Entries by Brian Heck

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.

Omar Shelly: The viola as a question mark

Viola player Omar Shelly stars in the February edition of our video series TŌN Close-Ups. He talks about the mystery of his instrument, the perks of having a varied taste in music, and what it takes to be part of The Orchestra Now.

The New Yorker: The Visual Artists Who Inspired Brahms

Read full article “Amid the cultural turmoil of late-nineteenth-century Europe—driven, most powerfully, by the revolutionary operas of Richard Wagner—Johannes Brahms continued to explore the early-nineteenth-century musical genres perfected by Beethoven: the symphony, the sonata, and the concerto, forms in which the composer used craftsmanship to transform pure emotion into musical structure. Brahms did keep up […]