Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
490 Riverside Drive, 11th floor
New York, NY 10027-5788
(212) 896 1700
Featuring Full-Length Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Concert Recordings, Live Living Room Concerts, Cooking Classes, Live Q&As, Giveaways, and More
NEW YORK, NY (April XX, 2020) — On Friday, April 24, 2020 and Saturday, April 25, 2020 Orpheus Chamber Orchestra takes over The Violin Channel’s social media channels for the VC Orpheus Festival, sponsored by Rare Violins of New York. The two day online festival will feature Orpheus musicians in living room concerts, fun videos from home while observing social distancing measures, informative Q&As and full broadcasts of Orpheus concerts. The festival can be viewed on The Violin Channel’s Facebook and Instagram pages and the Orpheus Facebook page.The VC Orpheus Festival has a two-day fundraising goal of $25,000. Donations made during the festival will support the Orpheus Emergency Fund to bolster the orchestra’s commitment to continue paying musicians and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations can be made at www.orpheusnyc.org/donate.
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 pianist Jan Lisiecki, violinist Vadim Gluzman, trumpet virtuoso 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: firstname.lastname@example.org], Morahan Arts & Media