Entries by Brian Heck

TŌN-ality: James Kim

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 […]

TŌN on the Radio: Performance Today

The program Performance Today, aired on public radio nationwide, is featuring TŌN’s performance of Arthur Honegger‘s Rugby today, July 8. You can stream the program online through August 8 by clicking here, or tune in to WMHT-FM 89.1/88.7 tonight at 8 PM. Read the concert notes, written by TŌN bassist Kaden Henderson, by clicking here.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Mahler’s Symphony No. 7

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 […]

TŌN on the Radio: Performance Today

Hear our performance of Schubert‘s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Hans Graf, on “Performance Today,” broadcast on public radio nationwide. Stream online through August 2, or listen on WMHT-FM 89.1/88.7 at 8 PM on Thursday, July 2. Read the concert notes, written by TŌN horn player Emily Buehler, by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Live From the Woods

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 […]

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Copland’s Symphony No. 3

As Pride Month comes to a close and Independence Day draws near, we pay tribute to an iconic gay composer who was celebrated for his “Americana” sound, Brooklyn’s own Aaron Copland. His third symphony is also known as the “Great American” and features the theme from his famous “Fanfare for the Common Man.” Read the […]

TŌN IN: The Sanctuary Concert Project

On May 17, 2020, several musicians from The Orchestra Now organized a concert of chamber music benefiting the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement‘s Mano a Mano Mutual Aid Fund, which directly provides aid to immigrant families affected by the pandemic. The concert features works written by Rebecca Clarke, Pierre-Octave Ferroud, Olivier Messiaen, Steven Stucky, Johann Sebastian […]

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Symphony No. 1

This Tuesday’s audio flashback is the first symphony of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Written in the composer’s late teens and early 20s, this symphony was an assignment from Rimsky’s composition teacher, and the second movement was written while he was at sea in the Russian navy. Some hailed the piece as “the first Russian symphony” […]