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! 

Meet the Musicians of TŌN: Dillon Robb

A few months back we got to chat with TŌN violinist Dillon Robb. He talked about his origins on the violin, what he loves about the camaraderie with his fellow musicians, and how he secretly wishes he was a raver!

Concert Notes and Music for May 9–10

This weekend we were to have performed Mahler‘s 2nd Symphony, Resurrection, with the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, vocal soloists from Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, the Bard College Chamber Singers, and the Bard Festival Chorale. While we can’t play the music for you live, we are happy to share the concert notes, written by TŌN musicians Jarrod Briley and Pecos Singer, and a video of the symphony as performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Enjoy both at

TŌN on the Radio: Performance Today

Today we’re back on Performance Today with the Hamlet Overture composed by Brahms‘ favorite violinist, Joseph Joachim. Listen tonight at 8 on WMHT -FM, or stream online. Read the concert notes, written by former TŌN horn player Ethan Brozka, by clicking here.

Music From Home: Regina Brady

TŌN oboist Regina Brady played the world premiere of a movement of COVID OBOE VIOLA OVID for oboe and viola with her partner, Jonah Sirota (who is also the composer!), in tonight’s episode of Living Music with Nadia Sirota.

Living Music: Pirate Radio Edition Episode 15

Episode 15 of Living Music: Pirate Radio Edition — Tune in for a classics-inspired world premiere! Mai Tais! A pregnant cockroach! LITERAL GLENN KOTCHE! SIBLINGS!! It’s all tonight at 9pm eastern. Whip yourself up something fruity, garnish garishly, and watch with friends! Starring Jonah Sirota, Regina Brady, Du Yun and Glenn Kotche! More info at

Posted by Living Music with Nadia Sirota on Thursday, May 7, 2020

TŌN on the Radio: Performance Today

Hear The Orchestra Now play the first movement of Edward Elgar‘s Symphony No. 1 on Performance Today. Stream online for the next 30 days at Read the concert notes by former TŌN bassoonist Adam Romey at

Video Flashback: Shostakovich, Michelangelo & The Artistic Conscience

In the hit series Sight & Sound at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now explore the parallels between music and art. Now you can enjoy our 2018 performance of Shostakovich’s “Suite on Verses of Michelangelo” with baritone Tyler Duncan, which was live streamed on Facebook. Scroll down for more details, below the video.

Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now (TŌN) explore Shostakovich’s “Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti” and works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer.” Recorded live at The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 11, 2018.
Tyler Duncan, baritone

Introduction 1:29
Remarks by Carmen C. Bambach, curator of the exhibition “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” 1:57
Discussion & Excerpts with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now 3:51
Review of artworks from the exhibition “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” 37:43
Performance of Shostakovich’s “Suite on Verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti” 46:05
Truth 47:43
Morning 52:03
Love 54:46
Separation 58:20
Anger 1:00:39
Dante 1:02:37
To the Exile 1:06:04
Creativity 1:10:45
Night 1:13:24
Death 1:17:54
Immortality 1:22:10
Q&A with the Audience 1:27:17

Dmitri Shostakovich
Born: 9/25/1906 in St. Petersburg
Died: 8/9/1975 at age 68 in Moscow

Written: 1974, at age 67

Premiered: 10/12/1975 at the Moscow Conservatory Bolshoi Hall in Moscow; USSR Radio and Television Orchestra; Maxim Shostakovich, conductor

Music From Home: Denis Savelyev

TŌN flutist Denis Savelyev performs Lili Boulanger‘s Nocturne with pianist Markus Kaitila

Music From Home: TŌN flutist Denis Savelyev performs Lili Boulanger's "Nocturne" with pianist Markus Kaitila

Posted by The Orchestra Now on Monday, May 4, 2020

Audio Flashback: Glière’s Symphony No. 3, Ilya Muromets

Make some time this weekend to enjoy the epic Ilya Muromets symphony of composer Reinhold Glière, who studied with Rimsky-Korsakov and taught Prokofiev. Muromets is a famous folk hero of ancient Kievan Rus’, and this massive, multi-movement tone poem follows his gripping story. Read all about it in the concert notes, written by TŌN flutist Denis Savelyev, by clicking here.

This performance was recorded live at the Fisher Center at Bard on December 12, 2018, conducted by TŌN music director Leon Botstein.

Concert Notes and Music for April 30

Tonight was to have been our 12th concert at Carnegie Hall, “Into the Wilderness,” a musical expedition featuring two French mountain treks, and Vaughan Williams’ 7th Symphony, inspired by music he wrote for the film Scott of the Antarctic. Though we can’t perform for you live, you can click here to read the concert notes written by our talented musicians, and listen to the music as performed by other ensembles.

TŌN Courses: Marin Alsop webinar

Many thanks to the brilliant Marin Alsop, who spoke with our musicians yesterday, talking quite a bit about what the future of classical music might look like coming out of the current pandemic. We can’t wait til we’re able to spend time with her in person!