International orchestra Orpheus comes to Williams Arts Center

By: Tucker Huston – February 3rd, 2017

In anticipation of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s performance at the Williams Art Center at Lafayette College, in Easton, PA, on February 3rd, 2017.


Two internationally acclaimed musicians take the stage on Friday at the Williams Center for the Arts.

Music chamber orchestra Orpheus will perform alongside violinist Vadim Gluzman. Together, Orpheus and Gluzman will undertake composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s only Violin Concerto for the first time. The Violin Concerto is known for its intense difficulty.

They will also perform Chabrier’s “Danse Villageoise” and “Idylle,” Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 3,” “Scottish,” and Orpheus’s “American Notes” series: a new musical piece by famed composer Michael Hersch.

The Grammy award-winning orchestra was discovered in the seventies and is unusual for its collaborative leadership system in which the musicians themselves interpret the musical score, according to its official website. The orchestra has released 71 albums to date and 43 original pieces.

Orpheus tours annually at Carnegie Hall in New York City, but also tours throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Along with the orchestra’s artistic endeavors, it has also launched “Access Orpheus,” which educates public school children about music.

Orpheus often travels with soloists, and that’s where Vadim Gluzman comes into the picture.

Vadim Gluzman is a Ukrainian-born Israeli and a Juilliard-educated trained classical violinist. Since graduating, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and NHK Symphony, according to his website’s biography on Gluzman.

The performance will take place at the Williams Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Friday. Those who arrive at 6:30 p.m. will be treated to both an open rehearsal by the ensemble and a discussion between professor Ilan Peleg and Gluzman.Gluzman has been recognized through several prestigious awards in his career, including the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award in 1994 and the Diapason d’Or in 2011, according to his website’s biography.