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! 

AUDIO FLASHBACK: R. Strauss’ Four Songs, Op. 27

Our second Audio Flashback this Tuesday is the Op. 27 of Richard Strauss, Four Songs. Strauss originally wrote these songs for his wife, the soprano Pauline de Ahna, and gave them to her as a gift on their wedding day. We performed the work with soprano Paulina Swierczek and conductor Leon Botstein at the Fisher Center at Bard in September 2019. Read the concert notes, written by TŌN violinist Gaia Mariani Ramsdell, by clicking here.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1

Today’s first Audio Flashback is our 2018 performance of Carl Maria von Weber‘s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 with soloist Elias Rodriguez TŌN ’18, winner of the orchestra’s 2017 Concerto Competition. Rodriguez calls this piece “a passionate journey with a protagonist who is at first sorrowful and suffering; then the epitome of innocence and beauty; and finally the joker, playful and exciting.” The work’s composer was born in Eutin, Oldenburg, Germany 234 years ago this Wednesday. We performed the concerto with conductor Leon Botstein at the Fisher Center at Bard on February 17, 2018. You can read Rodriguez’s concert notes by clicking here.

TŌN on the Radio: Performance Today

You can hear our February performance of Beethoven‘s The Consecration of the House Overture (one of the last pieces we performed before lockdown!) on today’s episode of Performance Today, aired on public radio nationwide. Stream the episode online for the next 30 days at bit.ly/PT111720, or listen tonight at 8 PM on WMHT 89.1/88.7 FM (wmht.org/claassical). You can read the concert notes, written by former TŌN violinist Tianpei Ai, by clicking here.

TŌN on the Radio: Performance Today

Today’s episode of Performance Today, aired on public radio nationwide, features TŌN’s performance of Modest Mussorgsky‘s Night on Bald Mountain with conductor Leon Botstein. Stream it online at bit.ly/PT111320, or tune in to WMHT 89.1/88.7 FM tonight at 8 PM. Read the concert notes, written by former TŌN violist Omar Shelly, at theorchestranow.org/mussorgskys-night-on-bald-mountain.

TŌN IN: Out of the Silence—Program Three

This Throwback Thursday, revisit the third program from our recent series Out of the Silence, presented with the Bard Music Festival, the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the Fisher Center at Bard. In this video, TŌN’s assistant conductor, Andrés Rivas, leads the Adagio trágico by Roque Cordero; resident conductor Zachary Schwartzman conducts Four Novelettes by Anglo-African late-Romantic composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; and music director Leon Botstein conducts the Serenade for Strings of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who was the subject of the 1998 Bard Music Festival.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Eugene Goossens’ Jubilee Variations

As we head in to Veterans’ Day in the United States, we offer a unique composition with a distinctly American sound written by eleven American composers. In celebration of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary in 1945, conductor and composer Eugene Goossens wrote a theme and finale, and invited ten other composers—including Aaron Copland, William Schuman, Walter Piston, and Roy Harris—to write variations. TŌN gave the NY premiere of this rarely-performed work at the Fisher Center at Bard two years ago this week under the baton of Gerard Schwarz. You can read brief concert notes by clicking here.

Theme: Goossens 0:00
Variation 1: Paul Creston 00:42
Variation 2: Aaron Copland 1:49
Variation 3: Deems Taylor 3:11
Variation 4: Howard Hanson 5:42
Variation 5: William Schuman 7:41
Variation 6: Walter Piston 9:37
Variation 7: Roy Harris 11:20
Variation 8: Anis Fuleihan 14:00
Variation 9: Bernard Rogers 16:03
Variation 10: Ernest Bloch 18:16
Finale: Goossens 20:22

TŌN IN: Handel & Strauss

Last Sunday, TŌN’s music director, Leon Botstein, led the orchestra in a streaming concert that paired three works from the early 20th Century—including R. Strauss‘ elegiac Metamorphosen, written in the final months of WWII—with Handel‘s baroque Water Music Suite, composed for one of King George I’s royal water parties that took place on the River Thames on 7.17.1717. Scroll down below the video for basic program info and timings, or click here to read the full concert program.

0:43 Introductory remarks by TŌN horn player Emily Buehler
4:50 George Frideric Handel Water Music Suite No. 1
Read concert notes by TŌN oboist Shawn Hutchison by clicking here.

39:32 Introductory remarks by TŌN clarinetist Viktor Tóth
42:24 Arnold Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No. 1
Read concert notes by TŌN clarinetist Matthew Griffith by clicking here.

1:05:06 Introductory remarks by TŌN bassist Kaden Henderson
1:07:44 Silvestre Revueltas Cuauhnáhuac
Read concert notes by TŌN violist Katelyn Hoag by clicking here.

1:25:17 Introductory remarks by TŌN cellist Sarah Schoeffler
1:27:02 Richard Strauss Metamorphosen
Read concert notes by TŌN violinist Bram Margoles by clicking here.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Copland’s Lincoln Portrait

This Election Day we offer our 2018 performance of Aaron Copland‘s Lincoln Portrait, with narrator Mx Justin Vivian Bond and conductor Leon Botstein. Composed in his distinct Americana style, and using themes from “On Springfield Mountain” and “Camptown Races,” Copland put together text in which he quotes different documents and speeches by Abraham Lincoln, including the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the Gettysburg Address. May this music help serve as a reminder of what makes this democracy so great.

You can read the concert notes, written by former TŌN flutist Matthew Ross, by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade at Opus 40

This Throwback Thursday, revisit our Sunset Serenade concert from September 23, when brass musicians from The Orchestra Now performed short pieces at Opus 40 sculpture park in Saugerties, NY for a physically distanced audience. Enjoy music by BachShostakovich, Dukas, and several others.

View the video by clicking here.
View the concert information by clicking here.

AUDIO FLASHBACK: Dohnányi’s Symphony No. 2

Our second Audio Flashback today is the Second Symphony of Hungarian composer Ernő Dohnányi. Written in the midst of the Second World War, this work alternates between a defeated man’s longing for death, and the desire to live, even through strife. Leon Botstein conducted TŌN’s performance of this symphony in the spring of 2017 at the Fisher Center at Bard. Read the concert notes, written by former TŌN clarinetist Elias Rodriguez, by clicking here.