LEON BOTSTEIN, conductor
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.
KATHERINE PRACHT, mezzo-soprano
Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 5 with Trinity Wall Street and with the Washington Chorus in her Kennedy Center debut; the U.S. premiere of Richard Wernick’s “…and a Time for Peace,” Carnegie Hall, and Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, David Geffen Hall, with the American Symphony Orchestra; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the York Symphony
JONATHAN BEYER, baritone
Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Pittsburgh Opera; Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte with the Florida Grand Opera; Marcello in La bohème with Dallas Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and in Frankfurt
BARD COLLEGE CHAMBER SINGERS
Bard College Chamber Singers is an auditioned choir of Bard students and alumni/ae from all programs of the College.
BARD FESTIVAL CHORALE
The Bard Festival Chorale was formed in 2003 as the resident choir of the Bard Music Festival. It consists of the finest ensemble singers from New York City and surrounding areas.
JAMES BAGWELL, choral director
James Bagwell maintains an active international schedule as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music. He was most recently named associate conductor of The Orchestra Now (TŌN) and in 2009 was appointed principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. From 2009–15 he served as music director of The Collegiate Chorale.
BARD COLLEGE CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA
The Rite of Spring will be performed by The Orchestra Now and musicians from the Bard College Conservatory of Music.