Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, April 22, 2016 — Music Director Leon Botstein will conduct The Orchestra Now on May 13 in its final performance at Carnegie Hall this season as part of the two-part series, TŌN at Carnegie Hall. Titled The Unfinished, the program features unfinished works by Mozart and Schoenberg, and is presented in conjunction with The Met Breuer’s exhibition Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible. The concert includes a panel discussion on the program with:
Andrea Bayer: Jane Wrightsman Curator, Department of European Paintings, The Met
Elaine Sisman: Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music, Columbia University
Sheena Wagstaff: Leonard A. Lauder Chairman, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Met
Leon Botstein Music: Director, The Orchestra Now
Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Though Mozart and Schoenberg have little in common musically, they do share something of note: both started and then abandoned works that became famous. Schoenberg began writing the original sketches for his lyrical Chamber Symphony No. 2 in 1906, but felt that his style was changing. He moved toward atonality and the development of his 12-tone method of composition, leaving the work unfinished. More than 30 years later, while living a life of exile in Los Angeles, he revised and re-orchestrated the Chamber Symphony to merge his old style with his new. Mozart composed the Great Mass in C minor while traveling to Salzburg as one of several works he promised to write for his then fiancée, Constanze, who sang the “Et incarnatus est” at its 1783 Salzburg premiere even though the full mass was never completed. The large-scale missa solemnis is missing most of the Credo and all of the Agnus Dei. While Mozart’s other great choral work, The Requiem, is also unfinished, that was due to his untimely death. There is little information to explain the reason why the Mass in C minor was incomplete, though there are many theories.
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, conductor
Emily Birsan, soprano
Cassandra Zoe Velasco, mezzo-soprano
Brian Anderson, tenor
Christopher Burchett, baritone
Bard Festival Chorale
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 2
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor
Tickets, priced $25–$75, are available at CarnegieHall.org, at the Carnegie box office, or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800.
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.
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 LeonBotsteinMusicRoom.com.
Pascal Nadon Communications