The Orchestra Now to Give New York City Premiere of Josef Tal’s ‘Exodus’

By Afton Wooten

Photo credit: Israeli Opera

The Orchestra Now (TŌN) opens its 2023-24 Carnegie Hall season with the New York City premiere of Josef Tal’s “Exodus,” staring baritone Noam Heinz.

The program titled “Exodus: Jewish Composers in Exile” features seldom-heard works by Jewish composers Alexandre Tansman, Josef Tal, Walter Kaufmann, and Marcel Rubin. The two NYC premieres on the docket, “Exodus,” and Kaufmann’s “An Indian Symphony” were written while the composers were in exile from their homelands during World War II. The audience will also hear Tansman’s “Polish Rhapsody,” and Rubin’s Symphony No. 4, “Dies irae.”

TŌN’s Music Director Leon Botstein leads The Orchestra Now and soloist Heinz in the Nov. 7 concert beginning at 7 p.m.

The evening also marks TŌN’s first performance in New York City this season. The Orchestra can be heard in NYC for its free concerts series featuring resident Conductor Zachary Schwartzman leading works by Schumann, Strauss, and Barber at the Peter Norton Symphony Space on Nov. 9.