TŌN IN: Saturday Serenade—More Brass Quintet Works

This Thursday we’re sharing more video from our performance at Beattie-Powers Place in Catskill, NY last September. Brass musicians from The Orchestra Now performed works by Duke Ellington, Paul Dukas, and others. Scroll down below the video for program info and timings.

0:19 Paul Dukas La Péri Fanfare

2:33 Victor Ewald Brass Quintet No. 1
I. Moderato – Più mosso
II. Adagio non troppo lento—Allegro vivace—Tempo I. Adagio
III. Allegro moderato

15:44 Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood

18:34 Howard Cable A Newfoundland Sketch

Emily Buehler horn
Samuel Exline trumpet
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet
David Kidd trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

TŌN IN: Saturday Serenade—Brass Quintet works

This Thursday’s video release features four works for brass quintet performed by members of The Orchestra Now at Beattie-Powers Place in Catskill, NY last September. Scroll down below the video for program info and timings.

0:19 Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer Three Pieces for brass
I. Maestoso alla marcia
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro gracioso

5:26 Daniel Speer Die Bankelsangerlieder (The Song of the Bench Singers)

8:07 Tielman Susato Renaissance Dances

16:04 John Cheetham Scherzo

Steven Harmon horn
Anita Tóth trumpet
Maggie Tsan-Jung Wei trumpet
Ian Striedter trombone
Jack E. Noble bass trombone

AUDIO FLASHBACK: William Grant Still’s Out of the Silence

This week’s Audio Flashback is William Grant Still‘s meditative Out of the Silence. Still, the first African-American to have a symphony performed by a major U.S. orchestra, wrote this work as part of Seven Traceries, a set of mystical piano pieces intended as musical portraits of God, which were subsequently orchestrated by the composer. The Orchestra Now performed this piece outdoors (hence the crickets you will hear in the background!) with conductor James Bagwell last September, opening the Out of the Silence festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. 

Music From Home: Introduction, Cadenza & Rondo from Parish Alvars’ Grand Fantasia, Op. 57

For this Thursday’s video feature we check in with TŌN harp player Taylor Ann Fleshman, who performs the Introduction, Cadenza & Rondo from the Grand Fantasia of English-born harpist and composer Elias Parish Alvars.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Jessie Montgomery’s Strum

This Tuesday’s Audio Flashback is the recent work Strum by Jessie Montgomery. Montgomery’s music has been recognized with the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award, and her current commissions include works for the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall. The Washington Post has called her music “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life.” The Orchestra Now performed Strum with conductor Andrés Rivas as part of last September’s Out of the Silence festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. You can read the concert notes, written by Christopher H. Gibbs, Artistic Codirector of the Bard Music Festival, by clicking here.

THE ORCHESTRA NOW STARTS ITS 2021 SEASON WITH TWO LIVESTREAMED CONCERTS ON FEBRUARY 7 AND 21

Programs Feature a World Premiere by Sarah Hennies and 
Popcorn Superhet Receiver by Radiohead Bandmember Jonny Greenwood 

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, January 11, 2021 — The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will begin its 2021 season with two concerts to be livestreamed from the Fisher Center at Bard on February 7 and 21, led by Leon Botstein and James Bagwell respectively. Both programs for string orchestra will offer pieces by underrepresented composers, including a new work by composer/percussionist Sarah Hennies written for the Orchestra and the Bard Music Program, where she is on faculty. Her work is concerned with a variety of musical, sociopolitical, and psychological issues including queer and trans identity, love, intimacy, and psychoacoustics. She was recently profiled in The New York Times about her eclectic musical style, “rife with psychological effects and emotional undercurrents.” Additional rarely-heard music will showcase Popcorn Superhet Receiver, a work by English composer Jonny Greenwood, the lead guitarist and keyboard player of the alternative rock band Radiohead; and Serenade for Strings by the Venezuelan composer, pianist, and singer Teresa Carreño, who played for Abraham Lincoln at the White House in 1863. 

Upcoming highlights in the 2021 season are a concert led by assistant conductor Andrés Rivas (March 7), a performance with resident conductor Zachary Schwartzman (March 20), and two concerts led by music director Leon Botstein (April 10 and May 1).

Schoenberg & Bach
Sunday February 7 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Lutosławski: Funeral Music
Teresa Carreño: Serenade for Strings  
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

Access: RSVP at theorchestranow.org starting on January 27 to receive a direct link to the livestream on the day of the concert. This concert will be available for delayed streaming on TŌN’s digital portal STAY TŌNED, starting on February 11.

New & Classic Works for Strings
Sunday February 21 at 2 pm
James Bagwell, conductor
Sarah Hennies: New Work (World Premiere)
Jonny Greenwood: Popcorn Superhet Receiver
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Grieg: Holberg Suite

Access: RSVP at theorchestranow.org starting on January 27 to receive a direct link to the livestream on the day of the concert. This concert will be available for delayed streaming on STAY TŌNED starting on February 25. 

STAY TŌNED
Since March 2020, TŌN has presented more than 100 audio and video streams on STAY TŌNED, its new portal regrouping of all digital initiatives. Audio content is offered every Tuesday and videos every Thursday. The events feature weekly new and archived audio and video recordings that comprise recitals, chamber music, and symphonic programs, including collaborations with the Bard Music Festival that are also available on the Fisher Center at Bard’s virtual stage, UPSTREAMING. Much of the content is also available on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Bard College Covid-19 Measures and Safety
To adapt to current circumstances, Bard College created detailed protocols for testing and screening, daily monitoring of symptoms, contact tracing, quarantine practices, and physical distancing in the classroom and across the Bard campus. This includes specific protocols for musicians campus-wide in both its undergraduate and graduate programs. 

The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of 72 vibrant young musicians from 14 different countries across the globe: Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Peru, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.K., and the U.S. All share a mission to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences by sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked 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 enlightening curious minds by giving on-stage introductions and demonstrations, writing concert notes from the musicians’ perspective, and having one-on-one discussions with patrons during intermissions.

Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, whom The New York Times said “draws rich, expressive playing from the orchestra,” founded TŌN in 2015 as a graduate program at Bard College, where he is also president. TŌN offers both a three-year master’s degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies and a two-year advanced certificate in Orchestra Studies. The Orchestra’s home base is the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center at Bard, where it performs multiple concerts each season and takes part in the annual Bard Music Festival. It also performs regularly at the finest venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others across NYC and beyond. HuffPost, who has called TŌN’s performances “dramatic and intense,” praises these concerts as “an opportunity to see talented musicians early in their careers.” 

The Orchestra has performed with many distinguished guest conductors and soloists, including Hans Graf, Neeme Järvi, Vadim Repin, Fabio Luisi, Peter Serkin, Gerard Schwarz, Tan Dun, Zuill Bailey, and JoAnn Falletta. Recordings featuring The Orchestra Now include two albums of piano concertos with Piers Lane on Hyperion Records, and a Sorel Classics concert recording of pianist Anna Shelest performing works by Anton Rubinstein with TŌN and conductor Neeme Järvi. Buried Alive with baritone Michael Nagy, released on Bridge Records in August 2020, includes the first recording in almost 60 years—and only the second recording ever—of Othmar Schoeck’s song-cycle Lebendig begraben. Upcoming releases include an album of piano concertos with Orion Weiss on Bridge Records. Recordings of TŌN’s live concerts from the Fisher Center can be heard on Classical WMHT-FM and WWFM The Classical Network, and are featured regularly on Performance Today, broadcast nationwide. 

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

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 2003–11 and is now conductor laureate. In 2018, he assumed 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 editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly and has received many honors for his contributions to music. More info online at LeonBotstein.com.

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TŌN IN: Autumn Harmonies—A Harvest of Sound

As we move in to 2021, we will continue to share video with you every Thursday of performances by members of The Orchestra Now. Today we’re pleased to share video from a private performance this past October at Peaceful Windhorse Farm in Clermont, NY. Members of TŌN perform short works by Mozart, Dukas, Duke Ellington, and others. Scroll down below the video for program info and timings.

0:23 Paul Dukas La Péri Fanfare
2:56 Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood
6:26 Oskar Böhme Brass Sextet
Emily Buehler horn
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet
Samuel Exline trumpet
Anita Tóth trumpet
David Kidd trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

25:23 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola No. 1
I. Allegro
III. Rondo: Allegro
Bram Margoles violin
Katelyn Hoag viola

36:26 Louis Spohr Duo Concertante for 2 Violins, Op. 67 No. 2
I. Allegro
42:43 Jay Ungar (arr. Drake & Oswald) Ashokan Farewell
Misty Drake violin
Nicole Oswald violin

46:25 Heinrich Sutermeister Capriccio for solo clarinet
Viktor Tóth clarinet

53:39 Giovanni Gabrieli Canzona per Sonare No. 4
56:11 Howard Cable A Newfoundland Sketch
Emily Buehler horn
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet
Samuel Exline trumpet
Anita Tóth trumpet
David Kidd trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

AUDIO FLASHBACK: George Walker’s Lyric for Strings

For our first Audio Flashback of 2021 we offer the elegiac Lyric for Strings by George Walker. Walker was the first African-American winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Fanfare magazine called him “one of the greatest composers of our time.” The Orchestra Now performed this piece with conductor James Bagwell as part of last September’s Out of the Silence festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. You can read the concert notes, written by Christopher H. Gibbs, Artistic Codirector of the Bard Music Festival, by clicking here.