Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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Educators and students of all ages are invited to explore our Access Orpheus study guides and playlists.

Learn about the music we perform through the lens of the composers and the historical events that helped shape their creations.

Reminiscentia with soloists credit Chris Lee


Orpheus' latest livestream, Reminiscentia, celebrates the connected humanity at the heart of all great music with music by three living composers.

Orpheus’ newest associate member Gregg August refreshes a melody that has graced sacred spaces for 900 years, and Adolphus Hailstork reminisces about singing in a cathedral choir. Guest violinists Charles Yang and Geneva Lewis intertwine in Anna Clyne’s Grammy-nominated Prince of Clouds, a meditation on the gifts that pass from generation to generation.

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Music from the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Learn how composers Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Fauré, and Igor Stravinsky struggled, survived, and made music during the difficult years of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.

This playlist of music written or orchestrated in 1918 and 1919 features some of Orpheus’ favorite recordings, including selections from our Grammy-award-winning album Stravinsky: Shadow Dances.

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Frans Snyders Concert of Birds WGA21526

Music & Nature

Orpheus performs works by Respighi, Vivaldi, and Copland

Explore the world around you through this playlist of Orpheus recordings of Respighi's The Birds, Vivaldi's Summer from The Four Seasons, and Copland's Appalachian Spring. The accompanying study guide connects these composers' meditations on nature to birdsong, poetry, and dance, and includes questions and activities for discovering the music of the natural world.

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FINAL Liev and Orpheus credit Chris Lee

Beethoven | Egmont

Orpheus stands up for justice and freedom in this homage to courageous voices. Beethoven, an unyielding critic of despots, channeled his ardor and rage into music for Goethe’s historical drama about a local hero defying foreign occupiers. Liev Schreiber narrates an incisive new translation by Philip Boehm, while the clarion voice of Karen Slack and Orpheus illuminate the eternal truths of Egmont.

This study guide for teachers, students, and families includes a synopsis of the story, the composition and production history of Egmont, artist bios, language arts activities, and a listening guide for the program.