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The Orchestra Now (TŌN) Begins 2018-19 Season Residency at Bard College’s Fisher Center with Brahms & England

Mark Primoff
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, September 24 – The Orchestra Now (TŌN) begins its six-concert season in residence at Bard College’s Fisher Center with three different programs led by Leon Botstein on October 6-7, November 3-4, and December 12. The residency opens with a concert featuring Brahms’ Violin Concerto played by Zhen Liu, a winner of the 2017 Bard College Conservatory Concerto Competition (October 6-7). It continues with Copland’s Lincoln Portrait along with works by Ives, Carter, and Piston (November 3-4); and Russian Evolution: From Rimsky-Korsakov to Gliére (December 12).

All concerts are illustrated with brief remarks by TŌN’s inspiring musicians, many of whom will be on hand to speak with audience members during intermissions.

Details of the Orchestra’s full season are available here.


Brahms & England
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 8 pm
Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Zhen Liu, violin
Joseph Joachim: Hamlet Overture
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Elgar: Symphony No. 1

Copland’s Lincoln Portrait
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 8 pm
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Ives: Decoration Day from the Holidays Symphony
Carter: Concerto for Orchestra
Piston: Symphony No. 2
Copland: Lincoln Portrait

Russian Evolution: From Rimsky-Korsakov to Glière
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7 pm
Leon Botstein, conductor
Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphony No. 1
Reinhold Glière: Symphony No. 3, Ilya Muromets
This concert will be repeated at Carnegie Hall on December 14.

Tickets $25–$35, 5-concert packages $120, 3- or 4-concert packages from $63.75. Tickets available online at or,  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 next Fisher Center concert is The Romantic Hero on February 9-10.

The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a group of over 60 vibrant young musicians from 14 different countries around the globe: the United States, Bulgaria, China, France, Hungary, 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

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. This year he has 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

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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This event was last updated on 09-24-2018