Dodging war and chasing riches, top European composers like Hungary’s Miklós Rózsa, Italy’s Nino Rota, and Germany’s Franz Waxman immigrated to America and helped to fuel Hollywood’s golden age. Their concert music shows off the evocative tone painting and craftsmanship that made their film scores so indispensible to Hitchcock, Fellini, and Coppola, among others. Soloists Ksenija Sidorova (accordion) and Avi Avital (mandolin) each bring modern glitz and glamor to their old-world instruments, whether playing a reconfigured Bach concerto or debuting the brand-new work written for them by Golden Globe®, GRAMMY® and Emmy® nominated British composer Benjamin Wallfisch (Andy Muschietti’s It, Blade Runner 2049, Hidden Figures). This Orpheus commission is the latest addition to American Notes, a project that explores the landscape of new music from diverse perspectives.



Avi Avital, mandolin
Ksenija Sidorova, accordion 

WAXMAN: Sinfonietta for Strings and Timpani (1955)
ROTA: Canzona (1935, New York City Premiere)
BACH: Concerto for Violin & Oboe, BWV 1060R 
(arranged for Mandolin & Accordion by Paul Chihara)

Benjamin WALLFISCH: Monomachía (Concerto for Mandolin and Accordion, Orpheus Commission)
RÓZSA: Hungarian Serenade, Op. 25 (1945)


Works listed in red are part of Now Hear This, a new Orpheus initiative dedicated to re-imagining musical gems from the past with new orchestration!

More upcoming performances

Orpheus on Tour- Osaka, Japan

April 21, 2019 | 2:00PM
Osaka Symphony Hall
Osaka, Japan

Orpheus on Tour- Tokyo, Japan

April 22, 2019 | 7:00PM
Suntory Hall
Tokyo, Japan

Orpheus on Tour- Tokyo, Japan

April 23, 2019 | 7:00PM
Suntory Hall
Tokyo, Japan

Orpheus on Tour- Koriyama, Japan

April 25, 2019 | 7:00PM
Kenshin Cultural Center
Koriyama, Japan

Orpheus on Tour- Tokyo, Japan

April 26, 2019 | 7:00PM
Kioi Hall
Tokyo, Japan

Orpheus on Tour- Yokosuka, Japan

April 27, 2019 | 2:00PM
Yokosuka Arts Center
Yokosuka, Japan

Merry Pranks | Mahan Esfahani, Harpsichord

May 8, 2019 | 7:30PM
Kaufmann Concert Hall at 92nd Street Y
New York, NY

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