BRONX, NY—The Orchestra Now, the innovative new master’s degree program and graduate training orchestra founded by Bard College in 2015, will make its New York City debut at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx on Sunday, November 22, at 3 p.m. Brazilian-born conductor Marcelo Lehninger, currently Music Director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, will lead the Orchestra of 37 young graduate musicians from around the world and pianist Blair McMillen in a program of Prokofiev, Haydn, and Mozart. The concert marks the start of TŌN’s Around Town series, a string of free performances in New York City boroughs that continues through April 29. The next concert in the series will take place in Manhattan’s East Village at Cooper Union’s Great Hall on Dec 18.
About The Orchestra Now
TŌN was founded in 2015 as a graduate training orchestra and three-year master’s degree program designed to prepare musicians for challenges facing the modern symphony orchestra. The Orchestra’s creation is based on the belief that to survive today’s musical landscape, contemporary musicians must go beyond the perfection of performance skills and repertoire. They must learn how to connect with concertgoers and create new ways to break down the barriers of reaching new audiences. To achieve this goal, the innovative TŌN curriculum involves both practical and academic activity comprising intensive, regular weekly orchestra rehearsal and course study with Bard College faculty, guest scholars, and performing artists. A Teaching Artist Program provides opportunities for students to engage in community outreach and education programs, and the graduate curriculum culminates in such independent study projects as managing a performing ensemble, curating a program that explores a topic of social importance, or working with community members to express life experiences through music. Musicians are selected through an audition process. All participants selected for the program will earn a Masters of Music in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies, and receive a full-tuition scholarship and health benefits. For more information, visit www.theorchestranow.org
Pascal Nadon Communications
Associate Vice President of Communications