Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, November 21, 2019Tan Dun, world-renowned composer, conductor, and Dean of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, will take the podium for the opening concert of The Orchestra Now’s Rose Theater series at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Dec. 15, 2019. The program will be highlighted by the U.S. premiere of Dun’s 2018 Violin Concerto: Rhapsody and Fantasia featuring the award-winning Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, who recently premiered Dun’s Fire Ritual – A Musical Ritual for Victims of War with the Oslo Philharmonic. Hemsing is also the subject of the upcoming documentary Forte directed by David Donnelly, focusing on women in the arts. Other works on the concert include Stravinsky’s Fireworks, Debussy’s Rhapsody for Clarinet with Hungarian soloist and TŌN musician Viktor Tóth; and Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin Suite.

Also in December, TŌN presents Honeggger, Vallotton & the Avant-Garde in Paris, the second installment of its popular Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in which conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts (Dec. 8, 2019).

Sight & Sound Series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Honegger, Vallotton & the Avant-Garde in Paris
Sunday December 8, 2019 at 2 PM
Composer Arthur Honegger and painter Félix Vallotton were both Swiss nationals who spent the larger part of their careers in Paris, where they became part of the avant-garde scene in music (Le Six) and art (Les Nabis). Both explored the intersection of tradition and modernism. Honegger’s first symphony mirrors the magnetism of Paris in the 1920s, and this event marks the work’s first NYC performance in 58 years. All presentations in this series offer a discussion accompanied by musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now, with on-screen artworks followed by a full performance and audience Q&A.

Leon Botstein, conductor
Honegger: Symphony No. 1*
The Artwork of Félix Vallotton
*First NYC performance in 58 years

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 26, 2020

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

TŌN Rose Theater Series
Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Tan Dun Conducts Stravinsky, Debussy & Bartók
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3 PM
Tan Dun, conductor
Eldbjørg Hemsing, violin
Viktor Tóth, clarinet
Stravinsky: Fireworks
Tan Dun: Violin Concerto: Rhapsody and Fantasia (U.S. Premiere)
Debussy: Rhapsody for Clarinet
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

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

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

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

Tan Dun
A world-renowned artist and UNESCO Global Goodwill Ambassador, Tan Dun is a winner of the Grammy, Academy, Grawemeyer, and Shostakovich Awards; the Bach Prize; and most recently Italy’s Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement. His current season includes leading the Orchestre National de Lyon in a five-city China tour, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in a four-city tour of Switzerland and Belgium, as well as engagements with Oslo Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, where he was recently named Artistic Ambassador. Mr. Dun currently serves as the Honorary Artistic Director of the China National Symphony Orchestra. Next season, he will conduct the English Chamber Orchestra in their tour to China. He has led the world’s most esteemed orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, , Metropolitan Opera, BBC Symphony, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras; the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, and the Filarmonica della Scala; among many others.

Press Contacts
Pascal Nadon
Pascal Nadon Communications
Phone: 646.234.7088

Mark Primoff
Associate Vice President of Communications
Bard College
Phone: 845.758.7412

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