Performances Continue at Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Featuring the Premieres of Joachim Raff’s Psalm 130: De Profundis and Lera Auerbach’s De Profundis, and the NY Premiere of Morton Feldman’s Orchestra

Guests Include Violinist Vadim Repin, Soprano Elizabeth de Trejo, & Pianist Alessandro Taverna

Plus Concerts at The Fisher Center at Bard College and a Free Concert at Hudson Hall

New York, NY, March 7, 2019 — The Orchestra Now (TŌN) begins its spring season at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 pm. The concert will present works by Brahms and Grieg with pianist Alessandro Taverna led by distinguished guest conductor Fabio Luisi, music director of the Zurich Opera and principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The season continues through May 19, 2019.

Highlights include the second performance of the 2018-19 season at Carnegie Hall, marked by the New York City premieres of Joachim Raff’s Psalm 130: De Profundis and Lera Auerbach’s De Profundis—performed by world-renowned violinist Vadim Repin—in a program offering settings of Psalm 130 by four different composers, on May 2 (the U.S. premieres of these works will be performed in April at Bard College’s Fisher Center). And at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, TŌN will give the New York premiere of Morton Feldman’s lesser-known early orchestral work, Orchestra, on May 19.

Additional details for TŌN’s spring performances are included below.

In addition to acclaimed guest conductor Fabio Luisi, the concluding concert in this season’s Rose Theater series features award-winning Italian pianist Alessandro Taverna, whose artistic life was the subject of a documentary shown on BBC-4 TV.

Fabio Luisi Conducts Brahms’ Second Symphony
Tuesday March 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Fabio Luisi, conductor
Alessandro Taverna, piano
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Tickets starting at $25 may be purchased online at jazz.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or in person at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office on the ground floor of the Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th Street.

CARNEGIE HALL SERIES, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The final concert in TŌN’s Carnegie Hall season showcases the New York City premieres of Joachim Raff’s Psalm 130: De Profundis and Lera Auerbach’s De Profundis (Violin Concerto No. 3) with internationally acclaimed violinist Vadim Repin, as well as EMI recording artist, soprano Elizabeth de Trejo.

This exploration of Psalm 130—which reads “Out of the depths, Oh Lord, have I cried unto Thee”—features works by two women composers, Lera Auerbach and Lili Boulanger. Russian-born poet and composer Lera Auerbach’s version was originally commissioned by the Trans-Siberian Art Festival for founder and artistic director Vadim Repin, who performs its American premiere at this concert. Lili Boulanger’s rendering, performed with soprano Elizabeth de Trejo, reveals a sophisticated toolkit of compositional skills for such a young artist. Composed at the early age of 22, the piece is dedicated to the memory of Boulanger’s father. Her tragic life was cut short only a year later.

Also on the program are an a cappella choral interpretation of De Profundis by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Virgil Thomson, written in 1921 while he was still a student at Harvard, and Joachim Raff’s rarely-heard masterpiece, which was written for soprano, eight-part choir, and orchestra. Dedicated to Franz Liszt, it is often viewed as a reconciliation offering to the famous pianist/composer, with whom Raff had a sometimes-contentious relationship.

De Profundis: Out of the Depths
Thursday May 2, 2019 at 7 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Vadim Repin, violin
Elizabeth de Trejo, soprano
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, choral director
A co-presentation with the Trans-Siberian Art Festival
Virgil Thomson: De Profundis
Joachim Raff: Psalm 130: De Profundis (NYC Premiere*)
Lera Auerbach: De Profundis (Violin Concerto No. 3) (NYC Premiere*)
Lili Boulanger: Psalm 130: Du fond de l’abîme (De Profundis)

*U.S. Premieres will be performed on April 27 at Bard College’s Fisher Center.

Tickets, starting at $25, may be purchased online at carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800, or in person at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th and Seventh.

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The final performance this season of TŌN’s frequently sold-out Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art features the New York premiere of Feldman’s Orchestra in a program titled Abstraction in Music & Art. TŌN, together with conductor and music historian Leon Botstein, will explore the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts in a discussion accompanied by on-screen artworks and musical excerpts performed by the Orchestra. A full performance and audience Q&A follows.

Painters have often been inspired by music as the ultimate abstract art form. One of the early abstract painters, Kandinsky, was so moved by music that he attempted to compose himself. Musical abstraction started with the radical modernist Anton Webern, who freed the form from the conventions of late Romanticism. At the height of the movement’s popularity in America, experimental composer Morton Feldman mirrored Kandinsky and took his inspiration from abstract visual art. One of his lesser-known early orchestral works, Orchestra, receives its New York premiere at this performance.

The concert is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera, on view at The Met Breuer.

Abstraction in Music & Art
Sunday May 19, 2019 at 2 pm
Webern’s Six Pieces for Orchestra, Feldman’s Orchestra (NY Premiere), and the artwork of the Abstract Expressionists

Tickets start at $30, bring the kids for $1. Tickets are available online at metmuseum.org/sightandsound, by calling The Met at 212.570.3949, or in person at The Great Hall Box Office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 5th Ave and 82nd St.

The Orchestra Now’s residency at Bard College’s Fisher Center completes the 2018-19 season with two programs led by music director Leon Botstein. The first concert offers a performance of Verdi’s much-loved Requiem with members of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, the Bard College Chamber Singers, and the Bard Festival Chorale (April 6-7). The second program—De Profundis: Out of the Depths—is highlighted by the U.S. premieres of works by Joachim Raff and Lera Auerbach, with renowned violinist Vadim Repin and soprano Elizabeth de Trejo (April 27-28). See the Carnegie Hall May 2 listing for more information on this program.

Verdi’s Requiem
Saturday April 6, 2019 at 8 pm
Sunday April 7, 2019 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Margaret Tigue, soprano
Chloë Schaaf, mezzo-soprano
Wei Wu, bass
Verdi: Requiem
Members of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, the Bard College Chamber Singers, and the Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, choral director

De Profundis: Out of the Depths
Saturday April 27, 2019 at 8 pm
Sunday April 28, 2019 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Vadim Repin, violin
Elizabeth de Trejo, soprano
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, choral director
A co-presentation with the Trans-Siberian Art Festival
Virgil Thomson: De Profundis
Joachim Raff: Psalm 130: De Profundis (U.S. Premiere)
Lera Auerbach: De Profundis (Violin Concerto No. 3) (U.S. Premiere)
Lili Boulanger: Psalm 130: Du fond de l’abîme (De Profundis)

This concert will be repeated at Carnegie Hall on May 2.

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

The final performances this season in TŌN’s series of free concerts at multiple venues in New York City and the Hudson Valley will feature Schubert’s Fifth Symphony led by TŌN’s associate conductor, James Bagwell, and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony led by TŌN’s resident conductor, Zachary Schwartzman. These popular concerts provide families with an opportunity to attend their first orchestral performance and expose a new generation to classical music.

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony
Saturday April 13, 2019 at 2 pm at Olin Hall at Bard College
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Todd Crow, piano
Louis Spohr: Overture, Op. 12
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Schubert’s Fifth Symphony
Sunday April 14, 2019 at 3 pm at Hudson Hall
James Bagwell, conductor
Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio Overture
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga: Symphony in D
Schubert: Symphony No. 5

Tickets: These concerts are FREE. For concerts at Hudson Hall, RSVPs can be made at hudsonhall.org, or by calling 518.822.1438. For concerts at Olin Hall, no RSVP or tickets are necessary.

The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of over 60 vibrant young musicians from 15 different countries around the globe: the United States, Bulgaria, China, France, Hungary, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Peru, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Venezuela. All share a mission to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences. Hand-picked from hundreds of applicants 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 not only rousing audiences with their critically acclaimed performances, but also enlightening curious minds by presenting on-stage introductions and demonstrations at concerts, offering program notes written from the musicians’ perspective, and connecting with patrons through one-on-one discussions during intermissions. To date, members of TŌN have earned positions with orchestras across the United States and in Europe. Some play regularly with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony.

Conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein founded TŌN in 2015 as a master’s degree program at Bard College, where he also serves as president. The Orchestra is in residence at Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, offering multiple concerts there each season as well as participating in the annual Bard Music Festival. The Orchestra also performs numerous concert series at major venues in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a schedule of free performances across New York City boroughs. TŌN has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Fabio Luisi, Neeme Järvi, Gerard Schwarz, and JoAnn Falletta.

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 2003–2011 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 the 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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