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 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

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

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