Appearances Include Guest Pianists Peter Serkin and Anna Polonsky at Carnegie Hall, Performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Two Free Concerts at the Great Hall at Cooper Union and City College Center for the Arts

Plus an All-Stravinsky Program at the Fisher Center at Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, March 1, 2018 The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will feature a prolific spring season offering no less than five concerts in New York City beginning on March 16, when associate conductor James Bagwell leads a FREE concert of works by Bizet, Pärt, and Virgil Thomson at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, part of the Orchestra’s ever popular and family-friendly Around Town series. The concert will be repeated at Hudson Hall in Hudson, NY on March 18.

Music director Leon Botstein conducts the next Manhattan performance on March 29: Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique in the final installment of TŌN’s Rose Theater series at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. He then leads an all-Stravinsky program featuring the composer’s The Rite of Spring as part of the Orchestra’s residency at Bard College on April 14-15. Guest conductor Jan Latham-Koenig, artistic director of Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, will conduct the Orchestra’s second FREE concert this spring, a program of Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8 and works by Vaughan Williams and Prokofiev at Aaron Davis Hall on April 20. On May 3, Botstein returns to the podium for TŌN’s final Carnegie Hall concert this season, an evening featuring Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos with special guests Anna Polonsky and world-renowned Grammy Award-winner Peter Serkin.

The Orchestra’s last New York City concert this season is titled Debussy & French Painting: Beyond Realism, an afternoon comparing Debussy’s Nocturnes and the artwork of the French Impressionists as part of TŌN’s Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The series’ most recent program, Shostakovich, Michelangelo & the Artistic Conscience, played to a sold-out audience and was broadcast live on The Met’s Facebook page.

Full details for each of TŌN’s spring performances are included below.

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 Hall
James Bagwell, conductor
Pärt: Fratres
Virgil Thomson: The Plow that Broke the Plains Suite
Bizet: Symphony in C

Tickets: All Around Town concerts are FREE, no tickets necessary. RSVPs can be made one month before each concert at or by calling The Orchestra Now at 646.237.5034.

TŌN AT ROSE THEATER SERIES, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
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, starting at $25, may be purchased online at, 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.

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
Members of the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra
Funeral Song
Symphony of Psalms
Requiem Canticles
The Rite of Spring

Tickets, starting $25, 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

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: All Around Town concerts are FREE, no tickets necessary. RSVPs can be made one month before each concert at or by calling The Orchestra Now at 646.237.5034.

CARNEGIE HALL SERIES, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
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, starting at $25, may be purchased online at, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800, or in person at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th and Seventh.

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Sun. May 20, 2018 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Members of the Bard Festival Chorale
Debussy & French Painting: Beyond Realism
This program explores how Debussy’s works and those of Manet, Degas, and Whistler—who created his own series of atmospheric scenes that he labeled “nocturnes”—express different artistic responses to nature in music and painting. As with all Sight & Sound concerts, on-screen artworks are staged in a lively discussion alongside musical excerpts performed by the Orchestra, followed by a full performance and audience Q & A.

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.

All Sight & Sound concerts are a co-presentation with MetLiveArts.

Tickets from $30, bring the kids for $1. Tickets may be purchased online at, 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.

The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of some 80 vibrant young musicians from more than 12 different countries around the globe, whose goal is to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences. They are lifting the curtain on the musicians’ experience by sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from hundreds of applicants from the world’s leading conservatories—including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music—the members of TŌN are not only rousing audiences with their critically acclaimed performances, but also enlightening curious minds by presenting on-stage introductions and demonstrations at concerts, offering program notes written from the musicians’ perspective, and connecting with patrons through one-on-one discussions during intermissions.

Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein founded TŌN in 2015 as a master’s degree program at Bard College, where he also serves as president. The Orchestra is in residence at Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, offering multiple concerts there each season as well as participating in the annual Bard Music Festival. The Orchestra also performs numerous concert series at major venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a schedule of free performances across New York City boroughs. TŌN has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Fabio Luisi, Neeme Järvi, Gerard Schwarz, and JoAnn Falletta.

For upcoming activities and more detailed information about the musicians, visit

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. This year, he assumes artistic directorship of Campus Grafenegg and Grafenegg Academy in 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

Press Contacts:
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Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088

Mark Primoff
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Bard College
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