STAY TŌNED—VIDEO FLASHBACKS

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!

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.

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.

Introduction by Holly Nelson, violin 0:00
The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship 2:57
The Legend of the Kalendar Prince
12:56
The Young Prince and The Young Princess 25:19
Festival at Baghdad—The Sea—The Shipwreck
36:11

Watch Party: De Profundis

On Thursday, May 21, we hosted a watch party of our 2019 concert De Profundis on our Facebook page. This concert featured violinist Vadim Repin, soprano Elizabeth de Trejo, and the Bard Festival Chorale, conducted by Leon Botstein and James Bagwell. Viewers were able to chat live with TŌN musicians while they watched. You can re-watch the concert at https://www.facebook.com/watchparty/565302334423131/.

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

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. Click here to revisit the festival, then 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

Staying home and in need of some music? 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.

Virgil Thomson De Profundis
at timing mark 13:27 in the video
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell Director
>Concert notes by TŌN trumpet player Guillermo García Cuesta

Joachim Raff Psalm 130: De Profundis (U.S. Premiere)
with remarks from TŌN bassoonist Adam Romey
at timing mark 17:52 in the video
Elizabeth de Trejo soprano
Bard Festival Chorale
Leon Botstein conductor
>Concert notes by TŌN horn player Emily Buehler

Intermission

Lera Auerbach De Profundis (Violin Concerto No. 3) (U.S. Premiere)
with remarks from TŌN violinist Drew Youmans
at timing mark 1:18:11 in the video
Vadim Repin violin
Leon Botstein conductor
>A poem by Lera Auerbach

Lili Boulanger Psalm 130: Du fond de l’abîme (De Profundis)
with remarks from TŌN trumpet player Anita Tóth
at timing mark 2:00:46 in the video
Elizabeth de Trejo soprano
Leon Botstein conductor
>Concert notes by TŌN clarinetist Rodrigo Orviz Pevida

Concert begins at 13:27; Intermission ends at 1:18:11