Bard College’s The Orchestra Now: free concerts, designed by the musicians

Posted on: March 14, 2016

“Bard College’s new classical music master’s program is out on a mission to educate the whole of New York City, along with the 37 students that form its orchestra,” writes Keira Alexander in Monday’s (3/14) Newsday (New York, N.Y.). “The Orchestra Now, currently in the midst of its inaugural performance season, will give a free concert Friday at the Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts. It’s the fourth of five free concerts and part of its ‘Around Town’ series. TON is unique not only in its makeup of musicians, grad students from around the country and abroad, but in its approach to engage its audience. ‘They are going out into the community and designing their own programs to introduce and involve people of their own generation and the next,’ said conductor and Bard College president Leon Botstein.” TON made its Carnegie Hall debut in January. Friday’s concert in Brooklyn will feature Copland’s Quiet City, Ives’s Symphony No. 3, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8…. ‘Copland was born in Brooklyn, so I felt that TON’s first concert here should honor this great American composer,’ said James Bagwell, director of Bard’s music program [and conductor of] the concert on Friday.”

Posted March 14, 2016