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.

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