STAY TŌNED

Concerts may be cancelled, but you can’t stop the music! 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 live for you again, but in the meantime, Stay TŌNed! 

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.

UPSTREAMING: Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette

This week’s edition of Fisher Center at Bard’s UPSTREAMING includes our 2017 performance of Hector Berlioz‘s dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette. Listen online at bit.ly/3hq6bJS.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, The Great

This Tuesday’s Audio Flashback is our performance of Schubert‘s Great 9th Symphony with conductor Hans Graf at the Fisher Center at Bard this past fall. Schubert’s 9th wasn’t heard until 11 years after his death! It was discovered at his brother’s house by Robert Schumann, and the premiere was conducted by Felix Mendelssohn. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN horn player Emily Buehler, by clicking here.

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

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Gershwin’s “An American in Paris”

To celebrate Bastille Day, today we’re listening back to our performance of George Gershwin‘s An American in Paris, recorded with conductor James Bagwell at the Fisher Center at Bard in February 2018. Gershwin began writing this piece during his trip to Paris, and he was so inspired by the Parisian taxi horns that he handpicked several horns to bring back to the U.S. for the New York City premiere at Carnegie Hall. Read the concert notes, written by former TŌN oboist Regina Brady, by clicking here.

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 on the Radio: Performance Today

The program Performance Today, aired on public radio nationwide, is featuring TŌN’s performance of Arthur Honegger‘s Rugby today, July 8. You can stream the program online through August 8 by clicking here, or tune in to WMHT-FM 89.1/88.7 tonight at 8 PM. Read the concert notes, written by TŌN bassist Kaden Henderson, by clicking here.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Mahler’s Symphony No. 7

Gustav Mahler was born 160 years ago today, in 1860. We mark this 7/7 with our performance of Mahler’s 7th Symphony, conducted by Leon Botstein at the Fisher Center at Bard in February 2018. Mahler allegedly completed most of the symphony in just four weeks, during one of the happiest moments of his life and career. But by the time it premiered three years later, his life had turned upside-down. Read the concert notes by clicking here.

TŌN on the Radio: Performance Today

Hear our performance of Schubert‘s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Hans Graf, on “Performance Today,” broadcast on public radio nationwide. Stream online through August 2, or listen on WMHT-FM 89.1/88.7 at 8 PM on Thursday, July 2. Read the concert notes, written by TŌN horn player Emily Buehler, by clicking here.

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