This week’s Thursday video release is from our “Sunset Serenade” series. TŌN clarinetist Viktor Tóth performed the clarinet solo from Act III of Verdi‘s La forza del destino for a physically distanced audience under the train trestle at the New Ulster Marina in Kingston, NY on July 16, 2020.
Our Audio Flashback this Tuesday is our 2018 performance of Schumann‘s Symphony No. 2, under the baton of James Bagwell. Schumann was suffering from both physical and mental illness when he was writing this symphony, which he thought was noticeable in the music. “Only in the final movement did I begin to feel my old self again,” he wrote. And indeed the final movement is a triumph, as the optimistic melody and resolution combat the moody and rebellious nature of the first movement. Read the concert notes by clicking here.
Our summer video series TŌN-ality continues with harpist Emily Melendes, who recently finished her third year in The Orchestra Now and will be receiving a Master of Music degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. In this video Emily speaks with us about how many instruments she plays (spoiler alert: four!), discusses how the harp works, and performs Jacques de la Presle‘s Le jardin Mouillé.
This Tuesday’s Audio Flashback is our performance of Schubert‘s Great 9th Symphony with conductor Hans Graf at the Fisher Center at Bard this past fall. Schubert’s 9th wasn’t heard until 11 years after his death! It was discovered at his brother’s house by Robert Schumann, and the premiere was conducted by Felix Mendelssohn. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN horn player Emily Buehler, by clicking here.
This week’s Thursday video release is from the kick off of our “Sunset Serenade” series. TŌN musicians performed for a physically distanced audience behind the Saugerties Public Library on July 11, 2020.
Benjamin Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
Shawn Hutchison oboe
Pierre-Octave Ferroud Jade
Leanna Ginsburg flute
To celebrate Bastille Day, today we’re listening back to our performance of George Gershwin‘s An American in Paris, recorded with conductor James Bagwell at the Fisher Center at Bard in February 2018. Gershwin began writing this piece during his trip to Paris, and he was so inspired by the Parisian taxi horns that he handpicked several horns to bring back to the U.S. for the New York City premiere at Carnegie Hall. Read the concert notes, written by former TŌN oboist Regina Brady, by clicking here.
Our summer video series TŌN-ality kicks off with a spotlight on oboe player James Kim, who recently finished his third year in The Orchestra Now and will be receiving a Master of Music degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. James talks with us about a memorable TŌN performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto, discusses what adjustments he had to make as a musician after his son was born, and performs C. P. E. Bach’s Flute Sonata in A minor.
Gustav Mahler was born 160 years ago today, in 1860. We mark this 7/7 with our performance of Mahler’s 7th Symphony, conducted by Leon Botstein at the Fisher Center at Bard in February 2018. Mahler allegedly completed most of the symphony in just four weeks, during one of the happiest moments of his life and career. But by the time it premiered three years later, his life had turned upside-down. Read the concert notes by clicking here.
TŌN violinist Weiqiao Wu created “Live From the Woods” as his Capstone Project in his final year with The Orchestra Now. Joined by TŌN violinist Dillon Robb, the pair connected their love for nature and music by performing works by Sibelius, Martinů, Spohr, and Schubert in a natural acoustic venue provided by their friends Tim and Greg. Recorded on May 16, 2020.