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! 

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

TŌN is pleased to continue to share new videos with our audiences every Thursday. Today we’re bringing you Bartók‘s vivacious The Miraculous Mandarin Suite. We performed the piece in December 2019 with conductor Tan Dun at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. You can read the concert notes, written by former TŌN horn player William Loveless VI, by clicking here.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 8

This week’s audio flashback is our performance of the 8th String Symphony of composer Felix Mendelssohn, who was born 212 years ago this week. Believe it or not, Mendelssohn wrote this string symphony when he was just 13 years old! He seems to have particularly valued this symphony because he immediately made a slightly different version for full orchestra. We performed the piece with conductor Leon Botstein this past September in an outdoor tent (hence the background sounds!) as part of the Out of the Silence festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. You can read the concert notes by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Saturday Serenade—More Brass Quintet Works

This Thursday we’re sharing more video from our performance at Beattie-Powers Place in Catskill, NY last September. Brass musicians from The Orchestra Now performed works by Duke Ellington, Paul Dukas, and others. Scroll down below the video for program info and timings.

0:19 Paul Dukas La Péri Fanfare

2:33 Victor Ewald Brass Quintet No. 1
I. Moderato – Più mosso
II. Adagio non troppo lento—Allegro vivace—Tempo I. Adagio
III. Allegro moderato

15:44 Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood

18:34 Howard Cable A Newfoundland Sketch

Emily Buehler horn
Samuel Exline trumpet
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet
David Kidd trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

AUDIO FLASHBACK: R. Strauss’ Metamorphosen

For this week’s Audio Flashback we’re sharing our performance last fall of Richard Strauss‘ Metamorphosen, which premiered 75 years ago this week. Strauss wrote the piece in the final days of Nazi rule and sought to convey the meaning of how World War II had dramatically transformed humanity. It is constructed in a unique format for 23 solo strings—each of which has a part that is unique from all the others—that blend together to form an overwhelmingly rich texture. We performed the piece with conductor Leon Botstein for a livestream from the Fisher Center at Bard on November 1, 2020. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN violinist Bram Margoles, by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Saturday Serenade—Brass Quintet works

This Thursday’s video release features four works for brass quintet performed by members of The Orchestra Now at Beattie-Powers Place in Catskill, NY last September. Scroll down below the video for program info and timings.

0:19 Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer Three Pieces for brass
I. Maestoso alla marcia
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro gracioso

5:26 Daniel Speer Die Bankelsangerlieder (The Song of the Bench Singers)

8:07 Tielman Susato Renaissance Dances

16:04 John Cheetham Scherzo

Steven Harmon horn
Anita Tóth trumpet
Maggie Tsan-Jung Wei trumpet
Ian Striedter trombone
Jack E. Noble bass trombone

AUDIO FLASHBACK: William Grant Still’s Out of the Silence

This week’s Audio Flashback is William Grant Still‘s meditative Out of the Silence. Still, the first African-American to have a symphony performed by a major U.S. orchestra, wrote this work as part of Seven Traceries, a set of mystical piano pieces intended as musical portraits of God, which were subsequently orchestrated by the composer. The Orchestra Now performed this piece outdoors (hence the crickets you will hear in the background!) with conductor James Bagwell last September, opening the Out of the Silence festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. 

Music From Home: Introduction, Cadenza & Rondo from Parish Alvars’ Grand Fantasia, Op. 57

For this Thursday’s video feature we check in with TŌN harp player Taylor Ann Fleshman, who performs the Introduction, Cadenza & Rondo from the Grand Fantasia of English-born harpist and composer Elias Parish Alvars.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Jessie Montgomery’s Strum

This Tuesday’s Audio Flashback is the recent work Strum by Jessie Montgomery. Montgomery’s music has been recognized with the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award, and her current commissions include works for the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall. The Washington Post has called her music “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life.” The Orchestra Now performed Strum with conductor Andrés Rivas as part of last September’s Out of the Silence festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. You can read the concert notes, written by Christopher H. Gibbs, Artistic Codirector of the Bard Music Festival, by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Autumn Harmonies—A Harvest of Sound

As we move in to 2021, we will continue to share video with you every Thursday of performances by members of The Orchestra Now. Today we’re pleased to share video from a private performance this past October at Peaceful Windhorse Farm in Clermont, NY. Members of TŌN perform short works by Mozart, Dukas, Duke Ellington, and others. Scroll down below the video for program info and timings.

0:23 Paul Dukas La Péri Fanfare
2:56 Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood
6:26 Oskar Böhme Brass Sextet
Emily Buehler horn
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet
Samuel Exline trumpet
Anita Tóth trumpet
David Kidd trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

25:23 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola No. 1
I. Allegro
III. Rondo: Allegro
Bram Margoles violin
Katelyn Hoag viola

36:26 Louis Spohr Duo Concertante for 2 Violins, Op. 67 No. 2
I. Allegro
42:43 Jay Ungar (arr. Drake & Oswald) Ashokan Farewell
Misty Drake violin
Nicole Oswald violin

46:25 Heinrich Sutermeister Capriccio for solo clarinet
Viktor Tóth clarinet

53:39 Giovanni Gabrieli Canzona per Sonare No. 4
56:11 Howard Cable A Newfoundland Sketch
Emily Buehler horn
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet
Samuel Exline trumpet
Anita Tóth trumpet
David Kidd trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

AUDIO FLASHBACK: George Walker’s Lyric for Strings

For our first Audio Flashback of 2021 we offer the elegiac Lyric for Strings by George Walker. Walker was the first African-American winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Fanfare magazine called him “one of the greatest composers of our time.” The Orchestra Now performed this piece with conductor James Bagwell as part of last September’s Out of the Silence festival, presented with the Bard Music Festival and the Fisher Center at Bard. You can read the concert notes, written by Christopher H. Gibbs, Artistic Codirector of the Bard Music Festival, by clicking here.