes of Modernism
Sun. May 21, 2017 at 2 pm
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Ives’ Three Places in New England and the artwork of Marsden Hartley

Tickets from $30 may be purchased online at www.metmuseum.org/sightandsound; call 212-535-7710 for more information.

Special Concert at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
For the season finale concert, TŌN will host Fabio Luisi, principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, general music director of the Zurich Opera, and soon-to-be music director of the Opera di Firenze. Luisi, who is also the winner of a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, will lead The Orchestra Now in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist David Chan. The season will come to a close with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

Fabio Luisi Conducts Brahms
Sun. May 28, 2017 at 1 pm
Fabio Luisi
, conductor
David Chan, violin
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Tickets from $25 may be purchased by calling the box office at 845-758-7900, in person at the Fisher Center box office, or by visiting the website at fishercenter.bard.edu.

The Orchestra Now
Founded in 2015, The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is an innovative pre-professional orchestra and master’s degree program at Bard College that is preparing a new generation of musicians to break down barriers between modern audiences and great orchestral music of the past and present. Under the leadership of conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, TŌN mines the wealth of underperformed repertoire, reimagines traditional concert formats, and strives to make the experience of the performers a part of the listeners’ experience. At a TŌN concert, musicians and audience inspire one another, each following their curiosity with a shared sense of adventure.

The musicians of TŌN hail from across the U.S. and eleven other countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Taiwan and Venezuela. In addition to a concert series at their home base – the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College – they perform multiple concerts each season at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and offer complimentary concerts at venues across the boroughs of New York City in the Around Town series. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art they join Leon Botstein in the series Sight & Sound as he explores the places where musical and visual expression meet, pairing orchestral works with masterpieces from the museum’s collection.

In addition to Mr. Botstein and TŌN’s associate conductor and academic director, James Bagwell, guest conductors in the first two seasons include Jindong Cai, Federico Cortese, JoAnn Falletta, Fabio Luisi, Gerard Schwarz, and Zachary Schwartzman.

For more information, visit theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now, the pre-professional orchestra and master’s degree program founded by Bard College. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975. He was the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003–2011, and is now conductor laureate. He will assume the artistic directorship of Grafenegg, Austria in 2018. Mr. Botstein is also a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the globe, has made numerous recordings, and is a prolific author and music historian. He is the editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly, and has received many honors for his contributions to music.

More info online at LeonBotsteinMusicRoom.com.

Press Contact:
Pascal Nadon
Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088
Email: pascal@pascalnadon.com

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THE ORCHESTRA NOW PREPARES FOR AN IMPRESSIVE SPRING SEASON WITH FOUR CONCERTS, MARCH 17 TO APRIL 22, 2017

Performances Include Susanna’s Secret at Carnegie Hall, Two all-American Music Concerts, a Tribute to Philip Glass for his 80th Anniversary, and a FREE Concert at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, March 1, 2017 — The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will kick off its spring season of four concerts on March 17 with music director Leon Botstein conducting an Italian evening at Carnegie Hall. Spotlighting the charming comic opera Susanna’s Secret and works by Respighi, the concert is the second in this year’s Carnegie Hall series. TŌN Associate Conductor James Bagwell will follow with two all-American music concerts that include an 80th birthday tribute to Philip Glass. These will take place at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens (a FREE performance on April 2), and at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College (April 1, tickets required). A history of scandal informs the Miraculous Mandarin program on April 22-23. The one-act ballet—with music by Bartók—was deemed so morally offensive it was barred from further performance after the premiere. The ballet will be coupled with a rare performance of Ligeti’s Violin Concerto and Dohnányi’s Symphony No. 2.

TŌN at Carnegie Hall Series, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Audiences will be treated to an evening of music by Italian composers at Carnegie Hall, featuring Wolf-Ferrari’s delightful one-act comic intermezzo, Il segreto di Susanna (Susanna’s Secret). The plot follows Count Gil’s suspicions that his wife Susanna has a lover who smokes, only to discover that she is the one who’s been smoking. The program will also offer two works by Respighi: the composer’s Rossiniana, based on piano music from his collection Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age); and Church Windows, a four-part symphonic suite inspired by his travels to Capri.

Susanna’s Secret
Fri, March 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Jinwon Park, soprano
Michael Kelly, baritone
Respighi: Church Windows
Respighi: Rossiniana
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Il segreto di Susanna

Tickets starting at $25 may be purchased online at carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or in person at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th and Seventh Avenue.

TŌN at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
Three American composers take center stage on this program. Alfred Hitchcock film buffs may recognize the music of Bernard Herrmann as the evening begins. Of the seven film scores that resulted from the New York native’s long term collaboration with the famous director, his Prelude from North by Northwest is likely one of the most exciting. Next, TŌN celebrates the 80th birthday of iconic American composer Philip Glass with a performance of his Symphony No. 1, based on British avant-garde musician David Bowie’s album Low. The program comes to a close with the broad orchestral palette of Roy Harris’ Symphony No. 3.

Glass on Bowie
Sat, April 1, 2017 at 8 pm
The Orchestra Now
James Bagwell, conductor
Herrmann: Prelude from North by Northwest
Roy Harris: Symphony No. 3
Glass:  Symphony No. 1, Low

Tickets, starting at $45, may be purchased online at artscenter.org, by calling The Center at 914-251-6200, or in person at The Center box office at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, NY.

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens
Sun, April 2, 2017 at 3pm
The Orchestra Now
James Bagwell
, conductor
Bernard Herrmann:  Prelude from North by Northwest
Roy Harris:  Symphony No. 3
Glass: Symphony No. 1, Low

Tickets: All Around Town concerts are FREE, complimentary tickets will be available at the door. RSVP to show interest at theorchestranow.org.

TŌN at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
TŌN will present one of the Bard Conservatory 2015 Concerto Competition winners, Matthew Woodard, in Ligeti’s microtonal Violin Concerto, along with a performance of The Miraculous Mandarin Suite, Bartók’s music for a one-act pantomime ballet based on a scandalous story by Melchior Lengyel. Premiered in 1926 in Cologne, the work caused a moral uproar and was barred from the repertoire. Dohnányi’s Symphony No. 2, a dramatically romantic work for large orchestra, will also be performed.

Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin
Sat, April 22, 2017 at 8 PM
Sun, April 23, 2017 at 2 PM
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein
, conductor
Matthew Woodard, violin
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite
György Ligeti: Violin Concerto
Ernő Dohnányi: Symphony No. 2

Tickets starting at $25 may be purchased by calling the box office at 845-758-7900, in person at the Fisher Center box office, or by visiting the website at fishercenter.bard.edu.

The Orchestra Now
Founded in 2015, The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is an innovative pre-professional orchestra and master’s degree program at Bard College that is preparing a new generation of musicians to break down barriers between modern audiences and great orchestral music of the past and present. Under the leadership of conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, TŌN mines the wealth of underperformed repertoire, reimagines traditional concert formats, and strives to make the experience of the performers a part of the listeners’ experience. At a TŌN concert, musicians and audience inspire one another, each following their curiosity with a shared sense of adventure.

The musicians of TŌN hail from across the U.S. and eleven other countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Taiwan and Venezuela. In addition to a concert series at their home base—the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College—they perform multiple concerts each season at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and offer complimentary concerts at venues across the boroughs of New York City in the Around Town series. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art they join Leon Botstein in the series Sight & Sound as he explores the places where musical and visual expression meet, pairing orchestral works with masterpieces from the museum’s collection.

In addition to Mr. Botstein and TŌN’s associate conductor and academic director, James Bagwell, guest conductors in the first two seasons include Jindong Cai, Federico Cortese, JoAnn Falletta, Fabio Luisi, Gerard Schwarz, and Zachary Schwartzman.

For more information, visit theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now, the pre-professional orchestra and master’s degree program founded by Bard College. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975. He was the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003–2011, and is now conductor laureate. He will assume the artistic directorship of Grafenegg, Austria in 2018. Mr. Botstein is also a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the globe, has made numerous recordings, and is a prolific author and music historian. He is the editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly, and has received many honors for his contributions to music.

Press Contact
Pascal Nadon

Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088
Email: pascal@pascalnadon.com

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Cortese Conducts The Orchestra Now with Fire and Finesse

The Millbrook Independent

“A platoon of winds and brass entered for Claude Debussy’s La Mer (The Sea, 1905), the first major Impressionist landscape opus for orchestra in three movements. This fantastic mood piece is always charming to hear, especially the third movement, Dialogue of the wind and sea. Trumpeter Christopher Moran, whose favorite symphony is Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, confessed in his introduction that there was enough of the trumpet in La Mer to make it one of his top favorites. The first movement dramatizes a Baudelaire-like vision of Romantic departure, while the second movement depicts the play of waves in a nearly fundamentalist Naturalism. The third movement is such inexpressible magic that garrulous commentators have little or nearly nothing to say, except that it remains exquisite and it was just that with Cortese coaxing students to play above their level, which is quite accomplished indeed.” —Kevin T. McEneaney

Photo by Matt Dine