Orchestra Now to Play Works by Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and Dvorak at Bard

James Bagwell, conductor

James Bagwell, conductor

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) — The Orchestra Now, an innovative master’s degree program and training orchestra founded by Bard College, continues its inaugural performance season at the Fisher Center at Bard College this weekend, Saturday, November 14, at 8pm and Sunday, November 15, at 3pm, with a concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Ruy Blas Overture, Stravinsky’s Symphony in C, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.

Associate conductor and academic director James Bagwell will lead the second concert in the fall series, featuring Mendelssohn’s charming Ruy Blas Overture, a work he composed in only two days; Stravinsky’s driven Symphony in C; and one of Dvorak’s most joyful works, his Symphony No. 8, inspired by Bohemian folk music.
About The Orchestra Now

T?N was founded in 2015 as a 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 T?N 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.


Tickets: $25–$35; three concerts $75; four concerts $95. Tickets available by calling the box office at 845-758-7900, in person at the Sosnoff Theater box office, or by visiting the website at the Fisher Center at Bard College.



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