Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Presents Homeward Sounds With Pianist Javier Perianes
On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presents Homeward Sounds, a program delving into the sounds of Mozart and Dvorák's rich lives in Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. The concert features the New York premiere of Dvorák's Bagatelles, Op. 47 arranged for chamber orchestra by conductor/arranger Dennis Russell Davies, as well as Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 with Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, and Mozart's Symphony No. 33 in B-flat Major, K. 319. These works will provide a springboard for New York composer James Matheson's Still Life, which opens this program and reflects contemporary American sensibilities. This piece was made possible by a grant from the Fromm Music Foundation.
About his new piece, Matheson says, "There's a double meaning; both in it's reference to a style of visual art that focused on the complexity of arrangement within a seemingly simple form, as well the fact that the surface simplicity of a still life also has a shimmering activity in the details of the work; a productive tension between the surface detail and the simple form that holds it together. The second meaning here is simply acknowledges that, despite the division into polarized groups that define the political and social system today. It's still life as it has always been."
The program will also be performed on January 5, 2019 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL, marking the world premieres of the works by Davis and Matheson; and on January 6, 2019 at Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium in Palm Beach, FL; January 9, 2019 at Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC; and on January 10, 2019 at Wright Auditorium at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Javier Perianes, piano
James Matheson: Still Life (NY Premiere - Orpheus Commission)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595
Dvor?a?k: Bagatelles, Op. 47 (arr. Dennis Russell Davies) (NY Premiere)
Mozart: Symphony No. 33 in B-flat Major, K. 319
Single tickets for the January 12 performance, priced from $12.50 to $115, are available for purchase at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th and 7th and can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website at carnegiehall.org.
About Javier Perianes
The international career of Javier Perianes has led him to perform in the most prestigious concert halls, with the world's top orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Barenboim, Dutoit, Maazel, Mehta, Dudamel, Oramo, Temirkanov, Jurowski and Harding, and appearing at festivals such as BBC Proms, Mainly Mozart, Lucerne, La Roque d'Anthéron, Grafenegg, San Sebastian, Granada and Ravinia. Described by The Telegraph as "a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch," Perianes was awarded the National Music Prize in 2012 by the Ministry of Culture of Spain and is International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) 'Artist of the Year 2019'.
In the 2018/19 season, Perianes returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform a Beethoven Cycle over two consecutive evenings at the Royal Festival Hall after a Spanish tour with conductor Juanjo Mena. He will also perform Beethoven on tours in Australia and New Zealand, as well as touring the United States performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, culminating with a return to New York's Carnegie Hall.
In addition to Mozart and Beethoven, this season Perianes performs works by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Grieg, Falla and Bartók with orchestras such as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Toronto, St. Louis, San Francisco and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Scottish, and the Czech Philharmonic in his return to the Prague Spring Festival. In recital, Perianes undertakes an extensive European tour that will bring him to cities such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Oslo, Lisbon, Istanbul, Barcelona and Madrid.
Previous seasons' highlights include concerts with Wiener Philhamoniker, Royal Concertgebouw, Philharmonia and Cleveland orchestras, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
Recording exclusively for harmonia mundi, his latest albums include Schubert's sonatas D.960 and D.664, "a true lyric gift" (Gramophone), and Bartók's Concerto No. 3 with Münchner Philharmoniker and Heras-Casado.
About Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower individuals through collaboration, innovation, education, and a passion for artistic excellence. Orpheus strives to be the world's premier chamber orchestra by performing music at the highest level without a conductor, challenging artistic boundaries, inspiring the public to think and work with new perspectives, and building a broad and active audience in New York City and around the world.
Orpheus was founded in 1972 by a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra. Orpheus performs without a conductor, rotating musical leadership roles for each work with a focus on presenting diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered 48 original works. Orpheus recordings include the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures for Deutsche Grammophon, and over 70 other recordings for DG, Sony Classical, EMI Classics, BMG/RCA Red Seal, Decca, and others, including its own label, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Records.
Orpheus presents an annual concert series in New York City featuring performances at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y, as well as an intimate Twilight chamber series in the elegant instrument showroom at Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows in midtown Manhattan. The orchestra also tours extensively to major national and international venues. The 2018-19 season features five new-to-Orpheus artists and Now Hear This!, a new initiative dedicated to reimagining musical gems of the past with new orchestration by top-notch composers. Beloved Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii opens the Carnegie Hall series with Chopin's Second Piano Concerto. Orpheus welcomed vibrant mandolin and accordion duo Avi Avital and Ksenija Sidorova, who treated audiences to a reinvention of their time-honored instruments in a novel rearrangement of Bach. Spanish pianist Javier Perianes joins Orpheus for Mozart's last Piano Concerto No. 27. Orpheus' American Notes initiative welcomes Golden Globe-, GRAMMY- and Emmy-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch and New York favorite James Matheson for two new works commissioned by Orpheus. British cellist Steven Isserlis opens Orpheus' new 92Y series to explore the thrilling emotions of C.P.E. Bach's Concerto in A Major. The season ends with a flourish: Richard Strauss' rendering of a fabled trickster, played in a lively arrangement for chamber ensemble. Iranian harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani juggles tradition and disruption in a chamber symphony reworking of Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds by Jean Françaix.
About Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Engagement Initiatives
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 University and of leadership seminars at IBM, Morgan Stanley, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, among others. Orpheus aims to bring this unique approach to students of all ages through its worldwide education and engagement programs: Access Orpheus-NYC, Orpheus Music Academy, Orpheus Leadership Institute, and Orpheus Reflections.
Access Orpheus-NYC shares the orchestra's collaborative music-making process with K-12 public school students from all five boroughs in New York City. While New York is among the cultural capitals of the world, many schoolchildren are underserved in arts participation. Access Orpheus-NYC helps to bridge this gap with in-class visits, invitations to working rehearsals, instrument petting zoos, and underwritten tickets for performances at Carnegie Hall.
Orpheus Music Academy encompasses Orpheus' programs for intermediate and advanced music students. Orpheus musicians share their artistry, expertise, and collaborative approach to music-making through masterclasses with Orpheus musicians and guest artists, side-by-side workshops, and residencies on tour.
Orpheus Leadership Institute brings the Orpheus Process to the private and nonprofit sectors and educational institutions to empower the leaders of tomorrow through collaborative management training. Teams of all kinds participate in customizable programs to gain insight from Orpheus' democratic process and develop essential skills in communication, collective ownership, and creative problem solving.
Orpheus Reflections brings the transformative power of music to people with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia as well as their caregivers. Trained by CaringKind, New York City's leading expert on dementia, Orpheus musicians lead intimate performances and conversation with audiences impacted by these challenging diseases. For more information about Orpheus, please visit orpheusnyc.org or call 212.896.1700.
*Photo of Javier Perianes by Josep Molina/PR