The Orchestra Now Opens With A TON Of Music From Harlem To Carnegie Hall

cellist-xi-yang-1The Orchestra Now (TŌN) launches two of its 2016-17 New York City series with three free concerts in Harlem, the Bronx and Upper Westside this December 2016.

TŌN begins the month by opening its Carnegie Hall season on December 9 with Denounced!, a program focusing on Russian composers whose music was viewed as inappropriate during the communist regime. Leon Botstein will conduct the performance with soprano Ilana Davidson, mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner, and tenor Sergey Polyakov as soloists. Later in the month, the Orchestra starts its crowd-pleasing Around Town series of FREE classical music concerts with performances in Harlem and the Bronx, led by conductor JoAnn Falletta with mezzo Susan Platts on December 16 and 18, respectively.

The first TŌN at Carnegie Hall program of the season, titled Denounced!, surveys three great Russian composers whose works were deemed politically incorrect because they displayed tendencies alien to the Soviet people. Shostakovich’s song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry used texts from Jewish folksongs, and so the 1948 work was not publicly premiered until after the anti-Semitism of the time had abated. That same year, the Central Committee of the Communist Party issued a declaration (the Zhdanov decree) condemning recent works by Prokofiev and Shostakovich, as well as several other composers. The evening’s notable guest soloists include four-time Grammy Award-winning American soprano IIana Davidson; mezzo-soprano Katherine Goeldner, who has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera under both James Levine and Valery Gergiev; and tenor Sergey Polyakiov, a leading soloist at Moscow’s Novaya Opera who has also appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg.

The next TŌN at Carnegie Hall performance will focus on Italian composers in an evening offering works by Respighi and Wolf-Ferrari on March 17, 2017.

TŌN at Carnegie Hall with Denounced!, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Tickets, beginning at $25, may be purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org, by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800, or in person at the Carnegie hall box office at 57th Street 7th Avenue.

Around Town Free Concerts in December when TŌN kicks off the second season of its popular Around Town series with free concerts in Harlem (December 16) and the Bronx (December 18), led by conductor JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center. Renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, who has appeared at Teatro alla Scala, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, is the guest soloist. The program will present two different composers’ versions of the Scheherazade tale along with Nielsen’s captivating Aladdin Suite. These free community outreach events have become engaging neighborhood activities and are a great opportunity to introduce families and new explorers to the joys of classical music.

TŌN will continue its free Around Town concerts in New York City boroughs with performances in Brooklyn (March 5, 2017), and Queens (April 2, 2017).

Around Town in Harlem at Aaron Davis Hall

Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 7 PM EST.

The Bronx: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

Sunday, December 18th, 2016 at 3 PM EST.

Tickets: All Around Town concerts are FREE and General Admission. RSVP can be made at www.theorchestranow.org, but advance reservations are not required.

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