STAY TŌNED—TŌN IN—NEW VIDEO RELEASES

TŌN IN: Shostakovich & Dawson

In this September 12, 2021 performance livestreamed from the Fisher Center at Bard, Leon Botstein conducts William L. Dawson’s distinctive and emotionally charged Negro Folk Symphony and Shostakovich’s enormous and patriotic 7th Symphony, Leningrad, written largely after the composer had fled the city following the German invasion during WWII.

Read the full concert program by clicking here.

Scroll down below the video for timings and concert notes.

1:00 Introductory remarks by TŌN violist Sean Flynn
6:57 William L. Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony
Read concert notes by TŌN bassist Tristen Jarvis by clicking here.

44:19 Introductory remarks by TŌN flutist Leanna Ginsburg
50:50 Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Leningrad
Read concert notes by TŌN violist Celia Daggy by clicking here.

Meet the Musicians of TŌN: Bassist Tristen Jarvis

We recently sat down with TŌN bassist Tristen Jarvis who talked to us about his transition from sports to music, his love of Respighi’s Pines of Rome, and how he loves learning how to be his own teacher as a member of The Orchestra Now.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Witold Lutosławski’s Overture for Strings

Watch our October 2020 performance of Witold Lutosławski‘s Overture for Strings, conducted by Zachary Schwartzman. In his concert notes on the work, TŌN cellist Cameron Collins calls the overture “quite an interesting piece. After his first symphony, Lutosławski was reportedly unhappy with his own approach to the way he used pitches to create his melodies and harmonies. This forced him to start searching for a new ‘sound language,’ and the Overture for Strings was his first symphonic work in this process.” You can read his complete notes by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Flute

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN flutist Brendan Dooley performed Georg Philipp Telemann’s Fantasia No. 3 for a physically distanced audience at Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY on September 24, 2020. Watch the full concert by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on French Horn

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN horn player Ser Konvalin performed the world premiere of Nikea Randolph’s Seeking Every Resolution for a physically distanced audience at Opus 40 Sculpture Park in Saugerties, NY on September 23, 2020. Watch the full concert by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Oboe

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN oboist Jasper Igusa performed Mary Chandler’s Summer’s Lease for a physically distanced audience at Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY on September 11, 2020. Watch the full concert by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Bassoon

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN bassoonist Philip McNaughton performed the first two movements of Susan Kander’s The Lunch Counter for a physically distanced audience at Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY on September 11, 2020. Watch the full concert by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Oboe

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN oboist Shawn Hutchison performed the first four movements from Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for a physically distanced audience at Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY on September 11, 2020. Watch the full concert by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Augusta Read Thomas’ Silent Moon

For this Thursday’s video feature we check in with TŌN violinist Bram Margoles and violist Katelyn Hoag, who perform Augusta Read ThomasSilent Moon.

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

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

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

TŌN IN: Chamber Performances—Fall 2020

This holiday season we’d love to share with you some recent chamber performances presented by the musicians of The Orchestra Now. Enjoy short works by Mozart, Ravel, Duke Ellington, and others. We hope this music helps to brighten your holiday as we head in to a hopeful new year. Scroll down below the video for program info and timings.

0:19 Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F major
IV. Vif et agité
Yada Lee violin
Esther Goldy Roestan violin
Celia Daggy viola
Lucas Button cello

5:52 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Oboe Quartet in F major
I. Allegro
Shawn Hutchison oboe
Yada Lee violin
Larissa Mapua viola
Sarah Schoeffler cello

12:52 Arcady Dubensky Concerto Grosso for Three Trombones and Tuba
I. Prelude, II. Toccata, III. Fugue
Ian Striedter tenor trombone
David Kidd tenor trombone
Jack E. Noble bass trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

19:52 Paul Dukas (arr. Wayne Barrington) La Péri Fanfare
22:08 Howard Cable A Newfoundland Sketch
26:06 Duke Ellington (arr. Jack Gale) In a Sentimental Mood
Samuel Exline trumpet
Guillermo García Cuesta trumpet
Emily Buehler horn
David Kidd tenor trombone
Jarrod Briley tuba

A Thanksgiving Treat: Ashokan Farewell

We would like to wish all of our patrons a very happy Thanksgiving! Please enjoy this short video of TŌN violinists Misty Drake and Nicole Oswald performing their own arrangement of Jay Ungar‘s Ashokan Farewell for a physically distanced audience at Peaceful Windhorse Farm in Clermont, NY on October 24, 2020.

The Orchestra Now has much to be grateful for as we enter the season of thanks. Our musicians have safely completed another semester and have embraced any opportunity to make music together. But most of all, we are thankful for our audiences of music lovers like you, who joined us for virtual concerts and live outdoor performances across the Hudson Valley over the past several months. Thank you for showing your enthusiasm for our efforts. We are delighted to make music happen in any capacity we can and will continue to share our digital offerings with you through the coming months.  We look forward to welcoming you to a concert when it is safe again to do so!

From all of us at The Orchestra Now, thank you!

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.

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.

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

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

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Clarinet

This week’s Thursday video release is from our “Sunset Serenade” series. TŌN clarinetist Viktor Tóth performed the clarinet solo from Act III of Verdi‘s La forza del destino for a physically distanced audience under the train trestle at the New Ulster Marina in Kingston, NY on July 16, 2020.

TŌN-ality: Emily Melendes

Our summer video series TŌN-ality continues with harpist Emily Melendes, who recently finished her third year in The Orchestra Now and will be receiving a Master of Music degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. In this video Emily speaks with us about how many instruments she plays (spoiler alert: four!), discusses how the harp works, and performs Jacques de la Presle‘s Le jardin Mouillé.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade with Oboe and Flute

This week’s Thursday video release is from the kick off of our “Sunset Serenade” series. TŌN musicians performed for a physically distanced audience behind the Saugerties Public Library on July 11, 2020.

Benjamin Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
III. Niobe
Shawn Hutchison oboe

Pierre-Octave Ferroud Jade
Leanna Ginsburg flute

TŌN-ality: James Kim

Our summer video series TŌN-ality kicks off with a spotlight on oboe player James Kim, who recently finished his third year in The Orchestra Now and will be receiving a Master of Music degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. James talks with us about a memorable TŌN performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto, discusses what adjustments he had to make as a musician after his son was born, and performs C. P. E. Bach’s Flute Sonata in A minor.

TŌN IN: Live From the Woods

TŌN violinist Weiqiao Wu created “Live From the Woods” as his Capstone Project in his final year with The Orchestra Now. Joined by TŌN violinist Dillon Robb, the pair connected their love for nature and music by performing works by Sibelius, Martinů, Spohr, and Schubert in a natural acoustic venue provided by their friends Tim and Greg. Recorded on May 16, 2020.

Learn more about Weiqiao at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u1aGhkAb38
Learn more about Dillon at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp5wQaf9LbE

TŌN IN: The Sanctuary Concert Project

On May 17, 2020, several musicians from The Orchestra Now organized a concert of chamber music benefiting the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement‘s Mano a Mano Mutual Aid Fund, which directly provides aid to immigrant families affected by the pandemic. The concert features works written by Rebecca Clarke, Pierre-Octave Ferroud, Olivier Messiaen, Steven Stucky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Willson Osborne, Francisco Mignone, Gabriel Fauré, Malcolm Arnold, Luciano Berio, Lera Auerbach, and Franz Schubert. You can view the concert program by clicking here.

The musicians encourage viewers to to research immigrant aid organizations in their areas and support them if possible.
Donate to the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement by clicking here.
Visit The Sanctuary Concert Project Facebook page by clicking here.

A Tribute to our Heroes: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica

The Orchestra Now pays tribute to our heroes, the front line workers keeping our communities safe and healthy, with a special at-home performance from Beethoven‘s “Heroic” Symphony No. 3.

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!

Video Flashback: 2019 China Now Music Festival

Today Bard Music Connects and the Bard College Conservatory of Music are looking back at the 2019 China Now Festival, presented by the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory. Watch TŌN’s performance at Stanford University below.

Bard High School Early College’s Dean’s Hour

On Wednesday, four TŌN musicians took part in Bard High School Early College‘s Dean’s Hour. Cellist Pecos Singer, flutist Matt Ross, clarinetist Viktor Toth, and oboist Regina Brady performed short pieces by Bach, Mozart, Copland, and Britten, and answered students’ questions. Watch the video to hear the music and see what they had to say!

Meet the Musicians of TŌN: Emily Buehler

Before we were social distancing, we sat down with TŌN French Horn player Emily Buehler. She talked about how she moved from cello to euphonium to French Horn, the mix of different types of music she gets to perform in TŌN, and why she thinks it’s exciting that our musicians get to connect directly with audience members.