Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, February 10, 2016 — The Orchestra Now, the innovative new master’s degree program and graduate training orchestra founded by Bard College in 2015, will give a FREE concert of music both known and unfamiliar in midtown Manhattan at The Town Hall on Sunday, February 28 at 3 PM. Gerard Schwarz, Music Director of The All-Star Orchestra and the Eastern Music Festival as well as Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony, will lead the ensemble of 37 young graduate musicians from around the world in a program of works by Stravinsky, Haydn, and David Diamond.
The performance is the third of five in TŌN’s Around Town series of free concerts at venues big and small throughout New York City during the Orchestra’s inaugural 2015 – 16 season. The next Around Town concert will take place at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on March 18, 2016.
Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3 PM
Around Town: The Town Hall, in midtown Manhattan
The Orchestra Now will begin its program with one of Haydn’s London Symphonies, Symphony No. 96, often referred to as the “Miracle Symphony.” The four-movement work earned its nickname when a chandelier fell during the premiere, miraculously evading the audience. Following Haydn will be a modern rendition of Romeo and Juliet by David Diamond, which premiered in New York in 1947. Written as a concert suite rather than a work for theater, Diamond attempted to express the drama of Shakespeare’s famed tragedy without resorting to, as he said, “a large orchestral canvas and a definite musical form.” Stravinsky’s ballet, Pulcinella, will close the evening’s program. Based on a commedia dell’arte libretto written in the early eighteenth century, Pulcinella ushered in Stravinsky’s neoclassical phase.
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Katherine Maysek, mezzo-soprano
Jason Weisinger, tenor
Leo Radosavljevic, bass-baritone
Haydn: Symphony No. 96
David Diamond: Romeo and Juliet
FREE Concert: General Admission tickets may be reserved in advance at www.theorchestranow.org, and will also be available at the venue box office on the day of the concert. The Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan. Doors open at 2:30 PM.
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
Pascal Nadon Communications