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: Carmen & Vivaldi

On March 20, TŌN’s resident conductor, Zachary Schwartzman, led the orchestra in a streaming concert from the Fisher Center at Bard that featured an arrangement of orchestral music from Bizet‘s classic opera Carmen by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin (who said of the concert, “They are splendid! A fine orchestra: vivid, fluid, flexible strings, and an excellent percussion section.”), and a concerto for strings by Vivaldi. Also on the program are a work by Frank Martin and a memoriam for composer Benjamin Britten by Arvo Pärt. Scroll down below the video for basic program info and timings, or click here to read the full concert program.

1:06 Introductory remarks by TŌN horn player Ser Konvalin
5:51 Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV 156
Read concert notes by Steve V. Sinclair by clicking here
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13:16 Frank Martin Petite symphonie concertante
Renée Anne Louprette harpischord
Frank Corliss piano
Taylor Ann Fleshman TŌN ’22 harp
Read concert notes by TŌN harpist Taylor Ann Fleshman by clicking here
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37:08 Introductory remarks by TŌN percussionist Charles Gillette
41:27 Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Read concert notes by TŌN violinist Sabrina Parry by clicking here
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49:00 Rodion Shchedrin Carmen Suite (after Bizet’s opera)
Read concert notes by TŌN percussionist Luis Herrera Albertazzi 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: Music for String Orchestra

On March 7, TŌN’s assistant conductor, Andrés Rivas, led the orchestra in a streaming concert from the Fisher Center at Bard that featured four works for string orchestra: English composer Bruce Montgomery’s 1950 work Concertino for String Orchestra, the Serenade for String Orchestra by American composer Victor Herbert, Swedish composer Ingvar Lidholm’s Music for Strings, and the 1934 piece Impresión nocturna from Spanish composer Andrés Gaos. Scroll down below the video for basic program info and timings, or click here to read the full concert program.

0:51 Introductory remarks by TŌN cellist Sara Page
5:46 Bruce Montgomery Concertino for String Orchestra
Read concert notes by TŌN violinist Shaina Pan by clicking here.

23:25 Andrés Gaos Impresión nocturna
Read concert notes by TŌN violinist Nicole Oswald by clicking here
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35:54 Introductory remarks by TŌN violinist Bram Margoles
37:21 Ingvar Lidholm Music for Strings
Read concert notes by TŌN violinist Yinglin Zhou by clicking here
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57:25 Introductory remarks by TŌN violinist Bram Margoles
59:51 Victor Herbert Serenade for String Orchestra
Read concert notes by Steve V. Sinclair by clicking here
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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: New & Classic Works for Strings

On February 21, TŌN’s associate conductor, James Bagwell, led the orchestra in a streaming concert from the Fisher Center at Bard that featured the world premiere of Falling Together by composer Sarah Hennies, and the 2005 piece Popcorn Superhet Receiver by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, which was used in the film There Will Be Blood. The program also includes Grieg’s classic Holberg Suite and a popular work by Vaughan Williams. Scroll down below the video for basic program info and timings, or click here to read the full concert program.

0:56 Introductory remarks by TŌN cellist Eva Roebuck
4:46 Sarah Hennies Falling Together (World Premiere)
Read concert notes, written by the composer, by clicking here.

30:17 Introductory remarks by TŌN violist Katelyn Hoag
32:37 Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Read concert notes by TŌN violinist Xinran Li by clicking here.

47:33 Introductory remarks by TŌN cellist Pecos Singer
49:28 Jonny Greenwood Popcorn Superhet Receiver
Read concert notes by TŌN bassist Tristen Jarvis by clicking here.

1:08:08 Introductory remarks by TŌN violinist Zhen Liu
1:09:21 Edvard Grieg Holberg Suite
Read concert notes by TŌN violinist Misty Drake by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Schoenberg & Bach

On February 7, TŌN’s music director Leon Botstein led the orchestra in a streaming concert from the Fisher Center at Bard that featured Bach’s third Brandenburg Concerto and Schoenberg’s romantic tone poem Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night). Also on the program were works for string orchestra by Polish composer Witold Lutosławski and Venezuelan composer, pianist, and singer Teresa Carreño, who played for Abraham Lincoln at the White House in 1863. Scroll down below the video for basic program info and timings, or click here to read the full concert program.

1:00 Introductory remarks by TŌN cellist Cameron Collins
5:44 Witold Lutosławski Funeral Music
Read concert notes by TŌN violinist Adam Jeffreys by clicking here.

22:03 Introductory remarks by TŌN violinist Esther Goldy Roestan
24:40 Teresa Carreño Serenade for Strings
Read concert notes by TŌN violinist Yada Lee by clicking here.

47:03 Introductory remarks by TŌN violinist Tin Yan Lee
49:00 Remarks from TŌN Music Director Leon Botstein
52:14 Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Read concert notes by TŌN violist Celia Daggy by clicking here.

1:06:58 Introductory remarks by TŌN violist Sean Flynn
1:10:10 Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
Read concert notes by TŌN cellist Jordan Gunn by clicking here.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

TŌN is pleased to continue to share new videos with our audiences every Thursday. Today we’re bringing you Bartók‘s vivacious The Miraculous Mandarin Suite. We performed the piece in December 2019 with conductor Tan Dun at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. You can read the concert notes, written by former TŌN horn player William Loveless VI, by clicking here.

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

TŌN IN: Saturday Serenade—Brass Quintet works

This Thursday’s video release features four works for brass quintet performed by members of The Orchestra Now at Beattie-Powers Place in Catskill, NY last September. Scroll down below the video for program info and timings.

0:19 Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer Three Pieces for brass
I. Maestoso alla marcia
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro gracioso

5:26 Daniel Speer Die Bankelsangerlieder (The Song of the Bench Singers)

8:07 Tielman Susato Renaissance Dances

16:04 John Cheetham Scherzo

Steven Harmon horn
Anita Tóth trumpet
Maggie Tsan-Jung Wei trumpet
Ian Striedter trombone
Jack E. Noble bass trombone