[The Orchestra Now | Concert 1] Photo: Matt Dine
Photo: Matt Dine

Fisher Center and The Orchestra Now Present

The Orchestra Now | Concert 1

Leon Botstein, music director
Inaugural Season

Conducted by Leon Botstein

Symphony No. 2


Cello Concerto (U.S. Premiere) 
Rylan Gajek ‘16, cello

Symphony No. 11

Bard's newest orchestra debuts at the Fisher Center with Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, a work filled with such vitality that it masks the composer's struggles with hearing loss; the U.S. premiere of Weinberg's daring Cello Concerto, featuring 22 year-old Canadian cellist Rylan Gajek ’16; and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11, containing revolutionary melodies that illustrate Russia's 1905 Bloody Sunday.

The Orchestra Now (TŌN), a unique training orchestra and master’s degree program established by Bard College, is preparing a new generation of musicians to create unique concert experiences for audiences of great orchestral music of the past and present. Bringing together extraordinary musicians from around the world, TŌN mines the wealth of underperformed repertoire, reimagines traditional concert formats, and strives to connect the experience of the performers with that of the listeners. In this new series, TŌN brings to the Fisher Center adventurous programs of familiar and lesser-known works in the incomparable Sosnoff Theater. All concerts will include commentary by the conductor.