Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
490 Riverside Drive, 11th floor
New York, NY 10027-5788
(212) 896 1700
Plus a World Premiere Arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons by Orpheus Artistic Partner Jessie Montgomery and Composer Jannina Norpoth
NEW YORK, NY (December XX, 2019) — On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:00pm, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra returns to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall to present a program celebrating the changing of the seasons. Artistic Partner Jessie Montgomery and composer Jannina Norpoth’s brand new reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s endearing collection of piano miniatures, The Seasons, adds to the slim collection of Romantic repertoire for small orchestra. Frequent Orpheus collaborator, violinist Vadim Gluzman, returns to perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Of the performance, Gluzman says “What challenges and excites me the most today about performing Vivaldi’s Seasons, is combining the vast knowledge and understanding of the baroque period performance practice with the energy and excitement of the modern world. Using baroque bow for clarity of phrasing, elegance and crispness of sound, yet at the same time projecting emotions that speak to all of us today. Vivaldi is timeless and universal in his appeal and it is an incredible inspiration and privilege to be bringing his music to life at Carnegie Hall!”
Orpheus violinist Renée Jolles remarks on the program, “Although our world today is so unlike the eighteenth century, audiences never tire of Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons. Parts of these concertos have been used in hundreds of movies, television shows, and commercials, but when heard all together, their joyful wit and clever tone painting showcase our perennial cycle of life. This evening, collaborating with our dear friend Vadim Gluzman, we are using Baroque bows at his suggestion to further illuminate the musical gestures and special effects of Vivaldi’s programmatic tone painting. This program spurred us to commission a new work for chamber orchestra, an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons by our Artistic Partner, Jessie Montgomery. Favored by piano teachers everywhere, I last heard these pieces on a daily basis when my own children struggled through them!”
Orpheus gave the world premiere of Montgomery’s Shift, Change, Turn, and Variations, a piece inspired by Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, in its 2019-2020 opening concert at Carnegie Hall in September 2019.
After the Carnegie Hall concert, Gluzman and Orpheus embark on tour to Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, FL on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 and Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College in Easton, PA on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:00pm
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Single tickets start at $25 and can be purchased now at carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or visiting the Carnegie Hall Box Office located at 57th Street and 7th Avenue in NYC. Orpheus subscriptions start at $59 and are available at orpheusnyc.org or by calling (212) 896-1704.
Universally recognized among today’s top performing artists, Vadim Gluzman brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.
The Israeli violinist has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw and many others. He collaborates with leading conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Tugan Sokhiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Semyon Bychkov and Hannu Lintu. Festival appearances include performances at Ravinia, Tanglewood, Verbier, and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and recital partner.
Highlights of the current season include performances with the Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Ohio, where he serves as its Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist. He gives world premiere of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s concerto with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Moritz Eggert’s Mir mit Dir at the Kronberg Academy Festival, and UK premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto with BBC Philharmonic.
Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Peabody Conservatory, Gluzman performs on the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari, on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
In 1972, a group of young artists made history by creating an orchestra without a conductor in which musicians led themselves democratically. Since then, the Grammy award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has recorded over 70 albums on all major classical labels, toured to 46 countries across four continents, and collaborated with hundreds of world-class soloists.
Orpheus’ 34 member musicians work together as a collective and rotate leadership roles for all works performed, giving flight to unconventional interpretations. This democratic structure also extends to organizational functions including programming and governance: the orchestra elects three members to Artistic Director positions and three to the Board of Trustees.
Orpheus’ 2019-20 New York performance season features collaborations with Jan Lisiecki, Vadim Gluzman, Tine Thing Helseth, and the Sphinx Virtuosi. The season opened with a new commission by the orchestra’s first-ever Artistic Partner, composer and violinist Jessie Montgomery. Orpheus’ 2019-20 touring schedule includes appearances in Germany, Canada, and across the United States. In March, Orpheus will perform A Harlem Dream, an original collaboration with the Classical Theatre of Harlem at the SHIFT: Festival of American Orchestras, co-presented by the John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts.
An essential part of New York City’s cultural landscape, Orpheus presents annual series at Carnegie Hall and 92Y. Orpheus tours to major international venues and has appeared regularly in Japan for 30 years; recent engagements include the Prague Spring and Dresden Music Festivals and a 12-concert tour of Asia. The orchestra’s extensive discography includes a February 2019 release on Deutsche Grammophon of Mendelssohn concertos with pianist Jan Lisiecki. Champions of chamber orchestra repertoire, Orpheus has commissioned and premiered over 50 new works.
Orpheus shares its collaborative model through education and community engagement initiatives that promote equity and access to the arts for listeners of all ages around the world. These include programs for K-12 students, opportunities for emerging professional musicians, and a music and wellness program for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.
For more information about Orpheus please visit www.OrpheusNYC.org or call 212.896.1700.
Katy Salomon[link email address: email@example.com], Morahan Arts & Media