Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, February 26, 2021The Orchestra Now (TŌN) continues its spring 2021 season with two free concerts livestreamed from the Fisher Center at Bard, featuring assistant conductor Andrés Rivas on March 7, and resident conductor Zachary Schwartzman on March 20. Works on both concerts, ranging from rarely performed music for string orchestra to Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor, Arvo Pärt’s memorial for composer Benjamin Britten and Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite after Bizet’s beloved opera, will be prefaced with brief remarks by TŌN musicians.

On March 7, TŌN assistant conductor Andrés Rivas will lead the Orchestra in four works for string orchestra. English composer Bruce Montgomery used his talents in several genres. After starting out as a composer of choral and vocal music, he wrote a number of TV and film scores for the infamous British comedy series Carry On and authored a series of mystery novels under the pseudonym Edmund Crispin. His Concertino for String Orchestra will be performed as part of the program. American composer and cellist Victor Herbert, a founder of ASCAP, was primarily known for his many successful Broadway operettas, but also wrote a collection of seldom-heard orchestral works, including his Romantic five-movement Serenade for String Orchestra. In addition, the concert will offer Music for Strings by Swedish composer Ingvar Lidholm, who won the 1968 Salzburg Opera Prize for his TV opera Holländarn (“The Dutchman”); and the 1934 piece Impresión nocturna from award-winning Spanish composer and violinist Andrés Gaos, whose rarely heard works often have elements of popular music. Venezuelan conductor and violinist Andrés Rivas, given the baton by Gustavo Dudamel for a concert celebrating the 36th anniversary of El Sistema in Venezuela, will explore the program in a special Zoom seminar on Monday, March 1 at 7 PM.

On March 20, TŌN resident conductor Zachary Schwartzman will lead an arrangement of orchestral music from Bizet‘s classic opera Carmen by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin in advance of his 90th birthday in December 2022. Noted for his wide-ranging compositional style, Shchedrin’s works display components spanning the avant-garde and neo-Classicism as well as folk and jazz. His music for the Carmen Suite is a one-act ballet composed for his wife, a prima ballerina. The program will also feature Swiss composer Frank Martin’s most recognized work, Petite symphonie concertante; Arvo Pärt’s Cantus for string orchestra and bell, written in memory of composer Benjamin Britten, whom Pärt very much admired; and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Strings in G minor. Conductor and Grammy-nominated recording artist Zachary Schwartzman will offer musical insights on the concert in a Zoom seminar on Thursday, March 11 at 7 PM.

The next two concerts will take place on April 10 and May 1 and will be led by music director Leon Botstein.

Music for String Orchestra
Sunday, March 7 at 2 PM
Andrés Rivas, conductor
Bruce Montgomery: Concertino for String Orchestra
Andrés Gaos: Impresión nocturna
Victor Herbert: Serenade for String Orchestra
Ingvar Lidholm: Music for Strings

Access: Free concert, with a suggested donation of $15-35. RSVP here to receive a direct link to the livestream on the day of the concert. This concert will be available for delayed streaming on TŌN’s digital portal STAY TŌNED, starting on March 11. RSVP at this link to join the Zoom seminar on Monday, March 1 at 7 PM.

Carmen & Vivaldi
Saturday, March 20 at 8 PM
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV 156
Frank Martin: Petite symphonie concertante
Renée Anne Louprette, harpsichord
Frank Corliss, piano
Taylor Ann Fleshman TŌN ’22, harp
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite (after Bizet’s opera)

Access: Free concert, with a suggested donation of $15-35. RSVP here to receive a direct link to the livestream on the day of the concert. This concert will be available for delayed streaming on TŌN’s digital portal STAY TŌNED, starting on March 25. RSVP at this link to join the Zoom seminar on Thursday, March 11 at 7 PM.

Since March 2020, TŌN has presented more than 100 audio and video streams on STAY TŌNED, its new portal regrouping of all digital initiatives. Audio content is offered every Tuesday and videos every Thursday. The events feature weekly new and archived audio and video recordings that comprise recitals, chamber music, and symphonic programs, including collaborations with the Bard Music Festival that are also available on the Fisher Center at Bard’s virtual stage, UPSTREAMING. Much of the content is also available on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Bard College Covid-19 Measures and Safety
To adapt to current circumstances, Bard College created detailed protocols for testing and screening, daily monitoring of symptoms, contact tracing, quarantine practices, and physical distancing in the classroom and across the Bard campus. This includes specific protocols for musicians campus-wide in both its undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of 72 vibrant young musicians from 14 different countries across the globe: Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Peru, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, 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 Yale School of Music, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Academy of Music, and the Eastman School 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 it performs multiple concerts each season and takes part in the annual Bard Music Festival. It also performs 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 Hans Graf, Neeme Järvi, Vadim Repin, Fabio Luisi, Peter Serkin, Gerard Schwarz, Tan Dun, Zuill Bailey, and JoAnn Falletta. Recordings featuring The Orchestra Now include two albums of 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. Buried Alive with baritone Michael Nagy, released on Bridge Records in August 2020, includes the first recording in almost 60 years—and only the second recording ever—of Othmar Schoeck’s song-cycle Lebendig begraben. Upcoming releases include an album of piano concertos with Orion Weiss on Bridge Records. 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.

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