Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Announces its 2018 Summer Series

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Announces its 2018 Summer Series

The Naumburg Orchestral Concerts announces its 113th season which continues to feature free, outdoor classical concerts at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. This season's performances include Ensemble LPR on June 12, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on June 26, A Far Cry on July 10, The Knights on July 17, and Orchestra of St. Luke's on July 31.

Started in 1905, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts seeks to build new and broader audiences for classical music. It is the oldest, continuous, free, outdoor, western classical music concert series in the world. The performances occur on Tuesdays throughout June and July, with each one drawing thousands of attendees. All the events are broadcast live on Classical 105.9 WQXR and at

Ensemble LPR kicks off the 2018 Naumburg Orchestral Concerts season on Tuesday, June 12, performing repertoire favorites alongside works by some of today's greatest living composers. The concert includes a world premiere by David Handler, the East Coast premiere of Thea Musgrave's Aurora (in honor of the composer's 90th birthday in May), John Corigliano's The Red Violin: Suite for Violin and Orchestra (in honor of the composer's 80th birthday in February) with Tessa Lark as soloist, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, and Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra brings its democratic, collaborative spirit to the Naumburg Bandshell with a concert of summer-inspired works on Tuesday, June 26 performing Felix Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the New York premiere of Othmar Schoeck's Summer Night, and Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 "Serioso," arranged by Gustav Mahler.

On July 10, the Boston-based, self-conducted orchestra, A Far Cry,performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Divertimento in F, PhilipGlass's Symphony No. 3, and Béla Bartok's Divertimento for String Orchestra.

The Knights present their 10th straight summer concert at the Naumburg Bandshell on July 17, performing Anna Clyne's Within Her Arms, Armenian Folk Songs arranged by 19th century Armenian priest Komitas, Leos Janacek's Idyll, and Johannes Brahms's Hungarian Dances, all conducted by Eric Jacobsen.

Orchestra of St. Luke's performs an all-Vivaldi concert on July 31featuring his Concerto for Strings in C Major, In Furore lustissimae Irae with soprano Sherezade Panthaki, and the complete Four Seasons with violinist Krista Bennion Feeney.

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