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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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