STAY TŌNED—VIDEO FLASHBACKS

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments

Composer Igor Stravinsky was born 139 years ago this month in Oranienbaum, Russia. Today we share our April performance of his Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, with conductor Leon Botstein and pianist Blair McMillen, which Stravinsky wrote in the early 1920s while living in France. In his notes on the piece, TŌN bass trombonist Jack E. Noble looks at why the composer chose the combination of piano and wind instruments for this concerto. “In an interview following the opening concerts Stravinsky expressed that ‘Strings and piano, a sound scraped and a sound struck, do not sound well together; piano and wind, sounds struck and blown, do.’ This is a noteworthy deviation from the norm which Stravinsky uses to highlight certain characteristics of sound. In particular, the percussive articulation of the piano stands out against the sustain of the winds.” You can read Jack’s full concert notes on the concerto by clicking here.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Grażyna Bacewicz’s Concerto for String Orchestra

Grażyna Bacewicz‘s Concerto for String Orchestra premiered in Warsaw 71 years ago this week. We performed the piece with conductor Zachary Schwartzman in a physically-distanced, livestreamed concert from the Fisher Center at Bard on October 17, 2020. In his notes on the piece, TŌN violist Sean Flynn says the Concerto “is considered to be the composer’s finest work” and that it is “accessible to even a first-time listener while still holding many surprises and ear-catching moments.” Noting that the composer’s background as an accomplished violinist allowed her to write very technical string parts, he says “Bacewicz asks a lot of the players of this piece . . . mak[ing] for an intense but endlessly exciting playing experience, but I am sure that this intensity and excitement will be felt by listeners as well.” You can read his full concert notes on the work by clicking here.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: A Chat with Tania León

In honor of her recent Pulitzer Prize win for the piece “Stride,” we are pleased to present this encore presentation of our April 8, 2021 Zoom discussion with composer, conductor, and educator Tania León. She chatted with composer and musicologist Sebastian Danila and musicians from The Orchestra Now (TŌN) about her career and her Pulitzer Prize-nominated work “Ácana,” which TŌN performed on April 10, 2021.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Grieg’s Holberg Suite (From Holberg’s Time)

Watch our February performance of the Holberg Suite (From Holberg’s Time) by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, who was born 178 years ago today. We performed the work with conductor James Bagwell in a physically-distanced livestreamed concert from the Fisher Center at Bard. In her notes on the piece, TŌN violinist Misty Drake says that the genesis of this work came when “Grieg was asked to compose festival music for the 200th anniversary of prominent Norwegian-Danish playwright Ludvig Holberg.” The music “engages in various meters and rhythms to blend Norwegian folksongs with classic Baroque dances. Definitely written with twirling and toe-tapping in mind! A year after the premiere, the Holberg Suite was rewritten for a string orchestra.” You can read Misty’s full concert notes on the work by clicking here.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: R. Strauss’ Metamorphosen

We’re pleased to share our performance of Metamorphosen by Richard Strauss, who was born 157 years ago this week. Strauss wrote the piece in the final days of Nazi rule and sought to convey the meaning of how World War II had dramatically transformed humanity. It is constructed in a unique format for 23 solo strings—each of which has a part that is unique from all the others—that blend together to form an overwhelmingly rich texture. We performed the piece with conductor Leon Botstein for a livestream from the Fisher Center at Bard on November 1, 2020. You can read the concert notes, written by TŌN violinist Bram Margoles, by clicking here.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Haydn’s Symphony No. 48, Maria Theresa

Enjoy TŌN’s performance of Haydn‘s Symphony No. 48, Maria Theresa, with conductor Leon Botstein, presented in a livestreamed, physically distanced concert from the Fisher Center at Bard on November 14, 2020. In his concert notes on the piece, TŌN cellist Pecos Singer says this symphony “hails from Haydn’s so-called Sturm und Drang (‘storm and stress’) period. The term appropriately describes the stormy quality just beneath the surface of the music. This can be heard best in the development of the first movement, certain episodes in the fourth movement, and the Trio section of the Minuet.” You can read his full notes on the piece by clicking here.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Silvestre Revueltas: Cuauhnáhuac

This summer, The Orchestra Now is pleased to release videos from our livestreamed, physically distanced concerts this past season. First up is Cuauhnáhuac by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, which premiered 88 years ago this week. We performed the work on November 1, 2020 with conductor Leon Botstein. In her concert notes on the piece, TŌN violist Katelyn Hoag says “Cuauhnáhuac is a fascinating fusion that uniquely blends pre-Colombian musical techniques with those of European modernists Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky to create a distinctly modern Mexican sound.” You can read her 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.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

TŌN is pleased to continue to share new videos with our audiences every Thursday. Today we’re bringing you Bartók‘s vivacious The Miraculous Mandarin Suite. We performed the piece in December 2019 with conductor Tan Dun at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. You can read the concert notes, written by former TŌN horn player William Loveless VI, by clicking here.

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!

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.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: 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.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: 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.

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: 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.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: 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.

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: 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.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: 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.

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VIDEO FLASHBACK: 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.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

This Thursday’s video feature is a flashback to our December 2016 performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov‘s Scheherazade with conductor JoAnn Falletta. Former TŌN violinist Holly Nelson introduces the piece at the top of the video, and you can read the concert notes, written by former TŌN violinist Grace Choi, by clicking here.

0:00 Introduction by Holly Nelson violin 
2:57 The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship 
12:56 The Legend of the Kalendar Prince 

25:19 The Young Prince and The Young Princess 
36:11 Festival at Baghdad—The Sea—The Shipwreck 

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

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

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

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.

Video Flashback: Nielsen’s Aladdin Suite

This week for your listening pleasure, enjoy our 2016 performance of Carl Nielsen‘s Aladdin Suite, performed with conductor JoAnn Falletta at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts at Lehman College in the Bronx on December 18, 2016.

Carl Nielsen Aladdin Suite
with remarks from TŌN violinist Lili Sarayrah
JoAnn Falletta conductor
>Concert notes by TŌN cellist Jinn Shin

Video Flashback: De Profundis: Out of the Depths

Watch our April 2019 concert De Profundis: Out of the Depths.

World-renowned violinist Vadim Repin joined TŌN for this musical exploration of Psalm 130, which reads “Out of the depths, Oh Lord, have I cried unto Thee.” Repin performed the U.S. premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Violin Concerto No. 3, De Profundis. Lili Boulanger’s rendering of the psalm, performed with soprano Elizabeth de Trejo, is dedicated to the memory of her father and was composed at the early age of 22, just one year before her death. Also on the program are an a cappella choral interpretation by Pulitzer Prize winner Virgil Thomson, and the U.S. premiere of Joachim Raff’s setting for soprano, eight-part choir, and orchestra, which he dedicated to his former colleague, Franz Liszt.

Scroll down for program details and the video of the concert.

0:36 Virgil Thomson De Profundis
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell Director
>Concert notes by TŌN trumpet player Guillermo García Cuesta

4:39 Introductory remarks from TŌN bassoonist Adam Romey
12:56 Joachim Raff Psalm 130: De Profundis (U.S. Premiere)
Elizabeth de Trejo soprano
Bard Festival Chorale
Leon Botstein conductor
>Concert notes by TŌN horn player Emily Buehler

42:26 Introductory remarks from TŌN violinist Drew Youmans
48:55 Lera Auerbach De Profundis (Violin Concerto No. 3) (U.S. Premiere)
Vadim Repin violin
Leon Botstein conductor
>A poem by Lera Auerbach

1:25:20 Introductory remarks from TŌN trumpet player Anita Tóth
1:29:20 Lili Boulanger Psalm 130: Du fond de l’abîme (De Profundis)
Elizabeth de Trejo soprano
Leon Botstein conductor
>Concert notes by TŌN clarinetist Rodrigo Orviz Pevida