Orpheus Expands its New York City Presence with Three Concerts at Carnegie Hall, Two Concerts at the 92nd Street Y, and an Intimate Twilight Chamber
Music Series at Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows
Collaborating with Acclaimed Soloists Cellist Steven Isserlis, Pianists Nobuyuki Tsujii and Javier Perianes, Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, plus the Avi Avital and Ksenija Sidorova Mandolin/Accordion Duo
NEW YORK, NY (January 22, 2018) — Now in its 46th year of innovative concerts in New York, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra today announces programming for its 2018-19 season, driven by the concept of “Now Hear This,” canonical repertoire “reimagined” in the context of here and now. Orpheus reimagines the past, present, and future of the chamber orchestra with three concerts presented in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall and two concerts presented by the 92nd Street Y. Orpheus is joined this season by an illustrious group of international soloists including pianists Nobuyuki Tsujii and Javier Perianes and the Avi Avital and Ksenija Sidorova Duo at Carnegie Hall, as well as cellist Steven Isserlis and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani at 92nd Street Y. As part of Orpheus’ ongoing American Notes commissioning initiative, two new pieces — Benjamin Wallfisch’s Concerto for Mandolin and Accordion and a work by James Matheson — receive their world premieres next season.
Artistic Director James Wilson articulates, “I'm excited and proud to see Orpheus so dramatically expand its musical impact throughout our hometown of New York. It's a testament to the flexibility of our wonderful ensemble that in one season we can bring our acclaimed artistry and skill to the renowned Carnegie Hall, the innovative and creative stage at the 92nd Street Y, and the intimate showroom at Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows. The inclusion of these venues has inspired us to stretch our wings musically and offer a season of impressive variety and excitement.”
Orpheus kicks off its 2018-19 season on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall with Gentle Giants, featuring 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition-winning Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21. The program also explores the spiritual ecstasy of Arvo Pärt’s Fratres and the sensitive artistry of Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11, arranged and reimagined for string orchestra by Christopher Theofanidis.
On Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, Orpheus explores how film music figures prominently in America’s collective imagination and cultural heritage with Stars Aligned, a program by composers with deep cinematic roots — Nino Rota, Miklós Rósza, and Franz Waxman. The unconventional duo of Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital and Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova joins Orpheus in the New York premiere of Golden Globe®, GRAMMY®, and Emmy® nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch’s Concerto for Mandolin and Accordion, commissioned by Orpheus as part of its American Notes initiative, and Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor, BWV 1060R, arranged for mandolin and accordion by acclaimed Hollywood composer Paul Chihara. The premiere will be paired with Rózsa’s Hungarian Serenade, Op. 25 (1945); Rota’s Canzona (1935); and Waxman’s Sinfonietta for Strings and Timpani. As part of a new partnership with 92nd Street Y, Orpheus performs at Kaufmann Concert Hall on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. with 2017 Grammy-nominated British cellist Steven Isserlis in C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto in A Major, H. 439. The program, titled Bleeding Hearts, also features Hans Rott’s Symphony for String Orchestra in A-Flat Major and Mahler’s arrangement of Schubert’s highly emotional Death and the Maiden.
On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, Orpheus performs Homeward Sound, a program delving into the sounds of Mozart and Dvořák’s rich lives in Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. The concert features the New York premiere of Dvořák’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 American Notes commission, which opens this program and reflects contemporary American sensibilities.
Merry Pranks on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at 92nd Street Y, includes Strauss’ rendering of a fabled trickster, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, arranged by Brett Dean. Acclaimed Iranian harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani juggles tradition and disruption in Manuel de Falla’s neoclassical Concerto for Harpsichord and Five Instruments and Martinů’s Harpsichord Concerto G. 71 while Mozart’s beloved Quintet for Piano and Winds (K. 452) wears the garb of a chamber symphony in a reworking by Jean Françaix. Orpheus’ 2018-19 New York City season ends with their free, annual summer performance presented by Naumburg Orchestral Concerts in Central Park’s historic Naumburg Bandshell.
In addition to its Carnegie Hall and 92nd Street Y concerts, Orpheus will continue its Twilight at Tarisio series, presenting intimate salon concerts featuring musicians performing on rare instruments in the elegant showroom at Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows in midtown Manhattan.