Entries by Brian Heck

THE ORCHESTRA NOW BEGINS SPRING 2022 SEASON AT THE FISHER CENTER AT BARD COLLEGE FEBRUARY 5–MAY 8, 2022

Guest Artists Feature Conductor Joseph Young, Pianists Lara Downes, Anna Polonsky, Gilles Vonsattel, and Frank Corliss Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, January 12, 2022 – The Orchestra Now (TŌN), the far-sighted orchestra and master’s degree program founded by Bard College president, conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, continues the seventh season of its residency at Bard […]

Handel’s Messiah

Notes by TŌN bassoonist Philip McNaughton Traditionally performed at Christmas time, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is arguably one of the most performed and celebrated works of the orchestral repertoire. Not quite a full-staged opera, this oratorio features soloists, four-part chorus, and an orchestra of paired trumpets, two oboes, first and second violins, viola, basso continuo, […]

TŌN IN: Gil Shaham & Julia Perry

In this November 14, 2021 performance livestreamed from the Fisher Center at Bard, globally renowned violinist and Bard Conservatory of Music faculty member Gil Shaham joins conductor Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now for the world premiere of Birds of America, a new concerto written for him by award-winning composer Scott Wheeler. Also on the […]

THE ORCHESTRA NOW PERFORMS AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART AND PETER NORTON SYMPHONY SPACE ON DECEMBER 5 & 19, 2021

Sight & Sound Series Features Pianist Shai Wosner in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Resident Conductor Zachary Schwartzman Leads a Free Concert New York, New York, November 17, 2021 – The Orchestra Now (TŌN) performs two concerts in Manhattan in December, one with guest pianist Shai Wosner at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as part […]

George Frederick Bristow’s Symphony No. 4, Arcadian

Notes by TŌN oboist JJ Silvey Subverting European Eminence “How are Americans to win their way in composition unless their compositions are played?” This retort to critic Richard Storrs Willis by William Henry Fry, one of the earliest known American symphonists, would precipitate a public argument between the two men about the virtues of American […]

Scott Wheeler’s Birds of America: Violin Concerto No. 2

Notes by the composer The birds in my violin concerto Birds of America are not depicted literally, and it isn’t important for a listener to identify them, but quite a few birds make appearances in the work. The first movement includes a hawk, a whippoorwill, loons, and a mourning dove. The second movement, which features […]

Julia Perry’s Stabat Mater

Notes by TŌN violinist Yi-Ting Kuo The Composer Julia Perry was an African-American composer born in 1924 in Lexington, Kentucky. Upon graduating from Akron High School, she attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, studying voice, piano, and composition. After that, she continued to pursue her […]