Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, April 12, 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 in Queens at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 29 at 8 PM. JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center, and artistic advisor of the Hawaii Symphony, will lead the ensemble of 37 young graduate musicians from around the world in a program of works by Dvořák, Prokofiev, and Mendelssohn.
The performance is the last 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.
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8 PM
Around Town: Queensborough Performing Arts Center, Bayside, Queens
The final concert this season of TON’s Around Town series visits composers from three different countries: Czechoslovakia, Russia, and Germany. The evening begins with Antonin Dvořák’s Czech Suite, a five-movement work which, as its name implies, includes several Czech folk dances such as the polka and the slow “sousedska.” Fittingly enough for a Czechoslovakian composer, the 1879 premiere was conducted by a man named (Adolf) Čech. The program will also offer music from another great 20th century composer, Russia’s Sergei Prokofiev. His 2nd violin concerto will be performed by the American violinist and recording artist, Michael Ludwig. Highly praised by the Spanish audience at its 1935 premiere in Madrid, the work begins with a Russian-like melody played by the violin but by the final movement, shifts to a Spanish flair with the use of castanets. The Orchestra journeys back to the 19th century for the program’s finale with Felix Mendelssohn’s 4th Symphony. The work brings back the element of dance as in the Czech Suite, but this time includes a minuet and touches of the tarantella and saltarello. Though born in Germany, Mendelssohn traveled widely through Europe. Inspired by his joyful visits to Italy, this symphony is often referred to as the “Italian.”
FREE Concert: Reserved seat tickets may be booked in advance at www.theorchestranow.org, and will also be available at the venue box office on the day of the concert. Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located at 222-05 56th Ave between Springfield Blvd and Cloverdale Blvd in Queens. Doors open at 7:30 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