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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.

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

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Stravinsky’s Fireworks

Before you watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks, enjoy Stravinsky‘s Fireworks! The Orchestra Now performed this 1908 work last December with conductor Tan Dun at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN violist Lucas Goodman, by clicking here.

All of us at TŌN wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2021!

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

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Debussy’s Rhapsody for Clarinet

This week we’re revisiting our performance of Claude Debussy’s Rhapsody for Clarinet, with TŌN’s very own Viktor Tóth as the soloist. We performed this work with conductor Tan Dun one year ago this week at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN clarinetist Ye Hu, by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Out of the Silence—Program Four

This Throwback Thursday, revisit the final program from our September series Out of the Silence, presented with the Bard Music Festival, the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the Fisher Center at Bard. Led by TŌN’s music director, Leon Botstein, this concert features Duke Ellington‘s Solitude and Sophisticated Lady; Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges‘ Symphonie concertante in G Major, with violinists Cyrus Beroukhim and Philip Payton; and Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta by Béla Bartók, who was the subject of the 1995 Bard Music Festival.

TŌN IN: Haydn’s Maria Theresa

On November 14, TŌN’s music director Leon Botstein, and assistant conductor, Andrés Rivas, led the orchestra in a streaming concert from the Fisher Center at Bard that featured three 20th-century works that all premiered in the U.S.—including the rarely heard Scherzi musicali of African American composer Ulysses Kay, who taught at Lehman College in the Bronx for twenty years—along with Haydn‘s regal Maria Theresa Symphony, performed for the Holy Roman Empress in 1773. Scroll down below the video for basic program info and timings, or click here to read the full concert program.

0:40 Introductory remarks by TŌN violinist Jacques Gadway
4:35 Edgard Varèse Hyperprism
Leon Botstein conductor
Read concert notes by TŌN horn player Steven Harmon by clicking here.

9:44 Introductory remarks by TŌN trumpet player Guillermo García Cuesta
14:05 Paul Hindemith Concert Music for Piano, Brass, and Harps
Leon Botstein conductor
Blair McMillen piano
Read concert notes by TŌN tuba player Jarrod Briley by clicking here.

40:13 Introductory remarks by TŌN cellist Kelly Knox
43:28 Ulysses Kay Scherzi musicali
Andrés Rivas conductor
Read concert notes by TŌN horn player Ser Konvalin by clicking here.

1:05:02 Introductory remarks by TŌN violinist Dillon Robb
1:07:56 Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 48, Maria Theresa
Leon Botstein conductor
Read concert notes by TŌN cellist Pecos Singer by clicking here.

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 at Old Dutch Church

This Throwback Thursday, revisit our Sunset Serenade concert from late September, when woodwind musicians from The Orchestra Now performed short pieces outside of Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY for a physically distanced audience. Enjoy music by Claude Debussy, Georg Philipp Telemann, and others, performed on flute, oboe, and clarinet.

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

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.

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.

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.

TŌN IN: Concertos for Strings

Last Saturday, TŌN’s resident conductor, Zachary Schwartzman, led the orchestra in a streaming concert featuring 20th-Century concertos and other works for string orchestra by Polish composers Grażyna Bacewicz and Witold Lutosławski, Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů, and Brazilian composer M. Camargo Guarnieri. Scroll down below the video for basic program info and timings, or click here to read the full concert program.

0:44 Introductory remarks by TŌN violist Larissa Mapua
3:31 Witold Lutosławski Overture for Strings
(With apologies that the first eight seconds of audio is missing)
Read concert notes by TŌN cellist Cameron Collins by clicking here.

9:02 Introductory remarks by TŌN violist Lucas Goodman
11:30 Bohuslav Martinů Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano, and Timpani
Read concert notes by TŌN violinist Esther Goldy Roestan by clicking here.

34:08 Introductory remarks by TŌN violinist Gaia Mariani Ramsdell
36:30 Grażyna Bacewicz Concerto for String Orchestra
(With apologies that the first twenty seconds of audio is missing)
Read concert notes by TŌN violist Sean Flynn by clicking here.

52:01 Introductory remarks by TŌN violist Leonardo Vásquez Chacón
54:55 M. Camargo Guarnieri Concerto for String Orchestra and Percussion
Read concert notes by TŌN percussionist Charles Gillette by clicking here.

TŌN IN: Out of the Silence—Program Two

This Throwback Thursday, revisit the second 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 Jessie Montgomery’s Strum; associate conductor James Bagwell conducts Alvin Singleton’s After Choice; resident conductor Zachary Schwartzman leads Adolphus Hailstork’s Sonata da Chiesa; and music director Leon Botstein conducts the Serenade for Strings by Antonín Dvořák, who was the subject of the 1993 Bard Music Festival.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade at Old Dutch Church

This Throwback Thursday, revisit our Sunset Serenade concert from four weeks ago, when woodwind musicians from The Orchestra Now performed short pieces outside of Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY for a physically distanced audience. Enjoy music by Benjamin Britten, César Vivanco Sanchez, and several others, performed on flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon.

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

TŌN IN: Out of the Silence—Program One

This Throwback Thursday, revisit the opening 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 associate conductor, James Bagwell, leads the elegiac Lyric for Strings by George Walker, the first African-American winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Then Music Director Leon Botstein conducts the exuberant String Symphony No. 8 by Felix Mendelssohn, who was the subject of the Bard Music Festival’s second season in 1991.

TŌN IN: Sunset Serenade on Flute

As part of The Orchestra Now’s “Sunset Serenade” series, TŌN flutist Rebecca Tutunick performed César Vivanco Sanchez’s Fantasía Andina 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

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.

Music From Home: Gavotte en Rondeau from Bach’s Violin Partita No. 3

We’re back with more Bach! In this video from home, TŌN musician Esther Goldy Roestan performs the Gavotte en Rondeau movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Partita No. 3.

Music From Home: Bourrée I & II from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 on double bass

Brighten your day with a little Bach! In this video from home, TŌN musician Joshua DePoint performs the Bourrée I & II movements of Johann Sebastian Bach‘s Cello Suite No. 4 on double bass.

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: 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 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.

May 28—Bach: Virtual Universality

Join us on Zoom next Thursday, May 28, at 7 PM for BACH: VIRTUAL UNIVERSALITY. Conductor James Bagwell, organist Renée Anne Louprette, and musicians from The Orchestra Now perform two Bach chorales—one from St. John Passion and the other from St. Matthew Passion—and answer your questions in a live Q&A. Register to join at tinyurl.com/bach528.

Facebook Watch Party 5/21

THURSDAY at 7: Join us on Facebook to watch our 2018 concert De Profundis, featuring violinist Vadim Repin, soprano Elizabeth de Trejo, and the Bard Festival Chorale, conducted by Leon Botstein and James Bagwell. Live chat with TŌN musicians while you watch! facebook.com/TheOrchNow

The Sanctuary Concert Project

This Sunday afternoon, musicians from The Orchestra Now are producing The Sanctuary Concert Project, benefiting the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement‘s Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund. Stream online May 17 at 1 PM Eastern on the project’s Facebook Page, and donate at sanctuarycolumbiacounty.org.

Opportunity Music Project’s Honors Orchestra

This past week, TŌN hosted NYC’s Opportunity Music Project (OMP) Honors Orchestra in a day of online activities, ranging from TŌNer-led small-group coachings, to discussions on music’s ability to bring people together. Some of our third-year TŌN musicians fulfill their Teaching Artist credit by working with these talented young OMP players. Here’s a video from our culminating Bach-Breakdown Dance Party!

Bach-Breakdown Dance Party

This past week, TŌN hosted NYC's Opportunity Music Project (OMP) Honors Orchestra in a day of online activities, ranging from TŌNer-led small-group coachings, to discussions on music's ability to bring people together. Some of our third-year TŌN musicians fulfill their Teaching Artist credit by working with these talented young OMP players. Here’s a video from our culminating Bach-Breakdown Dance Party!#bardmusicconnects

Posted by The Orchestra Now on Thursday, April 23, 2020

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!

Tune In: OurConcerts.live

TŌN faculty Bridget Kibbey joins Emanuel Ax, Jon Kimura Parker, J’Nai Bridges, Rachel Barton Pine, Anthony McGill and others for a virtual concert benefiting Artist Relief Tree this Saturday, April 4 at 8 PM Eastern. Tickets are available at OurConcerts.live, with contributions beginning at $5.

Bard Music Connects

Join us at Bard Music Connects, a home for online initiatives and content created by all the musicians at Bard College, including, but not limited to, the Conservatory, the Music Program and The Orchestra Now.
As we all find a way to navigate these strange times, let’s do it together—and with music.

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