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 IN: Sunset Serenade on Clarinet

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN musician Matthew Griffith performed Erland von Koch‘s Monologue No. 3 for Clarinet 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: Galina Ustvolskaya’s Symphonic Poem No. 1

Our second Audio Flashback today is Galina Ustvolskaya‘s Symphonic Poem No. 1, which we performed one year ago at the Fisher Center at Bard under the baton of Leon Bostein. Ustvolskaya learned composition from Shostakovich, and dedicated this piece to the workers who tilled the land of Kazakhstan. You can read the concert notes, written by former TŌN bassoonist Matthew Gregoire, by clicking here.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Frank Martin’s Six Monologues from “Jedermann”

Swiss composer Frank Martin was born 130 years ago today. We performed his Six Monologues from Jedermann three years ago with baritone Nathaniel Sullivan and conductor Leon Botstein at the Fisher Center at Bard. Click below to listen to the recording, and read the concert notes, written by former TŌN violist Scot Moore, by clicking here.

Five Livestreams This Week!

We have FIVE livestreams coming up for you this week! Join us for live music, an educational seminar, or both! All times listed are Eastern/New York.

TŌNteaches

Tue 9/15 at 3:30: TŌN’s Resident Conductor Zachary Schwartzman talks about music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Tchaikovsky that will be performed Saturday evening at Bard. https://bard.zoom.us/j/91731385139

Wed 9/16 at 3:30: Four TŌN wind musicians talk about the music they’ll be performing Saturday evening in Saugerties. Live on The Orchestra Now’s Facebook page, and at https://bard.zoom.us/j/96623158742

Thu 9/17 at 3:30: Three TŌN string players talk about the music they’re preparing for Saturday evening’s concert at Bard. https://bard.zoom.us/j/96623158742

Live Music

Sat 9/19 at 5:30: TŌN’s string musicians perform music by Roque Cordero, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in the third concert of the series “Out of the Silence”. Live on the Fisher Center at Bard’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. RSVP at http://bit.ly/oots-p3.

Sat 9/19 at 7:00: Four of TŌN’s wind musicians perform solo pieces behind the Saugerties Public Library as part of our “Sunset Serenade” series. Live on The Orchestra Now’s Facebook page. (This event has been cancelled.)

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Music From Home: Gavotte en Rondeau from Bach’s Violin Partita No. 3

We’re back with more Bach! In this video from home, TŌN musician Esther Goldy Roestan performs the Gavotte en Rondeau movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Partita No. 3.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3

This Tuesday we revisit our September 2017 performance of Tchaikovsky‘s Symphony No. 3, performed at the Fisher Center at Bard under the baton of Leon Botstein. This symphony is the least-performed of the several that Tchaikovsky wrote. It is occasionally referred to as the “Polish Symphony” due to the Polish dance influences in the rhythms of the final movement, marked as Tempo di polacca. However, musicologists agree that this is a misleading nickname; the symphony is most definitely Russian. 

Music From Home: Bourrée I & II from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 on double bass

Brighten your day with a little Bach! In this video from home, TŌN musician Joshua DePoint performs the Bourrée I & II movements of Johann Sebastian Bach‘s Cello Suite No. 4 on double bass.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, Romantic

Composer Anton Bruckner was born 196 years ago this Friday, and to celebrate we’re releasing our performance of his 4th Symphony, the Romantic. Bruckner is known for his amazing writing for brass instruments, and this symphony has plenty of that “heavy metal” while also encompassing a wide range of emotional, expressive content. This performance was led by maestro Gerard Schwarz at the Fisher Center at Bard in November 2017. You can read the concert notes, written by former TŌN horn player Ethan Brozka, by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Clarinet

This week’s Thursday video release is from our “Sunset Serenade” series. TŌN clarinetist Viktor Tóth performed an arrangement of the classic Fly Me to the Moon for a physically distanced audience behind the Saugerties Public Library in Saugerties, NY on August 1, 2020.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Lili Boulanger’s Psalm 130: Du fond de l’abîme (De Profundis)

Our second audio flashback today from our April 2019 concert De Profundis is Lili Boulanger‘s heart-wrenchingly beautiful setting of Psalm 130, Du fond de l’abîme. The composer, who was born 127 years ago this past Friday, wrote this piece while at the peak of a terrible pulmonary illness that would soon cut her life short at age 24. The Orchestra Now performed this work with conductor Leon Botstein, soprano Elizabeth de Trejo, tenor Sean Fallen, and the Bard Festival Chorale, who are under the direction of James Bagwell. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN clarinetist Rodrigo Orviz Pevida, by clicking here.