Thursday, November 28, 2019

TON Orchestra Chamber Quartet: Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen Saturday, December 7, 5pm

Premiering in 1941 at the Stalag VIIIA prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, Germany, where Olivier Messiaen had been held since his capture in 1940, this deeply moving work was composed using the instruments and musicians at hand in the camp. It will be performed by Yuri Mitsuhashi, violin; Matthew Griffith, clarinet; Lucas Button, cello; Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano.

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Our three TON Orchestra Chamber Musicians concerts are all endowed in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Louis M. Privitera by their son, Michael

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this day of thanks, 
there are many things to be thankful for,
but first among those on our list is you.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Lyra Quartet: Works by Philip Glass and Amy Beach, Sun., Nov. 24, 2pm

Hailing from the Bard College Conservatory of Music, the young musicians of The Lyra Quartet will perform a challenging program of compositions by Philip Glass and Amy Beach. The Quartet consists of Gigi Hsueh, violin, Sarina Schwartz, violin, Javen Lara, viola, Nathan Matsubara, cello.

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Phillip Glass ( b.1937) String Quartet No. 5  (24 minutes)
Amy Beach (1867-1944) Quartet in One Movement, Op. 89 (14 minutes)

Amy Beach completed her Opus 89 in the year 1929. She drew her thematic material from three traditional Inuit songs. The work begins and ends in a peaceful meditation (Grave), and in between is a joyous Più animato building towards a slightly agitated Allegro molto section.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass studied at the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years studying in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, while transcribing Ravi Shankar's Indian music into Western notation.  Glass has composed music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Celebrating Nature: The TON Orchestra Wind Quintet, Sat., Nov. 16, 5pm. Free admission

Please join us for a program of works by American composers inspired by the natural world. These compositions celebrate the beauty of nature, even as we contemplate its fragility -- including right here in the Hudson Valley. The evening will highlight two brilliant woman composers, Amy Beach and Jennifer Higdon, as well as works by Irving Fine, Vincent Persichetti, and Samuel Barber.

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Painting by Frederic Church, Clouds Over Olana, 1872

Jennifer Higdon - Autumn Music
Amy Beach - Pastorale
Irving Fine - Partita for Wind Quintet


Vincent Persichetti - Pastoral
Samuel Barber - Summer Music

Meet the Musicians

Newly appointed flutist of the Albany Symphony, Matthew Ross has enjoyed great variety in his career thus far. As a soloist, he has won prizes in competitions across the country, including New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Nashville, Dallas, and Houston. These successes lead to Matthew giving the premiere performance of a series of works by Glen Cortese at the 2012 National Flute Association Convention, and collaborating with Jason Moran on a multimedia recital of art and chamber music at the Park Avenue Armory in 2016. Prior to his appointment in Albany, he has performed with the Cincinnati Opera Orchestra, Queen City Chamber Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic, as well as in numerous pit orchestras on Broadway. Matthew is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Equally adept on the oboe and English horn, Regina Brady is a member of The Orchestra Now at Bard College. She recently completed the Master of Music degree at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Anne Marie Gabriele, and Ariana Ghez. She played both oboe and English horn with the Colburn and Oberlin orchestras. On the Colburn Chamber Music Society series, Ms. Brady had the opportunity to perform with Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Ms. Brady is a passionate advocate for new music, and has collaborated with Los Angeles based new music ensemble, wild Up.  As a member of the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, she was chosen to perform on a special concert series in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art. Ms. Brady has been a fellow at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival. Prior to her studies at Colburn, she completed the double-degree program at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she majored in neuroscience and oboe performance, studying with Robert Walters. A native of White Plains, New York, she is also a graduate of the Juilliard Pre-College Division where she studied with Richard Dallessio.

Ye Hu grew up in Shanghai in a musical family, beginning the clarinet at age 11 studying with her father. She attended the music middle and high school affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory before moving to the United States and earning both her B.M. and M.M degrees from the New England Conservatory. She has been heard with orchestras in the United States and China and attended the Orford Music Festival in 2016. This is her second season as a fellow with The Orchestra Now. Her major teachers include renowned soloist Richard Stoltzman and Boston Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Tom Martin.

Emily Buehler, hailing from North Wales PA, is in her second year at The Orchestra Now. She finished her master's degree in 2018 in horn performance and pedagogy. Her time at Penn State was spent as the teaching assistant where she taught horn minor lessons, undergraduate lessons, pedagogy classes, and music education methods classes, and studying with Lisa Bontrager! Emily holds two degrees from her undergraduate institution, the Eastman School of Music: Horn Performance and Music Education, where she studied with Peter Kurau. While at Eastman, Emily was also awarded a Performer’s Certificate. Emily began musical studies on the piano and later began the cello. She entered the world of brass playing by choosing the euphonium in fourth grade, switching to horn her junior year of high school. Emily has worked on residential life/ administrative staff for summer festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Chautauqua Summer Festival, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival. One of her favorite ways of making music is with chamber ensembles, and has been able to work in a variety of them during her time before The Orchestra Now, and is thankfully keeping that up now!

Bassoonist Matthew Gregoire began his studies on the flute at age 9 before switching to the bassoon after seeing the New York Philharmonic perform a pops concert on a public television broadcast. He began taking lessons with Eleanor Taylor of Durham, New Hampshire, and attended youth training programs in Boston and Portland, Maine. He since has received degrees in bassoon performance from the Eastman School of Music and the Yale School of Music, where he studied with John Hunt and Frank Morelli, respectively. Matthew has made appearances at the Chautauqua Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Vermont Mozart Festival, and has been a guest musician with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston. In September, Matthew won the section bassoon audition for the President’s Own Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra, and will relocate to Washington DC in the spring. Matthew is currently in his second year of The Orchestra Now.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Next up at bat -- John Thorn: Baseball's Three True Outcomes, and the Fourth It Hopes to Avoid, Sat., Nov 9, 2pm Free admission

Join Major League Baseball's Official Historian, John Thorn, for his annual "Hot Stove League" talk. To quote John, "By the Three I mean the home run, the strike, and the walk. By the Fourth I mean a decline in passion for the game. Boiled down, it's a battle between science and art, between success on the field and satisfaction in the stands." Always a great time, always packed -- reserve now!
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Contemporary guitarist Alexander Turnquist, Sat., Nov. 9, 5pm Free admission

Hudson-based Alexander Turnquist will debut his new solo piece for 12-string guitar, "Awake In A Sleepwalker's Circus". Mr. Turnquist counts minimalist composers, drone, modern post-rock and noise as his influences. Expect an evening of intriguing, original music from this talented artist.

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