Entries by Brian Heck


Appearances Include Two NYC Performances: A Program on Shostakovich and Michelangelo at The Metropolitan Museum of Art And a Free Concert at Peter Norton Symphony Space Plus Two Programs at the Fisher Center at Bard College Featuring Gershwin’s American in Paris and Mahler’s 7th Symphony Annandale-on Hudson, New York, January 10, 2018 – The Orchestra […]

Watch the TŌN performance series on YouTube

Find out which pieces our musicians love to play in TŌN’s performance series on YouTube. Enjoy performances of works by Beethoven, Holst, Bach, and others as performed by TŌN musicians on solo oboe, viola, bassoon, and violin.

The New York Times: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality

Read full article “At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the conductor Leon Botstein discussed Schoenberg’s “Erwartung” (“Expectation”), a one-act monodrama for soprano and orchestra, written in 1909, and led The Orchestra Now, an ensemble from Bard College (where Mr. Botstein is the president), and the soprano Kirsten Chambers in excerpts from the piece to illustrate his points. Mr. […]

HuffPost: Don’t Miss The Orchestra Now

Read full article “On the musical engagement front, don’t miss The Orchestra Now (TŌN). Its noble aim is to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences, led by renowned conductor Leon Botstein. The musicians are handpicked from the world’s leading conservatories and their performances, as evidenced by their recent Carnegie Hall rendition of Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho Suite,” […]

TŌN debuts on WMHT Live!

The Orchestra Now is pleased to announce our debut on WMHT Live! Tune in to WMHT-FM 89.1/88.7, serving Eastern New York and Western New England, on Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 6 PM to hear Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony, conducted by Leon Botstein. Future broadcasts will take place on Nov […]

TŌN welcomes its newest musicians!

The Orchestra Now is pleased to welcome our newest class of musicians to the program! These 21 graduate students hail from 5 countries and 10 U.S. states, as close as White Plains, NY and as far away as Caracas, Venezuela and Sichuan, China. Collectively, they’ve studied at 30 schools, including The Julliard School, Manhattan School […]

Adina Tsai: No guts, no glory

Violin player Adina Tsai is featured in the latest edition of our video series TŌN Close-Ups. She talks about her earliest musical memories, her favorite parts of playing in The Orchestra Now, and the surprising way livestock have been involved in making violins.

Dohnányi’s Symphony No. 2

Notes by TŌN clarinetist Elias Rodriguez A pianist and composer of exceptional talent, Dohnányi produced two large-scale symphonic works: Symphony No. 1 in D minor and Symphony No. 2 in E Major, Op. 40. According to his third wife, ideas for the symphony may have taken shape as early as 1928, but were not written […]