The 2012-2013 season marks Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's 40th year of making internationally renowned music while reinventing the way the world thinks about musical collaboration, education and outreach, and democratic leadership. Orpheus has made more than 70 albums, including the Grammy® Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, worked with some of the leading soloists of our time in the United States and around the globe, and commissioned and premiered 34 original works. Orpheus continues to grow this season, partnering with giants of the classical and jazz worlds, embarking on a European tour, expanding their repertoire for their regular Carnegie Hall season, and commissioning and premiering several new works.
The ensemble’s Carnegie Hall season will feature soloists soprano Sasha Cooke, baritone Nathan Gunn, violinst Anne Akiko Meyers, Wayne Shorter and his quartet, and Richard Goode. 2012-13 will be a season of many first for Orpheus. In October, the orchestra performs Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony for the first time and December will see an Orpheus debut of Barber’s Violin Concerto. Richard Goode, considered by many an honorary member of Orpheus after having played dozen of concerts and recording four unmatched albums during a nearly four-decade period with the orchestra, will play Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Orpheus for the first time in March. In addition to expanding their traditional repertoire, the Orpheus is delighted to premiere new pieces. The Carnegie Hall season begins with the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas's Earth Echoes, a piece commissioned by Orpheus and written to commemorate the centenary of the death of Gustav Mahler. In November, Orpheus tours Russia, Germany, and Austria with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau premiering his new commissioned work, Variations for Piano and Orchestra on a Melancholy Theme. This is the first time Orpheus will visit Russia. Further highlighting the orchestra’s commitment to challenging itself by exploring the intersections of genres, Orpheus will also perform a new commissioned piece by Wayne Shorter at Carnegie Hall. Finally, Orpheus ends its Carnegie season with a large-scale new work by Gabriel Kahane, the ensemble’s first ever composer-in-residence, based on the WPA ... read full bio