Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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Press Kit

2022-23 Season Preview

MONDAY AUG 1 2022 8:01AM

Orpheus bow at Carnegie by Chris Lee

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s 2022/23 Season Preview

For immediate release

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is nothing short of a cultural icon in New York City’s vibrant classical music scene. Famously conductor-less since its inception, Orpheus is built upon a democratic model of operations in which all musicians are equal, all decisions are shared, and all artistic leadership is appointed from within. This season marks a major milestone in the Orchestra’s history, as it reaches its 50th anniversary in 2022/23.

At home in New York and in the many concert halls it visits in the U.S. and beyond, Orpheus begins its next fifty years with a renewed commitment to enriching and reflecting the surrounding community. It will continue its groundbreaking work with those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia and their caregivers through Orpheus Reflections™, and Access Opheus™ as well as the Orpheus Leadership Institute spread the positive lessons of trust and democracy to young musicians and those in positions of power. Each year, Access Orpheus reaches nearly 1,500 public school students in all five boroughs of New York City, bringing music into their communities and welcoming them to Carnegie Hall.

The core of Orpheus’ season in New York each year is its Carnegie Hall series, which brings together the orchestra and world-renowned soloists. Touring is also a vital element of the Orchestra’s season, as it meets audiences around the world to share its message of democracy, community, and collaboration through music.

  • Carnegie Hall concerts
    • The season opens with “The New Fifty,” with the Norwegian trumpet player, Tine Thing Helseth, featuring the world premiere/Orpheus commission of Fanfare for the Promise of America by composer and horn virtuoso Jeff Scott, in addition to an elegantly-curated program with works by Hummel, Haydn, and Mozart - Oct 8, 2022

    • “Change the Frame” features acclaimed violinist Renaud Capuçon. The performance opens with the world premiere/Orpheus commission of a new work, inspired by works of art created by women of color in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) collection, by genre-bending composer Hanna Benn. The program continues with Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata, and a new orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition by Jannina Norpoth -Jan 21, 2023

    • “Heroes Unite” pays homage to fearless voices, with Beethoven’s setting of Goethe’s historical drama, Egmont, featuring an incisive new translation of the text, and the clarion voice of Karen Slack. The “muscular-voiced baritone” (The New York Times) Will Liverman joins Orpheus and Slack to reimagine spirituals in a tribute to the heroic singer/activist Paul Robeson, whose 125th anniversary will be celebrated in 2023 - May 20, 2023

  • Tour Dates
    • Orpheus’ 50th anniversary commences with the luminous trumpet player, Tine Thing Helseth, in concert at the Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania - Oct. 6, 2022

    • Pianist Jan Lisiecki joins Orpheus in Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto to open their 2022/23 season with a program of Haydn and Mozart - Oct 15, 2022

    • The foremost authority on Bach’s keyboard works, Angela Hewitt, joins Orpheus with five keyboard concerti at the Morris (NJ) Museum - Nov. 16, 2022

    • Hewitt and Orpheus repeat the program at the 92nd Street Y in New York City in a concert which can be viewed in-person or streamed online - Nov. 17, 2022

    • The tour with Hewitt concludes at Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance Center - Nov. 19, 2022

    • In Prescott, Arizona, Orpheus and violinist Renaud Capuçon perform at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center with their Carnegie Hall program comprising a Hanna Benn world premiere, and Prokofiev and Mussorgsky arrangements - Jan. 18, 2023

    • At the Scottsdale (AZ) Center for the Performing Arts, Capuçon and Orpheus repeat the Benn/Prokofiev/Mussorgsky program - Jan. 19, 2023

    • The SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center presents Orpheus and Capuçon together to conclude their tour dates - Jan. 22, 2023

    • The Tuesday Evening Concert Series will present Orpheus’ Respighi, Chopin, and Dvořák program with pianist Alessio Bax at Cabell Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia - Feb. 21, 2023

    • East Alabama Arts presents Orpheus and Bax at the Opelika (AL) Performing Arts Center - Feb 23, 2023

    • The Gogue Center in Auburn, Alabama presents Bax and Orpheus in a Chopin and Schubert program at Auburn University - Feb. 24, 2023

    • The Tower Arts Series in Dallas, Texas presents Orpheus and Bax at Highland Park United Methodist Church, with an Orpheus Reflections program taking place earlier that day - Feb. 26, 2023

    • In Manhattan, Kansas at the McCain Auditorium, Orpheus and Bax share the Respighi/Chopin/Schubert program - Feb. 28, 2023

    • The Chopin and Schubert program will be performed in Lincoln, Nebraska’s Lied Center for the Performing Arts with Bax - Mar. 1, 2023

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