TŌN IN: Woodkid’s “Brooklyn” performed on harp, flute & viola

Three musicians from The Orchestra Now—harpist Emily Melendes, flutist Leanna Ginsburg, and violist Larissa Mapua—got together from their respective homes to perform a cover of the song “Brooklyn” by Woodkid.

Ginsburg says: Emily, Larissa, and I were supposed to perform Debussy’s Trio Sonata this spring. We had just had our first rehearsal right before everything was shut down. I was so excited to be playing with these incredible female musicians, so it was quite a disappointment to have that taken away. ⁣Now we are in different locations, but I wanted to put together something that would commemorate our missed performance. The song is about being separated from loved ones and longing for the place where they are, which I felt was relevant to this time. ⁣I’ll leave you with my favorite line from the song: “Life is easier where we can join our hands.” ⁣

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade with Viola & Trumpet

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN musicians performed for a physically distanced audience at Opus 40 Sculpture Park on July 26, 2020.

Bach Cello Suite No. 3
VII. Gigue
Sean Flynn viola

Theo Charlier Études transcendantes
No. 2: Du Style
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Clarinet

This week’s Thursday video release is from our “Sunset Serenade” series. TŌN clarinetist Viktor Tóth performed the clarinet solo from Act III of Verdi‘s La forza del destino for a physically distanced audience under the train trestle at the New Ulster Marina in Kingston, NY on July 16, 2020.

TŌN-ality: Emily Melendes

Our summer video series TŌN-ality continues with harpist Emily Melendes, who recently finished her third year in The Orchestra Now and will be receiving a Master of Music degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. In this video Emily speaks with us about how many instruments she plays (spoiler alert: four!), discusses how the harp works, and performs Jacques de la Presle‘s Le jardin Mouillé.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade with Oboe and Flute

This week’s Thursday video release is from the kick off of our “Sunset Serenade” series. TŌN musicians performed for a physically distanced audience behind the Saugerties Public Library on July 11, 2020.

Benjamin Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
III. Niobe
Shawn Hutchison oboe

Pierre-Octave Ferroud Jade
Leanna Ginsburg flute

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 adjustments he had to make as a musician after his son was born, and performs C. P. E. Bach’s Flute Sonata in A minor.

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 and Greg. Recorded on May 16, 2020.

Learn more about Weiqiao at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u1aGhkAb38
Learn more about Dillon at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp5wQaf9LbE

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 Bach, Willson Osborne, Francisco Mignone, Gabriel Fauré, Malcolm Arnold, Luciano Berio, Lera Auerbach, and Franz Schubert. You can view the concert program by clicking here.

The musicians encourage viewers to to research immigrant aid organizations in their areas and support them if possible.
Donate to the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement by clicking here.
Visit The Sanctuary Concert Project Facebook page by clicking here.

A Tribute to our Heroes: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica

The Orchestra Now pays tribute to our heroes, the front line workers keeping our communities safe and healthy, with a special at-home performance from Beethoven‘s “Heroic” Symphony No. 3.

May 28—Bach: Virtual Universality

Join us on Zoom next Thursday, May 28, at 7 PM for BACH: VIRTUAL UNIVERSALITY. Conductor James Bagwell, organist Renée Anne Louprette, and musicians from The Orchestra Now perform two Bach chorales—one from St. John Passion and the other from St. Matthew Passion—and answer your questions in a live Q&A. Register to join at tinyurl.com/bach528.