ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

LARA ST. JOHN

A standard-bearer of innovation and artistic excellence, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is one of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras. Orpheus was founded in 1972 by Julian Fifer and a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble to the richness of an orchestra. With 71 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, and 42 commissioned and premiered original works, Orpheus rotates musical leadership roles for each work and strives to perform diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue.

Performing without a conductor, Orpheus presents an annual series at Carnegie Hall and tours extensively to major national and international venues.  The 2016-17 Season is the first in Orpheus history to welcome back four celebrated soloists including pianists Christian Zacharias and Fazil Say, violinist Vadim Gluzman, and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The season also features cutting-edge new works by American composers Jessie Montgomery and Michael Hersch, and thrilling symphonies by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Bizet.

Orpheus has trademarked its signature mode of operation, the Orpheus Process™, an original method that places democracy at the center of artistic execution. It has been the focus of studies at Harvard and of leadership seminars at Morgan Stanley and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, among others.  Two unique education and engagement programs, Access Orpheus and Orpheus Institute, aim to bring this approach to students of all ages.

Access Orpheus, Orpheus’ educational initiative, shares the orchestra’s collaborative music-making process with public school students from all five boroughs in New York City.  Because of declining resources for arts education, many public schools do not have access to fulltime arts teachers to provide music instruction and exposure to art and culture. Access Orpheus helps to bridge this gap with in-class visits, attendance at working rehearsals, and free tickets for performances at Carnegie Hall.

Orpheus Institute brings the Orpheus Process™ and the orchestra’s musicians to select colleges, universities, conservatories, and businesses to work directly with leaders of tomorrow. Corporate employees and students in all fields of study learn from Orpheus’ creative process and in areas of collaboration, communication, creative problem solving, and shared leadership.  In the coming seasons, Orpheus will continue to share its leadership methods and performance practices as the ensemble provides audiences with the highest level of musicianship and programming.


ORPHEUS TOURS

October 23-29, 2017 | ANDRE WATTS, piano

Beethoven:  Symphony No. 1

Vijay Iyer: Orpheus Commission

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 K. 271

 

November 28 - December 5, 2017 | Truls Mørk, cello

Handel: Water Music Suite No. 2, HWV 349

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, Opus 107

Shuyin Li: Orpheus Commission

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

 

 

January 26 - February 2, 2018 | Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet 

Boccherini: Symphony in D minor No. 6 "La casa del diavolo"

Albinoni: Trumpet Concerto Op. 9 No. 2


Marcello: Concerto in c

Verdi: String Quartet arranged for String Orchestra

 

 

Tour Period March 25-28, 2018 | Augustin Hadelich, violin

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture

Wuorinen: Synaxis

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

 

 

Tour of South America: April 2018

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 3

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

-intermission-

Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C for Strings Op 48


Orpheus demonstrated its conductorless ability to render the complex scores with taut precision and feverish excitement.
— The New York Times