Presentations Include Live-Streamed House Concerts, Music & Interviews from TŌN Musicians at Home, and Audio & Video of Past Performances, Some Never Before Released

Fisher Center at Bard’s UPSTREAMING Series Features TŌN in
Korngold‘s A Passover Psalm, Rimsky-Korsakov‘s Overture to May Night, and More

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, May 26, 2020 —The Orchestra Now (TŌN) keeps the music coming through its new digital initiative STAY TŌNED, a free weekly series of audio and video streams, respectively available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as other musical options that can be enjoyed on multiple platforms from home mask-free. The latest streaming event is an audio performance of Ives’ Decoration Day on Tuesday, May 26. Online content is accessible at theorchestranow.org/stay-toned/ and on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @theorchnow. A detailed schedule follows below.

STAY TŌNED will include more than past performances. TŌN IN will offer new videos being released for the very first time, as well as live-streamed house concerts and interviews with the musicians at home. The new series TŌNality will feature interviews with many of the Orchestra’s graduating musicians. In addition, the Fisher Center at Bard releases new content on its UPSTREAMING virtual stage each Wednesday, often featuring TŌN recordings.

Highlights of STAY TŌNED Streaming Initiatives
Video Flashbacks – Audiences can revisit past TŌN performances by streaming videos online. Recent programs include the April 2019 concert De Profundis: Out of the Depths, with violinist Vadim Repin in the U.S. premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Violin Concerto No. 3, and the 2018 Sight & Sound event at The Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring baritone Tyler Duncan in Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo.

Audio FlashbacksArchived high-quality audio recording performances by TŌN and scheduled for online streaming include Korngold‘s Cello Concerto in C with soloist Nicholas Canellakis at the 2019 Bard Music Festival, and Reinhold Glière’s Symphony No. 3, Ilya Muromets.

TŌN IN—New Video Releases – New video releases each Thursday will offer a variety of content, including live-streamed house concerts featuring chamber works and solo performances by the musicians, many of whom are roommates in quarantine together; the new series TŌNality, featuring interviews with several of the orchestra’s graduating musicians; and other special performances from home. The Thursday, May 28 release will feature conductor James Bagwell with organist Renée Anne Louprette and TŌN musicians performing two Bach chorales—from St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion—and answering your questions in a live Q&A. It will be accessible on Zoom by registering for the event.

Music From Home – Current and former TŌN musicians share videos from their homes, practicing and playing unique arrangements of popular songs, such as TŌN violinist Gergő Krisztián Tóth playing Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” from Havana, Cuba with his wife, singer Yulaysi Tóth Miranda Ferrer.

UPSTREAMING – The Fisher Center at Bard is releasing new content on its UPSTREAMING virtual stage each Wednesday that often feature TŌN recordings. These include Bard Music Festival performances of Korngold‘s A Passover Psalm with soprano Marjorie Owens and the Bard Festival Chorale, performed on August 9, 2019; and Rimsky-Korsakov‘s Overture to May Night and Dubinushka, performed on August 10, 2018.

TŌN on the Radio – The Orchestra’s regular broadcasts on Classical WMHT-FM and WWFM–The Classical Network are continuing, as well as appearances on Performance Today, airing on public radio nationwide. Recent broadcasts include Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 and Joachim’s Hamlet Overture on Performance Today and Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony on WMHT. The final concert this season will be Rimsky-Korsakov’s Symphony No. 1 and Glière’s Symphony No. 3, Ilya Muromets, on WMHT on June 28 at 6:00 pm ET.

STAY TŌNED also showcases social media and website posts including Meet the Musicians of TŌN, where the Orchestra spotlights various musicians through interviews and personal performances; and Concert Notes & Music, offering program notes from previously scheduled concerts that were written by TŌN’s talented musicians.

Academic Studies Continue
TŌN musicians continued their master’s degree coursework online throughout April and May, and also attended virtual coaching and classes with guest artists from The Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and others. Members took part in weekly webinars led by Leon Botstein and such eminent leaders of the classical music community as conductors Leonard Slatkin, composer Joan Tower, and musicologist Christopher Gibbs. To fulfill Teaching Artist requirements, first- and second-year students served as virtual practice buddies for local middle-school youth in the Red Hook School District, while third-year string students provided virtual coaching to NYC students in the Opportunity Music Project’s Honors Orchestra. TŌN’s 14 third-year masters’ candidates completed Capstone Projects, which are equivalent to a master’s thesis.

Bard Music ConnectsTo stay in contact with their musical community, TŌN musicians take part in Bard Music Connects, a home for online initiatives and content created by all musicians at Bard College, including the Conservatory, the Music Program, and The Orchestra Now. Bard Music Connects can be found on Facebook/Instagram: @BardMusicConnects; Twitter: @BardMusConnects; YouTube; and on the Bard website.

All audio streams will be uploaded on Tuesdays, and videos on Thursdays. They will be available starting at 11:00 am ET for archived performances, and evenings for live-stream events. Unless otherwise indicated, all programs below are accessible on YouTube.

Tuesday May 26 (audio)
Ives: Decoration Day
Program details available here

Thursday, May 28 at 7 PM on Zoom (Live-Steam video)
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 here.

Tuesday, June 2 (audio)
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben & Wagner: Siegfried’s Rhine Journey
Program details available here

Thursday, June 4 (video)
Beethoven: Eroica from home
The musicians of The Orchestra Now pay tribute to their heroes, the front-line workers keeping our communities safe and healthy, with a special at-home performance of Beethoven’s “Heroic” 3rd Symphony, the Eroica.
Program details available here

Tuesday, June 9 (audio)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphony No. 1
Program details available here

Thursday, June 11 (video)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Program details available here

Tuesday June 16 (audio)
Still: Afro-American Symphony
Ustvolskaya: Symphonic Poem No. 1
Program details available here for the Still piece, and here for the Ustvolskaya piece

Tuesday, June 30 (audio)
Copland: Symphony No. 3
Program details available here

Tuesday, July 7 (audio)
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Program details available here

Tuesday, July 14 (audio)
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Program details available here

Tuesday, July 21 (audio)
Schubert:  Symphony No. 9
Program details available here

The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of 65 vibrant young musicians from 12 different countries across the globe: Bulgaria, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Peru, Taiwan, Ukraine, the U.K., and the U.S. All share a mission to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences by sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from the world’s leading conservatories—including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music—the members of TŌN are enlightening curious minds by giving on-stage introductions and demonstrations, writing concert notes from the musicians’ perspective, and having one-on-one discussions with patrons during intermissions.

Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, whom The New York Times said “draws rich, expressive playing from the orchestra,” founded TŌN in 2015 as a graduate program at Bard College, where he is also president. TŌN offers both a three-year master’s degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies and a two-year advanced certificate in Orchestra Studies. The orchestra’s home base is the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center at Bard, where they perform multiple concerts each season and take part in the annual Bard Music Festival. They also perform regularly at the finest venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others across NYC and beyond. HuffPost, who has called TŌN’s performances “dramatic and intense,” praises these concerts as “an opportunity to see talented musicians early in their careers.”

The Orchestra has performed with many distinguished guest conductors and soloists, including Hans Graf, Neeme Järvi, Vadim Repin, Fabio Luisi, Peter Serkin, Gerard Schwarz, Tan Dun, Zuill Bailey, and JoAnn Falletta. Recordings featuring The Orchestra Now include Ferdinand Ries piano concertos with Piers Lane on Hyperion Records, and a Sorel Classics concert recording of pianist Anna Shelest performing works by Anton Rubinstein with TŌN and conductor Neeme Järvi. Upcoming albums include a second release with Piers Lane on Hyperion Records in the summer of 2020. Recordings of TŌN’s live concerts from the Fisher Center can be heard on Classical WMHT-FM and WWFM The Classical Network, and are featured regularly on Performance Today, broadcast nationwide. In 2019, the orchestra’s performance with Vadim Repin was live-streamed on The Violin Channel.

For upcoming activities and more detailed information about the musicians, visit theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975. He was the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003–11 and is now conductor laureate. In 2018, he assumed artistic directorship of Campus Grafenegg and Grafenegg Academy in Austria. Mr. Botstein is also a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the globe, has made numerous recordings, and is a prolific author and music historian. He is editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly and has received many honors for his contributions to music. More info online at LeonBotstein.com.

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