Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Reveals 2014-15 Carnegie Hall Season
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra today announced its 42nd season at Carnegie Hall, which opens on Thursday, October 23. This four-concert season highlights Orpheus' ongoing efforts to explore new musical territory-through commissions and working with an ever-expanding catalogue of guest soloists-while continuing to offer the highest-level performances of standard works for chamber orchestra. The 2014-15 season includes three world premieres of Orpheus-commissioned works by Timothy Andres, Anna Clyne, and Fazil Say. Mr. Say will also perform a piano concerto with Orpheus as part of this season's roster of guest soloists, which includes pianist Jonathan Biss and violinists Augustin Dumay and Jennifer Koh. Full concert details are listed below. Subscriptions can be purchased from www.orpheusnyc.org, and single tickets may be purchased from www.carnegiehall.org beginning in September.
Executive Director Krishna Thiagarajan said, "With programs that test the boundaries of what a chamber orchestra is capable of, this season represents what Orpheus does best. Not only does the orchestra reliably perform at the highest caliber, but our musicians continue to surprise and inspire audiences with unexpected repertoire, world-premiere performances, and collaborations with world-class soloists."
Orpheus opens its season at Carnegie Hall on October 23 with a performance of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Prologue and Variations in celebration of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer's 75th birthday season. Pianist Jonathan Biss, who has published a Kindle Single about Beethoven and is in the process of recording all 32 of the composer's piano sonatas, returns to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. Mr. Biss is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music and teaches the online course Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. The program also includes Poulenc's Sinfonietta and Rossini's Overture to Cambiale di Matrimonio.
On December 6 Orpheus continues its season with a program focusing on the Baroque and early Classical periods. The concert, which includes works by Corelli, Handel, and Mozart, features the Orpheus debut of violinist Jennifer Koh in a performance of Bach's Violin Concerto in A minor. Ms. Koh is noted for her Bach and Beyond recording project as well as her marathon performances of Bach's complete sonatas and partitas. Ms. Koh frequently collaborates with British composer Anna Clyne, who has written a new piece for Ms. Koh and Orpheus, to be given its world premiere performance during this concert.
French violinist Augustin Dumay also makes his debut appearance with Orpheus this season performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto during the third Carnegie Hall concert on February 7. Mr. Dumay gained international recognition in 1979 when he performed in Paris, at the request of Herbert von Karajan, and has since appeared on close to 40 recordings and performed with major orchestras around the world. Also on the program is the world premiere of a new work by Brooklyn-based composer Timothy Andres. Mr. Andres was a finalist for Orpheus' Project 440, an initiative to identify rising talent among a new generation of composers. This concert includes Schubert's Symphony No. 5 and Orpheus' first performance of Orchestral Suite from Les Boréades by French Baroque composer Jean-Phillipe Rameau.