STAY TŌNED

The Orchestra Now is pleased to bring our audiences a variety of musical options that you can enjoy from home:

  • TŌN IN, new video releases including streaming concerts, performances from home, interviews, and more—New video releases every Thursday!
  • Flashbacks to past concerts through audio and video recordings—New audio flashback releases every Tuesday!
  • Videos of our musicians playing music at home, and creating fun collaborations with their friends and colleagues
  • Interview videos where you get to meet the musicians of TŌN
  • and more!!

We can’t wait to perform for a live audience in the concert hall again, but in the meantime, Stay TŌNed! 

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Hindemith’s Concert Music for Piano, Brass, and Harps

This week’s Audio Flashback is Paul Hindemith‘s Concert Music for Piano, Brass, and Harps. TŌN tuba player Jarrod Briley calls this piece “one of the hidden gems of Hindemith’s repertoire” and says, “of the many fantastic composers throughout classical music history, I can think of few who wrote as expressively and effectively for brass instruments as Paul Hindemith.” We performed this work with pianist Blair McMillen and conductor Leon Botstein in a physically distanced concert that was livestreamed from the Fisher Center at Bard in November 2020. You can read Jarrod Briley’s full concert notes on the music 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.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Alvin Singleton’s After Choice

This week’s Audio Flashback is After Choice by Brooklyn-born composer Alvin Singleton. In his concert notes, Bard music professor Kyle Gann says, “After Choice is Singleton’s tribute to a fellow important African American composer, Leroy Jenkins. Jenkins was a consummate improvising violinist in the free jazz world. Singleton has appropriated “licks” from Jenkins’ nimble playing style and juxtaposed them among the strings with pizzicato against bowed lines, in quite tricky rhythmic assemblages of unison septuplets and quintuplets. No more than two lines are heard at once, often doubled in octaves, and the recurring pitch sets aptly convey the contours of Jenkins’ frenetic fiddling. When a second violin solo cadenza appears just before the end (against the first violins), it’s as though Jenkins’s spirit makes a momentary appearance.”

TŌN performed this work with conductor James Bagwell on September 12, 2020 as part of the “Out of the Silence” festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. You can read Kyle Gann’s full concert notes 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.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

This week’s Audio Flashback is Béla Bartók‘s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, which we performed on September 26, 2020 with conductor Leon Botstein as part of the “Out of the Silence” festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival (BMF) and the Fisher Center at Bard. In his concert notes, BMF Artistic Codirector Christopher H. Gibbs says the work “integrates Bartók’s profound knowledge of Western musical tradition, immediately evident in the fugue that opens the piece, with his pathbreaking research of folk music, not limited to the region of his native Hungary but extending farther afield to North Africa.” You can read the full concert notes 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.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: William Grant Still’s Serenade

This week’s Audio Flashback is William Grant Still‘s Serenade. Still, often called the “Dean of African-American composers,” wrote this piece in 1957 on a commission by the Great Falls High School in Great Falls, Montana. The piece reflects his interest in American folk idioms, with conventional melodies and harmonies that nonetheless express a fresh and individual compositional voice. The Orchestra Now performed the work outdoors (hence the crickets you will hear in the background!) with conductor James Bagwell last September as part of the Out of the Silence festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. 

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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AUDIO FLASHBACK: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ Symphonie concertante in G Major, Op. 13

This week’s Audio Flashback is the Symphonie concertante in G Major, Op. 13 of 18th-Century composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. TŌN performed the piece with violinists Cyrus Beroukhim and Philip Payton and conductor Leon Botstein on September 26, 2020 as part of the “Out of the Silence” festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. The son of an enslaved woman and a plantation owner in the South Caribbean, Bologne led a fascinating life, excelling in both athletics and music. He was praised by future American president John Adams, and once lived in the same house as Mozart. You can read the concert notes, written by Christopher H. Gibbs, Artistic Codirector of the Bard Music Festival, 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.