The orchestra now begins the spring 2022 season at the Fisher Center at Bard College from February 5 to May 8, 2022

Conductor Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now at Bard College’s Fisher Center. Photo by Matt Dine

The guest artists present the conductor Joseph Young, pianists Lara Downes, Anna Polonsky, Gilles Vonsattel, and Frank Corliss

The Orchestra Now (TŌN), the clairvoyant orchestra and masters program founded by president, conductor, educator and music historian Leon Botstein, continues the seventh season of his residency at the Fisher Center at Bard College this spring with four concerts, starting February 5 with a selection of audience favorites by Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Zemlinsky. Remarkable spring season strong points to understand rarely heard performances of Gloomy swamp, William Grant Still portrait of enslaved people seeking refuge in search of freedom, and Symphony No. 1 by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, the composer’s response to conditions under the Nazi regime (7-8 May); a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No.3 conducted by the guest conductor Joseph young, resident conductor of the National Youth Orchestra – USA at Carnegie Hall (April 23-24); and a concert featuring Brahms German Requiem and Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto with soloist Anna polonski (April 2-3).


Tchaikovsky, Guillaume Tell & Mermaid
Saturday February 5, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Sunday February 6, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Leon Botstein, conductor
Rossini: Guillaume Tell Opening
Alexander Zemlinski: Mermaid
Tchaikovsky: Symphony n ° 6, Pathetic
The spring 2022 season unfolds with a concert of works as popular as the iconic Rossini Guillaume Tell Overture and fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen The little Mermaid, richly orchestrated by Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky. The program ends with Tchaikovsky’s last completed symphony, the Pathetic, which the composer called his “Passionate Symphony”.

Clara Schumann and Brahms German Requiem
Saturday April 2, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Sunday April 3, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Leon Botstein, conductor
Anna polonskipiano
Vocal soloists from Bard’s graduate program in vocal arts
Bard Festival Chorale, Bard College Chamber Singers
James bagwell, choirmaster
Clara schumann: Piano Concerto
Brahms: A German requiem
Clara Schumann began writing her memorable Piano Concerto when she was only 14, already an instrument prodigy. This virtuoso work will be performed by acclaimed pianist Anna Polonsky. Schumann was a close friend of Johannes Brahms later in life. She said her German Requiem “Is a huge piece that takes hold of the whole being like very few others. “

Rachmaninoff & Joseph Young
Saturday April 23, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Sunday April 24, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Joseph young, conductor
Lara downespiano
Julia perry: A short piece for orchestra
Florence Price: Piano Concerto in One Movement
Rachmaninoff: Symphony n ° 3

Guest conductor Joseph young, Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony and Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra – USA at Carnegie Hall, conducts the orchestra. The performance features Julia Perry’s wacky Short Work for Orchestra, which was recorded by the New York Philharmonic in 1965. Although much of her work has been overlooked, she won the Boulanger Grand Prix for her Sonata. for viola. Also on the program, the Piano Concerto by Florence Price, the first black woman to have a symphony performed by a large American orchestra (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1933). While his Piano Concerto is described as being in one movement, it actually has three defined sections played without interruption. The soloist is a pianist, recording artist, producer, curator, activist and advocate for the arts Lara downes, hailed by NPR as “a charming artist with a unique blend of musicality and showmanship”. Rachmaninoff’s rhythmically expressive Symphony No. 3 concludes the concert.

The new voices of the 1930s
Saturday May 7, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Sunday May 8, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Leon Botstein, conductor
Gilles Vonsattelpiano
Franck Corlisspiano
William grant still: Gloomy swamp
Carlos chavez: Piano Concerto
Witold Lutoslawski: Symphonic Variations
Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Symphony n ° 1, Essay for a Requiem
The rarely heard masterpieces from this concert highlight works from the late 1930s, including William grant stillevocative portrait of enslaved people seeking refuge in search of freedom, and Karl Amedee Hartmanncommentary on conditions under the Nazi regime. The concert also offers the Mexican musical director and symphonic composer Carlos chavezthe Virtuoso Piano Concerto, called “written with imagination” and praised for its “elementary strength” and “the originality of its orchestral coloring” by The New York Times when he premiered in 1942. Polish prominent progressive music composer Witold LutoslawskiThe Bold Symphonic Variations were written while still a student at the University of Warsaw. His first substantial orchestral work, the Variations, contains many folklore themes.

Tickets, priced at $ 25 to $ 40, are available online at, or by calling the Fisher Center at 845.758.7900. Ticket holders will need to comply with site health and safety requirements, which can be found here.

The performances on Sunday February 6, April 3 and May 8 will be broadcast live on your website and to, with RSVP suggested available on each of the respective concert web pages listed above.

Publication date : 01-11-2022