THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) ANNOUNCES 2018-19 PERFORMANCE SEASON, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 - MAY 19, 2019
TŌN's Fourth Season to Present Five Concert Series at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Fisher Center at Bard College, and Free Concerts in New York City and Beyond
Guest Artists to Include Conductors Tan Dun and Fabio Luisi; Violinist Vadim Repin; Pianists Orion Weiss and Alessandro Taverna; Soprano Elizabeth de Trejo; and Baritone Michael Anthony McGee
Four U.S. Premieres: Tan Dun's Cello Concerto: Intercourse of Fire and Water, Stephen O'Malley's Un Vide dans le Ciel, Lera Auerbach's De Profundis (Violin Concerto No. 3), and Joachim Raff's De Profundis; Plus the New York Premiere of Morton Feldman's Work Orchestra
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, May 30, 2018 - The Orchestra Now (TŌN), the visionary orchestra and master's degree program founded in 2015 by Bard College president and conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, will open its fourth season on September 15, 2018. Five individual series and two special events will present 17 different programs offering innovative combinations of familiar and lesser-known repertoire through May 19, 2019. To date, the young members of TŌN have performed close to 100 concerts for more than 35,000 New Yorkers.
Highlights of the 2018-19 season include four U.S. premieres: Joachim Raff's De Profundis with soprano Elizabeth de Trejo and Lera Auerbach's De Profundis (Violin Concerto No. 3) with soloist Vadim Repin at Carnegie Hall on May 2, 2019 and at Bard College's Fisher Center on April 27 & 28, 2019; Stephen O'Malley's Un Vide dans le Ciel, to be performed at the 2018 Basilica Soundscape Music + Art Festival on September 15, 2018; and Tan Dun's Cello Concerto: Intercourse of Fire and Water at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on November 11, 2018. TŌN will also give the NY premiere of American abstract composer Morton Feldman's rarely-heard ensemble work Orchestra at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 19, 2019. In addition to Tan Dun, guest conductor Fabio Luisi will also take the podium at TŌN's Rose Theater series. The Zurich Opera music director and former Metropolitan Opera principal conductor will conduct Brahms' Symphony No. 2 and Grieg's Piano Concerto, performed by Italian pianist Alessandro Taverna. TŌN's primary conductors are music director Leon Botstein and associate conductor James Bagwell. The Fisher Center series at Bard College will offer programs ranging from Copland's Lincoln Portrait to evenings focused on the romantic heroes of Wagner and R. Strauss. The eminent Carnegie Hall series will include one evening featuring Lili Boulanger's De Profundis, a remarkable work by a composer whose extraordinary talents were never fulfilled due to her early death; and another program spotlighting the great Russian composers Rimsky-Korsakov and Glière. The top-selling Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will return with three performances exploring the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts, including a coupling of Mahler's Kindertotenliedersung by baritone Michael Anthony McGee, with the artworks of Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso. FREE concerts will be offered in New York City and beyond, including two at Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan: one with TŌN's associate conductor James Bagwell, and the other with TŌN's resident conductor Zachary Schwartzman. Bagwell will also lead two free concerts at Hudson Hall in Hudson, NY. The engaging programming of these performances is a great opportunity for families to experience their first orchestral performance and attract a new generation to the joys of classical music.
Two special events will offer the U.S. premiere of Stephen O'Malley's Un Vide dans le Ciel at the 2018 Basilica Soundscape Music + Art Festival and an all-Karol Rathaus program led by Leon Botstein, featuring the works of the European composer who was exiled by the Nazis at LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College on February 24, 2019. This concert is part of a Rathaus Festival organized by the Aaron Copland School of Music.
"I am particularly proud that our first class of 21 graduate students just completed their three-year TŌN training this season," said music director Leon Botstein. "It's exciting to see these talented young artists take the knowledge and newly polished skills of TŌN's Master's Degree Program out into the musical world at large. Some have already been asked to play with prestigious American orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony. Others are going on to fill seats in symphonies in Europe, are founding their own ensembles, or will pursue doctoral degrees. All of these activities fulfill the ultimate goal of TŌN, which is to support the crucial need for artists that inspire new audiences with a shared sense of adventure."
Additional highlights are the second season of the Orchestra's successful broadcast series on WMHT-FM, the NPR classical music radio station of upstate New York, featuring the programs of the Fisher Center series. Underscoring the quality of TŌN's performances, the Ensemble's first recording, Ferdinand Ries: Piano Concertos No. 8 & 9 with Piers Lane, was just released on the Hyperion label on April 27, 2018. The Orchestra's October 14, 2017 performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall of Anton Rubinstein's Piano Concerto No. 4 and Caprice Russe, with pianist Anna Shelest and conductor Neeme Järvi, will be released on Sorel Classics on July 6, 2018, distributed by Naxos. The Orchestra will also be performing in a celebration of Chinese composers, presented in partnership with the Beijing Conservatory, at Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall. More details on that concert will be announced at a later date.
This season TŌN welcomes a new class of 25 young musicians, for a total of over 70 members in all. In addition to the United States, TŌN musicians hail from many countries around the world, including Bulgaria, China, France, Hungary, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Peru, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Venezuela. All TŌN musicians accepted into the curriculum take a three-year Master of Music Degree Program in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. Hundreds of candidates vie for the opportunity to rehearse, perform, and study with Bard College faculty, guest scholars, and performing artists, surrounded by the intellectual atmosphere of a liberal arts college uniquely suited to the task, at one of America's most forward-thinking classical music centers.