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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THE ORCHESTRA NOW WINTER CONCERTS JANUARY 29 TO MARCH 5, 2017

Highlights Include New York City Performances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, and a
Special Presentation of Bernstein’s Candide at the Fisher Center at Bard College

Annandale-on Hudson, New York, January 10, 2017 The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will offer a busy schedule of five concerts over the 2017 winter season, including Brahms, Menzel & Klinger: The Canvas of Sound, the second installment of its Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (January 29); and a FREE Around Town concert at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts featuring Blue Hill Troupe music director Zachary Schwartzman on the podium with works by Glinka, Messiaen, and Tchaikovsky (March 5). In a special off-series event, a semi-staged production of Leonard Bernstein’s beloved opera Candide, led by TŌN associate conductor James Bagwell, will be given two performances at the Fisher Center at Bard College (February 25-26). Also at the Fisher Center, guest conductor Federico Cortese, music director of Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, will lead a program of Debussy, Barber, and Franck (February 4-5); and Zachary Schwartzman will conduct the Orchestra in another FREE concert at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass. (March 3).

Sight & Sound at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 at 2 PM
Brahms, Menzel & Klinger: The Canvas of Sound
Critic Eduard Hanslick called Brahms’ Third symphony “artistically the most nearly perfect” of his works. The composer was profoundly interested in painting and held two particular contemporaries in high regard:  Adolph Menzel and Max Klinger. The Third Symphony invites an exploration of the connection between the visual and the musical in Brahms’ world.  All events in this three-concert series include a discussion illustrated with on-screen artworks and orchestral excerpts, a full performance of the selected music, and an audience Q&A.
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
The artwork of Adolph Menzel and Max Klinger

Tickets, starting at $30, may be purchased by calling the box office at 212.570.3949, in person at The Great Hall Box Office, or by visiting the website at metmuseum.org/sightandsound.

TŌN at The Fisher Center
Federico Cortese Conducts Debussy
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 at 8 PM
Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 at 2 PM
The Orchestra Now performs an orchestral elegy, three symphonic sketches on the sea, and a symphony led by guest conductor Federico Cortese, also music director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra at Harvard University and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.
The Orchestra Now
Federico Cortese, conductor
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Debussy: La mer
Franck: Symphony in D minor

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.

A Fisher Center Special Event: Candide
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 at 8 PM
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 at 2 PM
TŌN associate conductor and academic director James Bagwell will lead two performances of this semi-staged concert performance of Leonard Bernstein’s acclaimed opera Candide, a special off-series event of The Orchestra Now at Bard College.
The Orchestra Now
James Bagwell, conductor
Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, soloists
Bernstein: Candide

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.

TŌN at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA – FREE Performance
Daniel Arts Center – McConnell Theater
Friday, Mar 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Guest conductor Zachary Schwartzman, assistant conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, leads
TŌN in an overture, a symphony, and “four meditations for orchestra.”
The Orchestra Now

Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Glinka: Overture from Ruslan and Lyudmila
Messiaen: L’Ascension
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Tickets: FREE reserved seat tickets available beginning Feb 3, 2017 at theorchestranow.org.

Around Town: Brooklyn – FREE Performance
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 at 3 PM
The Orchestra Now
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Glinka: Overture from Ruslan and Lyudmila
Messiaen: L’Ascension
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Tickets: All Around Town concerts are FREE.  No tickets are necessary for this performance. RSVP to express interest beginning Feb 3, 2017 at 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 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

THE ORCHESTRA NOW OPENS TWO NEW YORK CITY SERIES WITH THREE DECEMBER CONCERTS

TŌN at Carnegie Hall Opens with Denounced! on December 9, 2016

Around Town Series Gives Free Concerts in Harlem and the Bronx
December 16 and 18, 2016

Annandale-on Hudson, New York, NY November 21, 2016 –   The Orchestra Now (TŌN) launches two of its 2016-17 New York City series with three concerts in December. TŌN begins the month by opening its Carnegie Hall season on December 9 with Denounced!, a program focusing on Russian composers whose music was viewed as inappropriate during the communist regime. Leon Botstein will conduct the performance with soprano Ilana Davidson, mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner, and tenor Sergey Polyakov as soloists. Later in the month, the Orchestra starts its crowd-pleasing Around Town series of FREE classical music concerts with performances in Harlem and the Bronx, led by conductor JoAnn Falletta with mezzo Susan Platts on December 16 and 18, respectively.

TŌN at Carnegie Hall
The first TŌN at Carnegie Hall program of the season, titled Denounced!surveys three great Russian composers whose works were denounced in the 1948 Zhdanov decree and deemed politically incorrect because they displayed tendencies alien to the Soviet people. Shostakovich’s song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry used texts from Jewish folksongs, and so the 1948 work was not publicly premiered until after the anti-Semitism of the time had abated. That same year, the Central Committee of the Communist Party issued a declaration condemning recent works by Prokofiev and Shostakovich, as well as several other composers. The evening’s notable guest soloists include four-time Grammy Award-winning American soprano IIana Davidson; mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner, who has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera under both James Levine and Valery Gergiev; and tenor Sergey Polyakov, a leading soloist at Moscow’s Novaya Opera who has also appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg.

The next TŌN at Carnegie Hall performance will focus on Italian composers in an evening offering works by Respighi and Wolf-Ferrari on March 17, 2017.

TŌN at Carnegie Hall
Denounced!, Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Leon Botstein, conductor
Ilana Davidson, soprano
Katharine Goeldner, mezzo-soprano
Sergey Polyakov, tenor
Nikolai Myaskovsky: Symphony No. 25
Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6

Tickets, beginning at $25, 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 Street 7th Avenue.

Around Town Free Concerts in December
TŌN kicks off the second season of its popular Around Town series with free concerts in Harlem (December 16) and the Bronx (December 18), led by conductor JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center. Renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, who has appeared at Teatro alla Scala, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, is the guest soloist. The program will present two different composers’ versions of the Scheherazade tale along with Nielsen’s captivating Aladdin Suite. These free community outreach events have become engaging neighborhood activities and are a great opportunity to introduce families and new explorers to the joys of classical music.

TŌN will continue its free Around Town concerts in New York City boroughs with performances in Brooklyn (March 5, 2017), and Queens (April 2, 2017).

Around Town
Harlem
: Aaron Davis Hall
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 7 PM

The Bronx: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 at 3 PM

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
Carl Nielsen: Aladdin Suite
Ravel: Shéhérazade
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Tickets:  All Around Town concerts are FREE and General Admission. RSVP can be made at www.theorchestranow.org, but advance reservations are not required.

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

THE ORCHESTRA NOW DEBUTS AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER’S FREDERICK P. ROSE HALL SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 AT 3PM

Leon Botstein to Conduct All-American Composers Concert

Annandale-on Hudson, New York, NY October 18, 2016 – The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will kick off TŌN at Rose Theater, its new two-concert series at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, on Sunday, November 6 at 3 PM. The performance features music director Leon Botstein leading the Orchestra of young pre-professional musicians in an all-American composers program of works by Marc Blitzstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Aaron Copland. The guest vocalist will be mezzo-soprano Jill Grove, whose “superior technique” (Opera Today) has earned her recordings with the London and American Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Metropolitan Opera, an ARIA award, and a Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grant.

TŌN will return to Rose Theater on May 5 with an evening of music by Schoenberg, Schubert, and Shostakovich.

TŌN AT ROSE THEATER
BERNSTEIN & COPLAND
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 at 3 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Jill Grove
, mezzo-soprano
Marc Blitzstein: Orchestra Variations
Bernstein: Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah
Copland: Statements for Orchestra
Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite

Tickets, beginning at $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.

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 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, 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 codirector 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

THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) OPENS FALL SEASON WITH SIGHT & SOUND SERIES AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART AND THREE PROGRAMS AT THE FISHER CENTER AT BARD COLLEGE

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, September 15, 2016 – The Orchestra Now (TŌN), the pre-professional orchestra and master’s degree program founded in 2015 by Bard College and conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, will open its fall season in New York City with the first of its three-concert Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 16. TŌN will also begin its expanded season in residence at Bard College’s Fisher Center with three fall programs from September 24 to November 20. Now in its second year, the success of the TŌN program has led to the enrollment of 40 exceptional new graduate musicians from eleven different countries—chosen from hundreds of applicants—for a grand total of 70 participants in the 2016 – 17 season. 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 additional fall performances and full season are available here.

SIGHT & SOUND AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
TŌN begins its three-concert Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with Hindemith & Beckmann: Expressionism and Exile, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Max Beckmann in New York, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Oct. 19, 2016 – Feb 20, 2017. Sight & Sound presents conductor and music historian Leon Botstein and the Orchestra in an exploration of the places where musical and visual expression meet, pairing orchestral works with masterpieces from The Met’s collection.  All events in this series include a discussion illustrated with on-screen artworks and orchestral excerpts, a full performance of the selected music, and an audience Q&A.

Hindemith & Beckmann: Expressionism and Exile
Sun. Oct 16, 2016 at 2 pm
Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony
and the Artwork of Max Beckmann

Hindemith composed this symphony in 1934 during the early stages of work on an opera by the same name.  It centers on the Medieval artist Matthias Grünewald, whose famous altarpiece Max Beckmann greatly admired. Both Hindemith and Beckmann ran afoul of the Nazi regime as artists and emigrated to the U.S. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Max Beckmann in New York, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Oct. 19, 2016 – Feb 20, 2017.

The next Sight & Sound concert will be Brahms, Menzel & Klinger: The Canvas of Sound on Sun. Jan 29, 2017 at 2 pm.

Ticket prices begin at $30 and may be purchased online at  www.metmuseum.org/sightandsound; call 212-535-7710 for more information.

THE FISHER CENTER SERIES AT BARD COLLEGE, Sosnoff Theater, Fall Concerts
The TŌN fall season opens in residence with three concert programs at Bard College’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, beginning with Copland & Bruckner on September 24 and continuing with Elgar’s Enigma Variations on October 29 – 30 and Cai Conducts Rachmaninoff on November 19 – 20. The Orchestra will be led by music director Leon Bostein with guest conductors Harold Farberman, founder and director of Bard’s acclaimed Conductors Institute; and Jindong Cai, the award-winning holder of Stanford’s Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies Chair.  Featured soloists will be Bard College Conservatory of Music concerto competition winners John Belk, cello, and Viktor Toth, clarinet.

Copland & Bruckner
Sat. Sep 24, 2016 at 8 pm
Sun. Sep 25, 2016 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Viktor Toth, clarinet
Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5

Elgar’s Enigma Variations
Sat. Oct 29, 2016 at 8 pm
Sun. Oct 30, 2016 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
John Belk
, cello
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (Harold Farberman, conductor)
William Walton: Cello Concerto
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Cai Conducts Rachmaninoff
Sat. Nov 19, 2016 at 8 pm
Sun. Nov 20, 2016 at 2 pm
Jindong Cai
, conductor
Guohui Ye: Drinking Wine by the Stream’s Choice
Xiaogang Ye: Scent of the Green Mango
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

The Fisher Center series continues with Federico Cortese Conducts Debussy on February 4 – 5, 2017, the first of four more concert programs at Bard.

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.

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 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 codirector 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

THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) ANNOUNCES 2016 – 2017 SEASON SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 – MAY 28, 2017

TŌN’s Second Season Launches a New Series at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall In Addition to Series at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Fisher Center at Bard College, and Free Concerts Throughout New York City and Beyond

Guest Conductors to Include Fabio Luisi, Oleg Caetani, Jindong Cai, Harold Farberman, and JoAnn Falletta

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, May 11, 2016 The Orchestra Now (TŌN), the visionary master’s degree program and pre-professional training orchestra founded in 2015 by Bard College and conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, will open its impressive second season, comprising five series, at Bard College on September 24.

The 2016-17 TŌN season has added 36 new participants to the program for a total of 68 exceptional graduate musicians from ten different countries including the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela.  All undertake the three-year Master of Music Degree Program in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. As Bard is uniquely suited to offer TŌN musicians an outstanding opportunity for orchestral training, hundreds of applicants competed for the chance to rehearse, perform, and study with Bard College faculty, guest scholars, and performing artists, surrounded by the intellectual atmosphere of a liberal arts college that encompasses one of the most progressive classical music centers in America.

“The resounding success of TŌN’s first season has been demonstrated not only by the positive response of its new and growing audiences, but also by the enthusiastic feedback our faculty has received from its pre-professional musicians,” said music director Leon Botstein. “The overarching goal of TŌN is to prepare these young artists for the challenges facing today’s symphony orchestra. In our expanded 2016-17 concert season, it is my hope that musicians and audiences will continue to inspire each other through meaningful communication, non-traditional program formats that engage the community, and a shared sense of adventure.”

Highlights of the 2016 – 17 season include a new series at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall featuring an all-American composers concert, a special performance of Bernstein’s Candide at Bard, and an expanded Bard College series that has increased from five to seven performances since last season. Concerts will continue at Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as throughout New York City’s boroughs as part of TŌN’s popular free performance events. The Orchestra will be led by music director Leon Botstein, associate conductor and academic director James Bagwell, and guest conductors including Fabio Luisi, Oleg Caetani, Jindong Cai, Harold Farberman, JoAnn Falletta, and Zachary Schwartzman. TŌN’s programs offer unconventional combinations of familiar and lesser-known repertoire, and in select concerts, Leon Botstein will discuss the works and answer questions from the audience in addition to conducting the performance.

THE ORCHESTRA NOW 2016–17 PERFORMANCE SEASON

THE FISHER CENTER SERIES AT BARD COLLEGE, Sosnoff Theater
The TŌN season opens in residence at Bard College’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on September 24, and continues with an expanded subscription series of five performances at the Sosnoff Theater through April 23, 2017. The Orchestra will be led by music director Leon Bostein with guest conductors Jindong Cai, the award-winning holder of Stanford’s Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies Chair; and Harold Farberman, American conductor, composer and founder of the Conductors Guild.  Among the featured soloists are Bard College Conservatory of Music concerto competition winners John Belk, cello, Viktor Toth, clarinet, and Matthew Woodard, violin. The details of the fifth performance will be announced soon. There will also be two special off-series events at Bard College; a semi-staged production of Leonard Bernstein’s much-loved opera Candide led by TŌN associate conductor and academic director James Bagwell with soloists from Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and a season finale concert conducted by Fabio Luisi, general music director of the Zurich Opera and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.

Copland & Bruckner
Sat. Sep 24, 2016 at 8 pm
Sun. Sep 25, 2016 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Viktor Toth, clarinet
Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5

Elgar’s Enigma Variations
Sat. Oct 29, 2016 at 8 pm
Sun. Oct 30, 2016 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
John Belk
, cello
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (Harold Farberman, conductor)
William Walton: Cello Concerto
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Cai Conducts Rachmaninoff
Sat. Nov 19, 2016 at 8 pm
Sun. Nov 20, 2016 at 2 pm
Jindong Cai
, conductor
Jie Yuan, piano
Adams: The Chairman Dances
Xiaogang Ye: Scent of the Green Mango
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

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

Special Concerts at the Fisher Center

Candide
Sat. Feb 25, 2017 at 8 pm
Sun. Feb 26, 2017 at 2 pm
James Bagwell, conductor
Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program soloists
Leonard Bernstein: Candide (semi-staged production)

Fabio Luisi Conducts Brahms
Sun. May 28, 2017 at 1 pm
Fabio Luisi
, conductor
Program to include Brahms’ Symphony No. 4
Tickets from $25 (series from $56.25). Packages available now; single tickets beginning August 8. 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
TŌN returns to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where conductor and music 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. Each event in this three-concert series includes a discussion illustrated with on-screen artworks and orchestral excerpts, a full performance of the selected music, and an audience Q&A.

Hindemith & Beckmann: Expressionism and Exile
Sun. Oct 16, 2016 at 2 pm
Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony
and the Artwork of Max Beckmann
Hindemith composed this symphony in 1934 during the early stages of work on an opera by the same name.  It centers on the Medieval artist Matthias Grünewald, whose famous altarpiece Max Beckmann greatly admired. Both Hindemith and Beckmann ran afoul of the Nazi regime as artists and emigrated to the U.S. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Max Beckmann in New York, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Oct. 18, 2016 – Feb 20, 2017.

Brahms, Menzel & Klinger: The Canvas of Sound
Sun. Jan 29, 2017 at 2 pm
Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and the Artwork of Adolph Menzel and Max Klinger
Critic Eduard Hanslick called this symphony “artistically the most nearly perfect” of Brahms’ works. The composer was profoundly interested in painting and held two particular contemporaries in high regard:  Adolf Menzel and Max Klinger. The 3rd symphony invites an exploration of the connection between the visual and the musical in Brahms’s world.

Ives & Hartley: Landscapes of Modernism
Sun. May 21, 2017 at 2 pm
Ives’ Three Places in New England and the Artwork of Marsden Hartley
In this orchestral set―one of the first American pieces played outside of the country―Connecticut-born composer Charles Ives set out 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.  Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Marsden Hartley’s Maine, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Mar. 14 – June 18, 2017.

Tickets from $30, series from $75, available now. Tickets may be purchased online at  www.metmuseum.org/sightandsound; call 212-535-7710 for more information.

CARNEGIE HALL SERIES, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
In TŌN’s second season at Carnegie Hall, Leon Botstein and the Orchestra will present two concerts that focus on music by composers from specific countries. On December 9, a program titled Denounced! illuminates three great Russian composers whose works were deemed politically incorrect, displaying tendencies alien to the Soviet people. Because Shostakovich’s song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry used texts from Jewish folksongs, the 1948 work was not publicly premiered until after the anti-Semitism of the time had abated. That same year, the Central Committee of the Communist Party issued a declaration condemning recent works by Prokofiev and Shostakovich, as well as several other composers. The musical focus moves to Italy on March 17 with an evening offering two works by Respighi and Wolf-Ferrari’s delightful one-act comic intermezzo, Il segreto di Susanna (Susanna’s Secret).

Denounced!
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry
Nikolai Myaskovsky: Symphony No. 25
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6

Susanna’s Secret
Fri, March 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Respighi: Church Windows
Respighi: Rossiniana
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Il segreto di Susanna

Tickets prices start at $25, available beginning September 6.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or in person at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th and Seventh.

TŌN AT THE ROSE THEATER SERIES
This new series at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall will kick off in November with an all-American program of works by Blitzstein, Bernstein, and Copland, followed in the spring by an evening of coincidental alliteration: Schoenberg, Schubert, and Shostakovich.

Bernstein & Copland
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 at 3 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Marc Blitzstein: Orchestra Variations
Bernstein: Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah”
Copland: Statements for Orchestra
Copland: Appalachian Spring

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, available beginning Sept. 6.  Tickets 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.

AROUND TOWN FREE CONCERTS SERIES AND ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
TŌN’s popular Around Town series attracted dynamically diverse new audiences of all ages during the Orchestra’s first season. These free community outreach events have become crowd-pleasing neighborhood activities and are a great opportunity to introduce families and new explorers to the joys of classical music.  In the coming season, TŌN will present four free performances in New York City’s boroughs, beginning on December 16, 2016 in Harlem and continuing in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and at an additional venue to be announced, through April 2, 2017.

Harlem
Fri. Dec. 16, 2016 at 7 pm
Aaron Davis Hall
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Ravel: Shéhérazade
Carl Nielsen: Aladdin Suite

The Bronx
Sun. Dec 18 at 3 pm
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Ravel: Shéhérazade
Carl Nielsen: Aladdin Suite

Brooklyn
Sun. Mar. 5, 2017 at 3 pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Mikhail Glinka: Overture from Ruslan and Lyudmila
Messiaen: L’Ascension
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Sun. Apr 2, 2017 (borough and venue to be announced)
James Bagwell, conductor
Herrmann:  Prelude from North by Northwest
Roy Harris:  Symphony No. 3
Glass: Symphony No. 1, Low

Tickets: All Around Town concerts are FREE.  Ticketing requirements vary by venue.

ADDITIONAL CONCERTS

Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA
Daniel Arts Center, McConnell Theater
Fri.  Mar. 3, 2017, at 7:30 pm
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Mikhail Glinka: Overture from Ruslan and Lyudmila
Messiaen: L’Ascension
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Tickets: FREE reserved seat tickets available beginning Feb. 3, 2017.

The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
Sat. April 1, 2017 at 8 pm
James Bagwell, conductor
Herrmann:  Prelude from North by Northwest
Roy Harris:  Symphony No. 3
Glass:  Symphony No. 1, Low
Tickets from $25, available mid-August.

For more information, visit www.theorchestranow.org

The Orchestra Now and its Programs
Founded in 2015, The Orchestra Now is an innovative training orchestra and master’s degree program at Bard College that is preparing a new generation of pre-professional musicians to collapse the barriers between modern audiences and great orchestral music of yesterday and today. Under the leadership of conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, TŌN mines the wealth of underperformed repertoire, puts a new spin on traditional concert formats, and strives to make the experience of the performers a part of the listeners’ experience. The musicians of TŌN hail from across the U.S. and around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela. In addition to a concert series at their home base—the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College—they perform multiple concerts each season at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater or Frederick P. Rose Hall, and offer free Around Town concerts at venues throughout New York City boroughs. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, they join TŌN’s music director Leon Botstein in the Sight & Sound series as he pairs orchestral works with masterpieces from the Museum’s collection. In addition to Mr. Botstein and TŌN’s associate conductor and academic director, James Bagwell, past and present guest conductors include Jindong Cai, Oleg Caetani, JoAnn Falletta, Marcelo Lehninger, Fabio Luisi, Gerard Schwarz, and Zachary Schwartzman.

The programs of TŌN provide a critical understanding of the orchestra’s past and present roles in society and its responsibilities in a changing musical landscape. The curriculum aims to develop a graduating class of forward-thinking individuals through an intensive schedule of rehearsal, performance, and graduate-level study with Bard College faculty, guest scholars, and performing artists. Chamber & Audition Prep addresses the practical aspects of auditions with anxiety workshops and mock auditions in addition to coaching by members of such major orchestras as the ASO and New York Philharmonic. The Language & Thinking Program is an introduction to liberal arts that focuses on writing, clear articulation and productive collaboration, and the Teaching Artist Program offers the members of TŌN opportunities to engage in community outreach with mid-Hudson schools and regional concert series. Independent study projects in the program’s third year represent the culmination of the young graduates’ study of the challenges facing orchestras and their musicians.  Each student designs and implements a project intended to address an aspect of that challenge, such as creating an innovative music education program, establishing a unique ensemble or festival, or using technology to invent a new way to engage audiences. Musicians joining TŌN receive a full-tuition fellowship along with an annual stipend of $24,000 and health benefits.

For more information, visit www.theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both an educator and a conductor to his role as founder of Bard College’s new master’s degree program and music director of The Orchestra Now. He has been the president of Bard College since 1975, co-artistic director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He also served as the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2011 and is now conductor laureate. Mr. Botstein has an active career as a guest conductor with orchestras around the globe and has made numerous recordings, as well as being a prolific author and music historian. He has received numerous honors for his contributions to the music industry. 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 PERFORMS “MENDELSSOHN, TURNER & ROMANTIC IMAGINATION” AS PART OF ITS “SIGHT & SOUND” SERIES AT THE MET FIFTH AVENUE SUNDAY, MAY 22 AT 2 PM

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, April 29, 2016 The Orchestra Now (TÕN), the innovative new master’s degree program and graduate training orchestra founded by Bard College in 2015, will perform the last of its three-concert Sight & Sound series at The Met Fifth Avenue on Sunday, May 22 at 2 pm. The series pairs orchestral work with masterpieces from the Met’s collection, exploring the places where musical and visual expression meet. The subjects of this performance are Mendelssohn’s 3rd Symphony and J.M.W. Turner’s Whalers. Conductor and musicologist Leon Botstein will lead the Ensemble and discuss Mendelssohn’s work to draw parallels between visual art and music, and engage the audience in a lively presentation.

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Sight and Sound at The Met Fifth Avenue, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The afternoon performance of Mendelssohn’s 3rd Symphony, “The Scottish,” is set in the context of J.M.W. Turner’s oil painting, Whalers. Inspired by his visit to the ruins of Holyrood in Scotland in 1829, the birth of Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony began with his impressions of the chambers where a murder once occurred. Later in the mid 1850s, Turner brought his alleged life-long interest in the whaler’s industry to life in a series of paintings that includes Whalers. Conductor and musicologist Leon Botstein will draw parallels between the art and music, and answer questions from the audience.
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”
Turner: Whalers

Tickets to this event include Museum admission.  Come early and view the painting that inspired this performance in gallery 624.

Tickets, ranging from $30 – $50, are available online at www.metmuseum.org/tickets or by calling 212.570.3949 for more information.

About The Orchestra Now
Founded in 2015, The Orchestra Now is an innovative training 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. The musicians of TŌN hail from across the U.S. and six other countries: Hungary, Korea, China, Japan, Canada and Venezuela. In addition to a concert series at their home base—the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College—they perform multiple concerts each season at Carnegie Hall and offer free concerts at venues across the boroughs of New York City. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art they join TŌN’s Music Director Leon Botstein in the series Sight & Sound as he pairs 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 inaugural season include JoAnn Falletta, Marcelo Lehninger, and Gerard Schwarz. For more information, visit www.theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both an educator and a conductor to his role as founder of Bard College’s new master’s degree program and Music Director of The Orchestra Now. He has been the President of Bard College since 1975, co-Artistic Director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He also served as the Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2011 and is now Conductor Laureate. Mr. Botstein has an active career as a guest conductor with orchestras around the globe and has made numerous recordings, as well as being a prolific author and music historian. He has received numerous honors for his contributions to the music industry. More info online at LeonBotsteinMusicRoom.com.

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

THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) RETURNS TO CARNEGIE HALL IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MET BREUER’S EXHIBITION “UNFINISHED: THOUGHTS LEFT VISIBLE” FRIDAY, MAY 13 AT 7:30 PM

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, April 22, 2016 Music Director Leon Botstein will conduct The Orchestra Now on May 13 in its final performance at Carnegie Hall this season as part of the two-part series, TŌN at Carnegie Hall. Titled The Unfinished, the program features unfinished works by Mozart and Schoenberg, and is presented in conjunction with The Met Breuer’s exhibition Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible. The concert includes a panel discussion on the program with:

Andrea Bayer: Jane Wrightsman Curator, Department of European Paintings, The Met
Elaine Sisman: Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music, Columbia University
Sheena Wagstaff: Leonard A. Lauder Chairman, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Met
Leon Botstein Music: Director, The Orchestra Now

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Though Mozart and Schoenberg have little in common musically, they do share something of note: both started and then abandoned works that became famous. Schoenberg began writing the original sketches for his lyrical Chamber Symphony No. 2 in 1906, but felt that his style was changing. He moved toward atonality and the development of his 12-tone method of composition, leaving the work unfinished. More than 30 years later, while living a life of exile in Los Angeles, he revised and re-orchestrated the Chamber Symphony to merge his old style with his new. Mozart composed the Great Mass in C minor while traveling to Salzburg as one of several works he promised to write for his then fiancée, Constanze, who sang the “Et incarnatus est” at its 1783 Salzburg premiere even though the full mass was never completed. The large-scale missa solemnis is missing most of the Credo and all of the Agnus Dei. While Mozart’s other great choral work, The Requiem, is also unfinished, that was due to his untimely death. There is little information to explain the reason why the Mass in C minor was incomplete, though there are many theories.

The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Emily Birsan, soprano
Cassandra Zoe Velasco, mezzo-soprano
Brian Anderson, tenor
Christopher Burchett, baritone
Bard Festival Chorale
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 2
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor

Tickets, priced $25–$75, are available at CarnegieHall.org, at the Carnegie box office, or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800.

About The Orchestra Now
Founded in 2015, The Orchestra Now is an innovative training 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. The musicians of TŌN hail from across the U.S. and six other countries: Hungary, Korea, China, Japan, Canada and Venezuela. In addition to a concert series at their home base—the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College—they perform multiple concerts each season at Carnegie Hall and offer free concerts at venues across the boroughs of New York City. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art they join TŌN’s Music Director Leon Botstein in the series Sight & Sound as he pairs 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 inaugural season include JoAnn Falletta, Marcelo Lehninger, and Gerard Schwarz. For more information, visit www.theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both an educator and a conductor to his role as founder of Bard College’s new master’s degree program and Music Director of The Orchestra Now. He has been the President of Bard College since 1975, co-Artistic Director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He also served as the Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2011 and is now Conductor Laureate. Mr. Botstein has an active career as a guest conductor with orchestras around the globe and has made numerous recordings, as well as being a prolific author and music historian. He has received numerous honors for his contributions to the music industry. More info online at LeonBotsteinMusicRoom.com.

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

THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) GIVES A FREE CONCERT IN QUEENS AT THE QUEENSBOROUGH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AS PART OF ITS AROUND TOWN SERIES FRIDAY, APRIL 29 AT 8 PM

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, April 12, 2016   The Orchestra Now, the innovative new master’s degree program and graduate training orchestra founded by Bard College in 2015, will give a FREE concert in Queens at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 29 at 8 PM. JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center, and artistic advisor of the Hawaii Symphony, will lead the ensemble of 37 young graduate musicians from around the world in a program of works by Dvořák, Prokofiev, and Mendelssohn.

The performance is the last of five in TŌN’s Around Town series of free concerts at venues big and small throughout New York City during the Orchestra’s inaugural 2015 – 16 season.

Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8 PM
Around Town: Queensborough Performing Arts Center, Bayside, Queens
The final concert this season of TON’s Around Town series visits composers from three different countries: Czechoslovakia, Russia, and Germany. The evening begins with Antonin Dvořák’s Czech Suite, a five-movement work which, as its name implies, includes several Czech folk dances such as the polka and the slow “sousedska.” Fittingly enough for a Czechoslovakian composer, the 1879 premiere was conducted by a man named (Adolf) Čech. The program will also offer music from another great 20th century composer, Russia’s Sergei Prokofiev. His 2nd violin concerto will be performed by the American violinist and recording artist, Michael Ludwig. Highly praised by the Spanish audience at its 1935 premiere in Madrid, the work begins with a Russian-like melody played by the violin but by the final movement, shifts to a Spanish flair with the use of castanets.  The Orchestra journeys back to the 19th century for the program’s finale with Felix Mendelssohn’s 4th Symphony. The work brings back the element of dance as in the Czech Suite, but this time includes a minuet and touches of the tarantella and saltarello. Though born in Germany, Mendelssohn traveled widely through Europe. Inspired by his joyful visits to Italy, this symphony is often referred to as the “Italian.”

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Michael Ludwig, violin
Dvořák: Czech Suite
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

FREE Concert: Reserved seat tickets may be booked in advance at www.theorchestranow.org, and will also be available at the venue box office on the day of the concert. Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located at 222-05 56th Ave between Springfield Blvd and Cloverdale Blvd in Queens. Doors open at 7:30 PM.

About The Orchestra Now
Founded in 2015, The Orchestra Now is an innovative training 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. The musicians of TŌN hail from across the U.S. and six other countries: Hungary, Korea, China, Japan, Canada and Venezuela. In addition to a concert series at their home base—the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College—they perform multiple concerts each season at Carnegie Hall and offer free concerts at venues across the boroughs of New York City. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art they join TŌN’s music director Leon Botstein in the series Sight & Sound as he pairs 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 inaugural season include JoAnn Falletta, Marcelo Lehninger, and Gerard Schwarz. For more information, visit www.theorchestranow.org.

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

THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) GIVES TWO CONCERTS AT THE FISHER CENTER AT BARD COLLEGE, Saturday, April 23 At 8 pm & Sunday, April 24 At 3 pm — Program Features Two World Premieres by Bard Students

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, April 5, 2016 Music Director Leon Botstein will conduct The Orchestra Now in a program of Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Ives, and two world premieres by Bard students Tamzin Elliott and Daniel Zlatkin on April 23-24. The concerts conclude the Orchestra’s inaugural performance season in residence at Bard College, designed to offer adventurous programs of familiar and lesser-known works in the incomparable Sosnoff Theater.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8 PM & Sunday, April 24 at 3 PM
The Fisher Center at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater
One of Ives’s most-performed orchestral works, Three Places in New England, begins the program. The piece portrays a unique New England location for each movement including St. Gaudens in Boston Common; Putnam’s Camp at Redding, Connecticut; and Housatonic at Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The distinctly American work inverts the standard three-movement form from fast-slow-fast to Ives’s favored slow-fast-slow. Cellist Xi Yang is featured in the following set of variations for cello and orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. The Rococo theme, composed by Tchaikovsky himself, is reminiscent of the Rococo musical period he so admired, which dates back to Mozart’s time around the mid-18th century. Bard students Daniel Zlatkin and Tamzin Elliott will each have their works premiered next. Zlatkin’s composition, Climb, is an elegy that emanates darkness but also contains an underlying essence of glowing ascension through the journey. Elliott’s Daughters Concerto, a feminist work, projects thoughtfulness and sensuality. The program closes with one of Sibelius’s most popular works, his 5th Symphony. The symphony is known for its “swan call,” which listeners will hear first in the horn section. The work was commissioned by the Finnish government for Sibelius’s 50th birthday, an event declared a national holiday in tribute to the composer’s abounding fame.

The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein
, conductor
Xi Yang, cello
Daniel Zlatkin, composer
Tamzin Elliott, composer
Ives: Three Places in New England
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
Daniel Zlatkin ’16: Climb (World Premiere)
Tamzin Elliott ’16: Daughters Concerto (World Premiere)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5​

Tickets: $25–$35. Tickets available by calling the box office at 845-758-7900, in person at the Sosnoff Theater box office, or by visiting the website at www.theorchestranow.org.

About The Orchestra Now
Founded in 2015, The Orchestra Now is an innovative training 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. The musicians of TŌN hail from across the U.S. and six other countries: Hungary, Korea, China, Japan, Canada and Venezuela. In addition to a concert series at their home base—the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College—they perform multiple concerts each season at Carnegie Hall and offer free concerts at venues across the boroughs of New York City. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art they join TŌN’s Music Director Leon Botstein in the series Sight & Sound as he pairs 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 inaugural season include JoAnn Falletta, Marcelo Lehninger, and Gerard Schwarz. For more information, visit www.theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both an educator and a conductor to his role as founder of Bard College’s new master’s degree program and Music Director of The Orchestra Now. He has been the President of Bard College since 1975, co-Artistic Director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He also served as the Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2011 and is now Conductor Laureate. Mr. Botstein has an active career as a guest conductor with orchestras around the globe and has made numerous recordings, as well as being a prolific author and music historian. He has received numerous honors for his contributions to the music industry. 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