Entries by Brian Heck

THE ORCHESTRA NOW BEGINS 2019 FALL SEASON IN NEW YORK CITY WITH STRAUSS’ DON QUIXOTE & THE LAST KNIGHT, THE FIRST PROGRAM IN ITS SIGHT & SOUND SERIES AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART OCTOBER 27, 2019

Featured Soloists are Cellist Lucas Button and Violist Leonardo Vásquez Chacón Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, October 3, 2019 – The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will open its 2019 fall season in New York City on Oct. 27 with Strauss’ Don Quixote & The Last Knight, the first of three programs in its popular Sight & Sound series […]

TŌN Alumnus Update: Andrew Borkowski

Over the summer we caught up with one of The Orchestra Now’s first musicians, Andrew Borkowski TŌN ’18, who returned to perform in the 2019 Bard Music Festival (BMF). Are you excited to be playing in the Bard Music Festival again? How does it compare to playing in other concerts? I’m excited because the energy […]

Season Five Now On Sale!

Tickets are now on sale for The Orchestra Now’s 2019–20 concert season. Highlights include: 7 concerts at the Fisher Center at Bard, including a U.S. premiere with guest conductor Hans Graf (Nov 2–3), a celebration of the genius of Beethoven (Feb 8–9), and a performance of Mahler’s massive Resurrection Symphony with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra (May […]

The New York Times: Abstraction in Music and Art

Read full article “On Sunday, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Leon Botstein led The Orchestra Now in a program called “Abstraction in Music and Art,” tied to one of the Met’s current exhibitions. With just about 45 minutes of playing, this was more of a lecture than it was a traditional orchestral concert. But the […]

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 […]