Music From Home: Introduction, Cadenza & Rondo from Parish Alvars’ Grand Fantasia, Op. 57

For this Thursday’s video feature we check in with TŌN harp player Taylor Ann Fleshman, who performs the Introduction, Cadenza & Rondo from the Grand Fantasia of English-born harpist and composer Elias Parish Alvars.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Jessie Montgomery’s Strum

This Tuesday’s Audio Flashback is the recent work Strum by Jessie Montgomery. Montgomery’s music has been recognized with the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award, and her current commissions include works for the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall. The Washington Post has called her music “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life.” The Orchestra Now performed Strum with conductor Andrés Rivas as part of last September’s Out of the Silence festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. You can read the concert notes, written by Christopher H. Gibbs, Artistic Codirector of the Bard Music Festival, by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Autumn Harmonies—A Harvest of Sound

As we move in to 2021, we will continue to share video with you every Thursday of performances by members of The Orchestra Now. Today we’re pleased to share video from a private performance this past October at Peaceful Windhorse Farm in Clermont, NY. Members of TŌN perform short works by Mozart, Dukas, Duke Ellington, and others. Scroll down below the video for program info and timings.

0:23 Paul Dukas La Péri Fanfare
2:56 Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood
6:26 Oskar Böhme Brass Sextet
Emily Buehler horn
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet
Samuel Exline trumpet
Anita Tóth trumpet
David Kidd trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

25:23 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola No. 1
I. Allegro
III. Rondo: Allegro
Bram Margoles violin
Katelyn Hoag viola

36:26 Louis Spohr Duo Concertante for 2 Violins, Op. 67 No. 2
I. Allegro
42:43 Jay Ungar (arr. Drake & Oswald) Ashokan Farewell
Misty Drake violin
Nicole Oswald violin

46:25 Heinrich Sutermeister Capriccio for solo clarinet
Viktor Tóth clarinet

53:39 Giovanni Gabrieli Canzona per Sonare No. 4
56:11 Howard Cable A Newfoundland Sketch
Emily Buehler horn
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet
Samuel Exline trumpet
Anita Tóth trumpet
David Kidd trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

AUDIO FLASHBACK: George Walker’s Lyric for Strings

For our first Audio Flashback of 2021 we offer the elegiac Lyric for Strings by George Walker. Walker was the first African-American winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Fanfare magazine called him “one of the greatest composers of our time.” The Orchestra Now performed this piece with conductor James Bagwell as part of last September’s Out of the Silence festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. You can read the concert notes, written by Christopher H. Gibbs, Artistic Codirector of the Bard Music Festival, by clicking here.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Stravinsky’s Fireworks

Before you watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks, enjoy Stravinsky‘s Fireworks! The Orchestra Now performed this 1908 work last December with conductor Tan Dun at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN violist Lucas Goodman, by clicking here.

All of us at TŌN wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2021!

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Joachim Raff’s Psalm 130: De Profundis

Our second Audio Flashback this Tuesday goes back to April 2019, when we performed the U.S. premiere of Joachim Raff‘s Psalm 130: De Profundis at the Fisher Center at Bard with conductor Leon Botstein; soprano Elizabeth De Trejo; and the Bard Festival Chorale, directed by James Bagwell. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN horn player Emily Buehler, by clicking here.

0:00 Introduction: Andante (Moderately slow)
1:59 De Profundis: Andante con moto (Moderately slow, with motion)
8:24 Si iniquitates: Andantino (Moderate)
12:59 Quia apud te: Allegretto (Moderately fast)
17:18 A custodia matutina: Andante con moto (Moderately slow, with motion)
22:40 Et ipse redimet: Allegro (Fast) 

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral

Our first Audio Flashback this Tuesday is to our 2018 performance of Jennifer Higdon‘s ethereal and emotional blue cathedral. Higdon called the piece “a place of beginnings, endings, solitude, fellowship, contemplation, knowledge, and growth.” We performed the work with conductor James Bagwell at the Fisher Center at Bard on February 3, 2018. You can read notes from the composer by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Chamber Performances—Fall 2020

This holiday season we’d love to share with you some recent chamber performances presented by the musicians of The Orchestra Now. Enjoy short works by Mozart, Ravel, Duke Ellington, and others. We hope this music helps to brighten your holiday as we head in to a hopeful new year. Scroll down below the video for program info and timings.

0:19 Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F major
IV. Vif et agité
Yada Lee violin
Esther Goldy Roestan violin
Celia Daggy viola
Lucas Button cello

5:52 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Oboe Quartet in F major
I. Allegro
Shawn Hutchison oboe
Yada Lee violin
Larissa Mapua viola
Sarah Schoeffler cello

12:52 Arcady Dubensky Concerto Grosso for Three Trombones and Tuba
I. Prelude, II. Toccata, III. Fugue
Ian Striedter tenor trombone
David Kidd tenor trombone
Jack E. Noble bass trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

19:52 Paul Dukas (arr. Wayne Barrington) La Péri Fanfare
22:08 Howard Cable A Newfoundland Sketch
26:06 Duke Ellington (arr. Jack Gale) In a Sentimental Mood
Samuel Exline trumpet
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet
Emily Buehler horn
David Kidd tenor trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4

Beethoven‘s Piano Concerto No. 4 premiered on this day in 1808 in Vienna. Beethoven wrote the piece for himself, and its premiere was the last time he ever performed as a soloist with an orchestra. Pianist Anna Polonsky played the concerto with The Orchestra Now and conductor Leon Botstein at the Fisher Center at Bard this past February. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN horn player Steven Harmon, by clicking here.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Debussy’s Rhapsody for Clarinet

This week we’re revisiting our performance of Claude Debussy’s Rhapsody for Clarinet, with TŌN’s very own Viktor Tóth as the soloist. We performed this work with conductor Tan Dun one year ago this week at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN clarinetist Ye Hu, by clicking here.