THE ORCHESTRA NOW 2020 WINTER-SPRING SEASON

16 CONCERTS AT CARNEGIE HALL, THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, LINCOLN CENTER, PETER NORTON SYMPHONY SPACE, AND THE FISHER CENTER AT BARD
JANUARY 25 – MAY 17

U.S. Premiere of César Franck’s What You Hear on the Mountain
New York City Premieres of Cindy McTee’s Double Play and Leonard Slatkin’s Kinah
Three Free Concerts in Manhattan and Beyond

Guest Artists Feature Conductor Leonard Slatkin, Pianists Blair McMillen and Anna Polonsky,
and Soprano Diana Schwam

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, January 8, 2020 — The Orchestra Now (TŌN) continues its vibrant fifth anniversary, featuring 16 performances and 3 premieres at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Peter Norton Symphony Space, and the Fisher Center at Bard. The season will mark the presentation of more than 150 concerts since the Orchestra was founded in 2015.

TŌN’s enthusiastic winter-spring schedule kicks off as the Orchestra performs in The Sound of Spring, a Chinese New Year concert presented by the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music, China (Jan. 25 at the Fisher Center at Bard & Jan. 26 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater). This is followed by three February concerts: an all-Beethoven program at Bard College’s Fisher Center in tribute to the 250th anniversary of the great master’s birth with pianist Anna Polonsky, a recipient of the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Feb. 8-9); a FREE concert at Manhattan’s Symphony Space  led by TŌN’s resident conductor Zachary Schwartzman offering Ravel’s Boléro and Stravinsky’s Petrushka (Feb. 16); and the final installment this season of TŌN’s top-selling Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Haydn’s The Clock: The Intersection of Art & Technology (Feb. 23).

Notable premieres include the U.S. premiere of César Franck’s What You Hear on the Mountain—likely the very first symphonic poem in history—at the Fisher Center at Bard on April 25–26 (with the NYC premiere following at Carnegie Hall on April 30). The program will feature pianist Blair McMillen, a winner of Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Competition and faculty member of both Bard College Conservatory and the Mannes School of Music; and Filipino-American soprano Diana Schwam. On March 22, Grammy-winner Leonard Slatkin will guest conduct the NY City premiere of Kinah, an elegy he wrote for his parents, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. The afternoon will also include the NY City premiere of Cindy McTee’s Double Play, a work she dedicated to Slatkin.

An audience favorite will be the performance of Mahler’s massive Resurrection Symphony, featuring the combined forces of The Orchestra Now, the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, Bard College Chamber Singers and Bard Festival Chorale, led by conductor James Bagwell at the Fisher Center at Bard (May 9-10).

FREE concerts, in addition to the New York City Boléro & Petrushka performance at Peter Norton Symphony Space (Feb. 16), will include an afternoon led by associate conductor James Bagwell with the Bard Festival Chorale in a program of Mozart, Bach and Mendelssohn at Hudson Hall in Hudson, NY (Mar. 29); and a return to Symphony Space in Manhattan with conductor Zachary Schwartzman in works by Liszt and Bartók (May 17).

THE ORCHESTRA NOW 2020 WINTER-SPRING SCHEDULE

Special Event: The Sound of Spring
Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 7 PM at the Fisher Center at Bard, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Sun, Jan 26, 2020 at 3 PM at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Rose Theater
Presented by the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music, China
Celebrate Lunar New Year and look forward to spring with a lively concert of Chinese orchestral works performed by The Orchestra Now. Soloists from the Central Conservatory’s world-class faculty in traditional instruments will perform on Chinese percussion, erhu, pipa, sheng and suona.
Chen Bing, conductor (first half)
Jindong Cai, conductor (second half)
Wang Jianhua, percussion
Wang Lei, sheng
Yu Hongmei, erhu
Zhang Hongyan, pipa
Zhang WeiWei, suona
Ji Tian, Shaanxi folk singer

Tickets for the Jan 25 concert are priced at $20 and may be purchased online at fishercenter.bard.edu, by calling the Fisher Center at 845.758.7900, or at the Fisher Center box office in the lobby of Sosnoff Theater.

Tickets for the Jan 26 concert are priced at $25 and are available online at jazz.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office at Broadway & 60th, ground floor.

TŌN Fisher Center Series: Beethoven’s Eroica
Fisher Center at Bard, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 8 PM
Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Anna Polonsky, piano
Beethoven:
The Consecration of the House Overture
Piano Concerto No. 4
Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Tickets priced at $25–$35 may be purchased online at fishercenter.bard.edu, by calling the Fisher Center at 845.758.7900, or at the Fisher Center box office in the lobby of Sosnoff Theater.

TŌN Free Concerts Series: Boléro & Petrushka
Peter Norton Symphony Space, New York City
Sun, Feb 16, 2020 at 4 PM
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Messiaen: The Forgotten Offerings
Ravel: Boléro
Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947)

Tickets: Free concert, advance RSVP at theorchestranow.org is suggested.

TŌN Sight & Sound Series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Haydn’s The Clock: The Intersection of Art & Technology
Sun, Feb 23, 2020 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Haydn: Symphony No. 101, The Clock
Artwork about Technology from the exhibition Making Marvels

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 1, 2020

Tickets priced at $30–$50; Bring the Kids for $1. All tickets include same-day museum admission. Tickets may be purchased online at metmuseum.org/sightandsound, by calling The Met at 212.570.3949, or at The Great Hall box office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Special Event: Rest in Pieces
Fisher Center at Bard, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 3 PM
Presented by the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program
A special performance to celebrate the life of opera. At this one of a kind ceremony, the family and friends of Mozart, Strauss, Bizet, Copland, and Puccini will share their fondest memories, explore some of their deep-seated issues, and live out their secret dreams.
James Bagwell, conductor
Soloists from Bard Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program

Tickets priced at $15- 40  may be purchased online at fishercenter.bard.edu, by calling the Fisher Center at 845.758.7900, or at the Fisher Center box office in the lobby of Sosnoff Theater.

TŌN Rose Theater Series: Slatkin Conducts Rachmaninoff
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 3 PM

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Cindy McTee: Double Play (NYC Premiere)
Leonard Slatkin: Kinah (NYC Premiere)
Felix Slatkin: Fisher’s Hornpipe
Felix Slatkin: Wistful Haven
Felix Slatkin: Carmen’s Hoe-Down
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

Tickets priced at $25–$50 are available online at jazz.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office at Broadway & 60th, Ground Floor.

TŌN Free Concerts Series: Mozart, Bach & Mendelssohn
Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY
Sun, Mar 29, 2020 at 3 PM
James Bagwell
, conductor
Bard Festival Chorale
Soloists from Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program:
Margaret Tigue, soprano
Jardena Gertler-Jaffe, mezzo-soprano
Chuanyuan Liu, countertenor 
Maximillian Jansen, tenor
Wayne Paul, bass
Mozart: Regina Coeli, K. 276
Bach: Magnificat
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Scottish

Tickets: Free concert, advance RSVP at theorchestranow.org suggested.

TŌN Fisher Center Series: Into the Wilderness
Fisher Center at Bard, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Sat, Apr 25, 2020 at 8 PM
Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Blair McMillen, piano
Diana Schwam, soprano
Members of the Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, choral director
Franck: What You Hear on the Mountain (U.S. Premiere)
d’Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air*
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 7, Sinfonia Antartica*
*First NY performances in over 50 years

Tickets priced at $25–$35 may be purchased online at fishercenter.bard.edu, by calling the Fisher Center at 845.758.7900, or at the Fisher Center box office in the lobby of Sosnoff Theater.

TŌN Carnegie Hall Series: Into the Wilderness
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 7 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Blair McMillen, piano
Diana Schwam, soprano
Members of the Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, choral director
Franck: What You Hear on the Mountain (NYC Premiere)
d’Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air*
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 7, Sinfonia Antartica*
*First NYC performances in over 50 years

Tickets priced at $25–$60 are available online at carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800, or at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th & Seventh.

TŌN Fisher Center Series: Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony
Fisher Center at Bard, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Sat, May 9, 2020 at 8 PM
Sun, May 10, 2020 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard Conservatory Orchestra
Bard College Chamber Singers
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, choral director
Soloists from Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
A co-presentation with the Bard College Conservatory of Music

Tickets priced at $25–$35 may be purchased online at fishercenter.bard.edu, by calling the Fisher Center at 845.758.7900, or at the Fisher Center box office in the lobby of Sosnoff Theater.

TŌN Free Concerts Series: Liszt & Bartók
Peter Norton Symphony Space, New York City
Sun, May 17, 2020 at 4 PM
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Liszt: Les préludes
Kodály: Dances of Galánta
Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celeste

Tickets: Free concert, advance RSVP at theorchestranow.org suggested.

The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of 65 vibrant young musicians from 12 different countries across the globe: Bulgaria, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Peru, Taiwan, Ukraine, the U.K., and the U.S. All share a mission to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences by sharing their unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from the world’s leading conservatories—including The Juilliard School, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and the Curtis Institute of Music—the members of TŌN are enlightening curious minds by giving on-stage introductions and demonstrations, writing concert notes from the musicians’ perspective, and having one-on-one discussions with patrons during intermissions.

Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, whom The New York Times said “draws rich, expressive playing from the orchestra,” founded TŌN in 2015 as a graduate program at Bard College, where he is also president. TŌN offers both a three-year master’s degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies and a two-year advanced certificate in Orchestra Studies. The orchestra’s home base is the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center at Bard, where they perform multiple concerts each season and take part in the annual Bard Music Festival. They also perform regularly at the finest venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others across NYC and beyond. HuffPost, who has called TŌN’s performances “dramatic and intense,” praises these concerts as “an opportunity to see talented musicians early in their careers.”

The Orchestra has performed with many distinguished guest conductors and soloists, including Neeme Järvi, Vadim Repin, Fabio Luisi, Peter Serkin, Gerard Schwarz, Tan Dun, Zuill Bailey, and JoAnn Falletta. In the 2019–20 season, conductors Leonard Slatkin and Hans Graf will also lead TŌN performances. Recordings featuring The Orchestra Now include Ferdinand Ries piano concertos with Piers Lane on Hyperion Records, and a Sorel Classics concert recording of pianist Anna Shelest performing works by Anton Rubinstein with TŌN and conductor Neeme Järvi. Upcoming albums include a second release with Piers Lane on Hyperion Records in the spring of 2020. Recordings of TŌN’s live concerts from the Fisher Center can be heard on Classical WMHT-FM and WWFM The Classical Network, and are featured regularly on Performance Today, broadcast nationwide. In 2019, the orchestra’s performance with Vadim Repin was live-streamed on The Violin Channel.

For upcoming activities and more detailed information about the musicians, visit theorchestranow.org.

Leon Botstein
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975. He was the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 2003–11 and is now conductor laureate. In 2018, he assumed artistic directorship of Campus Grafenegg and Grafenegg Academy in Austria. Mr. Botstein is also a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the globe, has made numerous recordings, and is a prolific author and music historian. He is editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly and has received many honors for his contributions to music. More info online at LeonBotstein.com.

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