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

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

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

This Thursday’s video feature is a flashback to our December 2016 performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov‘s Scheherazade with conductor JoAnn Falletta. Former TŌN violinist Holly Nelson introduces the piece at the top of the video, and you can read the concert notes, written by former TŌN violinist Grace Choi, by clicking here.

0:00 Introduction by Holly Nelson violin 
2:57 The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship 
12:56 The Legend of the Kalendar Prince 

25:19 The Young Prince and The Young Princess 
36:11 Festival at Baghdad—The Sea—The Shipwreck 

Audio Flashback: William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony

This Tuesday’s audio flashback is our 2018 performance of the First Symphony of African American composer William Grant Still, which he dubbed the Afro-American Symphony. Written in 1930, this was the first symphony by an African American composer to be performed by a major orchestra in the United States. Still said that in writing the piece, he sought to portray “the sons of the soil, who still retain so many of the traits peculiar to their African forebears.” You can read more of Still’s notes on the symphony by clicking here.

The Orchestra Now remains committed to the fight against racial injustice, and stands in solidarity with black communities.

Audio Flashback: Ives’ Decoration Day

We’re releasing a live concert recording every Tuesday, and today we offer Charles IvesDecoration Day, based on the composer’s childhood memories of the Memorial Day celebrations in his hometown. Listen below and read the concert notes, written by former TŌN percussionist William Kaufman, by clicking here.

Audio Flashback: Lera Auerbach’s Violin Concerto No. 3, De Profundis

Starting today, we are thrilled to release a live concert recording from our archives every Tuesday! Today we offer the U.S. premiere of Lera Auerbach‘s Violin Concerto No. 3, De Profundis, performed with soloist Vadim Repin.

Music From Home: Anita Tóth

. . . and one for Mahler! The great composer passed away on this day in 1911. TŌN musician Anita Tóth plays an excerpt from his third symphony along the banks of the Hudson River.


Posted by Tóth Anita on Monday, May 18, 2020

Meet the Musicians of TŌN: Dillon Robb

A few months back we got to chat with TŌN violinist Dillon Robb. He talked about his origins on the violin, what he loves about the camaraderie with his fellow musicians, and how he secretly wishes he was a raver!

Music From Home: Regina Brady

TŌN oboist Regina Brady played the world premiere of a movement of COVID OBOE VIOLA OVID for oboe and viola with her partner, Jonah Sirota (who is also the composer!), in tonight’s episode of Living Music with Nadia Sirota.

Living Music: Pirate Radio Edition Episode 15

Episode 15 of Living Music: Pirate Radio Edition — Tune in for a classics-inspired world premiere! Mai Tais! A pregnant cockroach! LITERAL GLENN KOTCHE! SIBLINGS!! It’s all tonight at 9pm eastern. Whip yourself up something fruity, garnish garishly, and watch with friends! Starring Jonah Sirota, Regina Brady, Du Yun and Glenn Kotche! More info at

Posted by Living Music with Nadia Sirota on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Video Flashback: Shostakovich, Michelangelo & The Artistic Conscience

In the hit series Sight & Sound at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now explore the parallels between music and art. Now you can enjoy our 2018 performance of Shostakovich’s “Suite on Verses of Michelangelo” with baritone Tyler Duncan, which was live streamed on Facebook. Scroll down for more details, below the video.

Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now (TŌN) explore Shostakovich’s “Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti” and works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer.” Recorded live at The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 11, 2018.
Tyler Duncan, baritone

1:29 Introduction
1:57 Remarks by Carmen C. Bambach, curator of the exhibition “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”
3:51 Discussion & Excerpts with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now
37:43 Review of artworks from the exhibition “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”
46:05 Performance of Shostakovich’s “Suite on Verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti”
47:43 Truth
52:03 Morning
54:46 Love
58:20 Separation
1:00:39 Anger
1:02:37 Dante
1:06:04 To the Exile
1:10:45 Creativity
1:13:24 Night
1:17:54 Death
1:22:10 Immortality
1:27:17 Q&A with the Audience

Dmitri Shostakovich
Born: 9/25/1906 in St. Petersburg
Died: 8/9/1975 at age 68 in Moscow

Written: 1974, at age 67

Premiered: 10/12/1975 at the Moscow Conservatory Bolshoi Hall in Moscow; USSR Radio and Television Orchestra; Maxim Shostakovich, conductor

Music From Home: Denis Savelyev

TŌN flutist Denis Savelyev performs Lili Boulanger‘s Nocturne with pianist Markus Kaitila

Music From Home: TŌN flutist Denis Savelyev performs Lili Boulanger's "Nocturne" with pianist Markus Kaitila

Posted by The Orchestra Now on Monday, May 4, 2020

Audio Flashback: Glière’s Symphony No. 3, Ilya Muromets

Make some time this weekend to enjoy the epic Ilya Muromets symphony of composer Reinhold Glière, who studied with Rimsky-Korsakov and taught Prokofiev. Muromets is a famous folk hero of ancient Kievan Rus’, and this massive, multi-movement tone poem follows his gripping story. Read all about it in the concert notes, written by TŌN flutist Denis Savelyev, by clicking here.

This performance was recorded live at the Fisher Center at Bard on December 12, 2018, conducted by TŌN music director Leon Botstein.