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 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.
Pascal Nadon Communications