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! 

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Virgil Thomson’s De Profundis

This Tuesday we offer two audio flashbacks from our April 2019 concert De Profundis. The first is Virgil Thomson‘s choral setting of Psalm 130, performed a cappella by the Bard Festival Chorale, conducted by James Bagwell. The text is below the video, and you can read the concert notes, written by TŌN trumpet player Guillermo García Cuesta, by clicking here.

Out of the deep have I called unto Thee, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice:
O, let Thine ear consider well
the voice of my complaint.

If Thou, Lord, wilt be extreme
to mark what is done amiss,
O, Lord who may abide it?
For there is mercy with Thee,
therefore, shalt Thou be feared.

I look for the Lord,
my soul doth wait for Him.
In His word is my trust.
My soul fleeth after the Lord
before the morning watch,
I say before the morning watch.

O, Israel, trust in the Lord,
for with Him there is mercy,
And with Him is plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from all his sins.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade with viola & cello

On August 5, 2020, musicians from The Orchestra Now performed for a physically distanced audience outside of Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY as part of TŌN’s “Sunset Serenade” series.

Leonardo Vásquez Chacón viola
Kelly Knox cello

“La Contamanina”
Peruvian folk song
arranged by Leonardo Vásquez Chacón

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Buried Alive

For the next week you can stream a sneak peek of our new album BURIED ALIVE, available Friday, August 21 on Bridge Records. (Pre-order your copy now at https://bit.ly/3aHrgxd.) Recorded live at the Fisher Center at Bard this past November, the album features The Orchestra Now with conductor Leon Botstein performing three works written during the years 1926-1928: Othmar Schoeck‘s stunning 45-minute song cycle Lebendig begraben (Buried Alive), with baritone Michael NagyArthur Honegger‘s wildly colorful Rugby, and Dimitri Mitropoulos‘ rarely heard Concerto Grosso.

TŌN IN: Woodkid’s “Brooklyn” performed on harp, flute & viola

Three musicians from The Orchestra Now—harpist Emily Melendes, flutist Leanna Ginsburg, and violist Larissa Mapua—got together from their respective homes to perform a cover of the song “Brooklyn” by Woodkid.

Ginsburg says: Emily, Larissa, and I were supposed to perform Debussy’s Trio Sonata this spring. We had just had our first rehearsal right before everything was shut down. I was so excited to be playing with these incredible female musicians, so it was quite a disappointment to have that taken away. ⁣Now we are in different locations, but I wanted to put together something that would commemorate our missed performance. The song is about being separated from loved ones and longing for the place where they are, which I felt was relevant to this time. ⁣I’ll leave you with my favorite line from the song: “Life is easier where we can join our hands.” ⁣

TŌN on the Radio: Performance Today

We’re back on the public radio show Performance Today this Wednesday with our performance of Bruckner‘s Romantic 4th Symphony under the baton of guest conductor Gerard Schwarz. You can stream the episode online for the next 30 days by clicking here, or tune in to Classical WMHT-FM 89.1/88.7 tonight at 8 PM. You can read the concert notes, written by former TŌN horn player Ethan Brozka, by clicking here.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini

Our Audio Flashback this Tuesday is Tchaikovsky’s symphonic fantasia on Dante’s Inferno. In Francesca da Rimini we hear the title character and her lover descend into the circles of Hell, tossed about violently in a whirling storm of souls. Tchaikovsky was initially interested in creating an opera around this story, but the orchestral work he composed instead was an instant success. This performance was recorded at the Fisher Center at Bard in February 2019 under the baton of Leon Botstein. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN cellist Sarah Schoeffler, by clicking here.

TŌN on the Radio: Performance Today

Hear our performance of Beethoven‘s “The Consecration of the House” Overture, airing Monday on Performance Today, broadcast on public radio nationwide. Stream online for the next 30 days by clicking here or listen tonight at 8 PM on WMHT 89.1/88.7 FM. Read the concert notes, written by former TŌN violinist Tianpei Ai, by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade with Viola & Trumpet

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN musicians performed for a physically distanced audience at Opus 40 Sculpture Park on July 26, 2020.

Bach Cello Suite No. 3
VII. Gigue
Sean Flynn viola

Theo Charlier Études transcendantes
No. 2: Du Style
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Oh, the joy! Given everything that’s going on in the world right now, we hope you’ll find it soothing to take an hour to luxuriate in one of the greatest symphonies of all time, Beethoven‘s Ninth. This performance was recorded in October 2017 at the Fisher Center at Bard, and features conductor Leon Botstein, soprano Chloé Olivia Moore, mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz, tenor John Pickle, bass-baritone Alfred Walker, the Bard College Chamber Singers, and the Bard Festival Chorale.

TŌN on the Radio: Performance Today

Hear our performance of the 4th movement of Dohnányi‘s Symphony No. 2 on today’s episode of Performance Today, airing on public radio nationwide. Stream it online for the next 30 days by clicking here, or listen tonight at 8 PM on WMHT FM 89.1/88.7. Read the concert notes, written by former TŌN clarinetist Elias Rodriguez, by clicking here.