The Orchestra Now continues Winter-Spring season at Bard College with Beethoven’s Eroica February 8 - 9
The Tribute to the Composer’s 250th Anniversary Will Feature Pianist Anna Polonsky
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON — The Orchestra Now’s (TŌN) six-concert winter-spring season at Bard College’s Fisher Center continues on Feb. 8–9 with an all-Beethoven program in tribute to the 250th anniversary of the master composer’s birth. The soloist is pianist Anna Polonsky, a recipient of the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
The concert begins with the overture from The Consecration of the House, which was written for the opening of Theater am Käntnertor in Vienna in 1822. The premiere went so well that Beethoven also used this overture to open the concert that included the premiere of his ninth symphony. Pianist Anna Polonsky also joins the Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. The composer wrote this piece for himself, and its premiere was the last time he ever performed as a soloist with an orchestra. This is Polonsky’s third appearance with The Orchestra Now, following performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 at TŌN’s first-ever concert at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2015, and Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra alongside Peter Serkin at Carnegie Hall in 2018. The Beethoven celebration closes with one of the master’s most famous works, his heroic Symphony No. 3, Eroica. This innovative work marked a turning point not only in Beethoven’s career, but in music history altogether.
Sat, Feb 8 at 8 p.m.
Sun, Feb 9 at 2 p.m.
The 250th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest composers of all time is celebrated with a performance of Beethoven’s heroic third symphony
Leon Botstein, conductor
Anna Polonsky, piano
The Consecration of the House Overture
Piano Concerto No. 4
Symphony No. 3, Eroica
Tickets are priced at $25–$35 and may be purchased online at fishercenter.bard.edu, by calling the Fisher Center at 845.758.7900, or at the Fisher Center box office in the lobby of Sosnoff Theater.
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 theorchestranow.org.
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 LeonBotstein.com.