Entries by Brian Heck

Season Five of “Sight & Sound” is now on sale!

Tickets are now available for the 2019–20 season of The Orchestra Now’s popular series Sight & Sound at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At each event, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. First, a discussion is accompanied by musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now, […]

Webern’s Six Pieces for Orchestra

Notes by TŌN violinist Stuart McDonald A World of Their Own In the world of post-Romantic music, one is often met by a large amount of works that go to extremes in terms of orchestration and length. From Mahler’s symphonies to Strauss’ symphonic poems, we consistently see pieces calling for extremely large orchestras, and sometimes […]

Morton Feldman’s “Orchestra”

Notes by TŌN violinist Jacques Gadway On the surface, Morton Feldman’s Orchestra looks like it may be a traditional symphonic work. However, after hearing the first few measures, one can be sure it is anything but traditional. While the orchestration calls for a relatively standard instrumental setting, Feldman effectively expresses his disconnection to conventional western […]

Morton Feldman’s “Orchestra”

Notes by TŌN violinist Linda Duan A Chance Meeting In 1950, Morton Feldman attended a performance of Anton Webern’s Symphony, Op. 21 at Carnegie Hall. Upon witnessing the audience’s dispassionate response to the music, he left before the next work, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, a work that Feldman considered regressive and undesirable in its indulgence of […]

Vulture: It’s Time We All Heard the Music of Lili Boulanger

Read full article “Boulanger matured early and worked feverishly, and in the time allotted her, produced a handful of masterworks that require no special pleading. They weren’t lost, hidden, or unplayable; they were just treated with a neglect that would be shocking if it weren’t so predictable. The New York Philharmonic hasn’t performed a note […]

THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) PRESENTS ABSTRACTION IN MUSIC & ART AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART ON MAY 19, 2019

NEW YORK PREMIERE OF MORTON FELDMAN’S ORCHESTRA FEATURED Concert Presented in Conjunction with The Met Museum’s Exhibition Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera New York, NY, April 29, 2019 — The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will perform the final performance this season of its frequently sold-out Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on […]

Subscriptions Now Available for Season Five at the Fisher Center

Subscription packages for the 2019–20 season of concerts at Bard’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts are now available. Single concert tickets go on sale in July. Our 5-Concert Series includes symphonies by Beethoven, Copland, Schubert, Shostakovich, and others. With our Choose Your Own Series you can choose 3 or 4 of these concerts, or […]

OperaWire: An Immaculate Presentation of Verdi’s Requiem

Read full article “Having heard the work a number of times (as well as having so many recordings in my head), this clearly was one of  the most memorable and moving Verdi Requiems I have heard. Conductor Botstein consistently demonstrated an ability to bring the massive forces together, with a precision that had the array […]

TŌN BEGINS SPRING SEASON AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER’S ROSE THEATER WITH CONDUCTOR FABIO LUISI MARCH 26, 2019

Performances Continue at Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Featuring the Premieres of Joachim Raff’s Psalm 130: De Profundis and Lera Auerbach’s De Profundis, and the NY Premiere of Morton Feldman’s Orchestra Guests Include Violinist Vadim Repin, Soprano Elizabeth de Trejo, & Pianist Alessandro Taverna Plus Concerts at The Fisher Center at Bard […]

Calling All Strings!

The Orchestra Now is still accepting applications for all string positions. If you are interested in joining this innovative graduate-level training orchestra and pursuing either a 3-year Master’s Degree or 2-year certificate in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies, we want to hear from you! Don’t delay, apply today! For more info on the program, click […]