TŌN IN: Shostakovich & Dawson

In this September 12, 2021 performance livestreamed from the Fisher Center at Bard, Leon Botstein conducts William L. Dawson’s distinctive and emotionally charged Negro Folk Symphony and Shostakovich’s enormous and patriotic 7th Symphony, Leningrad, written largely after the composer had fled the city following the German invasion during WWII.

Read the full concert program by clicking here.

Scroll down below the video for timings and concert notes.

1:00 Introductory remarks by TŌN violist Sean Flynn
6:57 William L. Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony
Read concert notes by TŌN bassist Tristen Jarvis by clicking here.

44:19 Introductory remarks by TŌN flutist Leanna Ginsburg
50:50 Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Leningrad
Read concert notes by TŌN violist Celia Daggy by clicking here.

Meet the Musicians of TŌN: Bassist Tristen Jarvis

We recently sat down with TŌN bassist Tristen Jarvis who talked to us about his transition from sports to music, his love of Respighi’s Pines of Rome, and how he loves learning how to be his own teacher as a member of The Orchestra Now.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Witold Lutosławski’s Overture for Strings

Watch our October 2020 performance of Witold Lutosławski‘s Overture for Strings, conducted by Zachary Schwartzman. In his concert notes on the work, TŌN cellist Cameron Collins calls the overture “quite an interesting piece. After his first symphony, Lutosławski was reportedly unhappy with his own approach to the way he used pitches to create his melodies and harmonies. This forced him to start searching for a new ‘sound language,’ and the Overture for Strings was his first symphonic work in this process.” You can read his complete notes by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Flute

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN flutist Brendan Dooley performed Georg Philipp Telemann’s Fantasia No. 3 for a physically distanced audience at Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY on September 24, 2020. Watch the full concert by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on French Horn

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN horn player Ser Konvalin performed the world premiere of Nikea Randolph’s Seeking Every Resolution for a physically distanced audience at Opus 40 Sculpture Park in Saugerties, NY on September 23, 2020. Watch the full concert by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Oboe

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN oboist Jasper Igusa performed Mary Chandler’s Summer’s Lease for a physically distanced audience at Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY on September 11, 2020. Watch the full concert by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Bassoon

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN bassoonist Philip McNaughton performed the first two movements of Susan Kander’s The Lunch Counter for a physically distanced audience at Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY on September 11, 2020. Watch the full concert by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Oboe

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN oboist Shawn Hutchison performed the first four movements from Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for a physically distanced audience at Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY on September 11, 2020. Watch the full concert by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Augusta Read Thomas’ Silent Moon

For this Thursday’s video feature we check in with TŌN violinist Bram Margoles and violist Katelyn Hoag, who perform Augusta Read ThomasSilent Moon.

TŌN IN: Saturday Serenade—More Brass Quintet Works

This Thursday we’re sharing more video from our performance at Beattie-Powers Place in Catskill, NY last September. Brass musicians from The Orchestra Now performed works by Duke Ellington, Paul Dukas, and others. Scroll down below the video for program info and timings.

0:19 Paul Dukas La Péri Fanfare

2:33 Victor Ewald Brass Quintet No. 1
I. Moderato – Più mosso
II. Adagio non troppo lento—Allegro vivace—Tempo I. Adagio
III. Allegro moderato

15:44 Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood

18:34 Howard Cable A Newfoundland Sketch

Emily Buehler horn
Samuel Exline trumpet
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet
David Kidd trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba