Orpheus Premieres Expanded Version of John Adams' Chamber Symphony

Classic Arts News   Orpheus Premieres Expanded Version of John Adams' Chamber Symphony
 
The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's concert at Carnegie Hall tonight features John Adams' Chamber Symphony, rescored for a larger ensemble.

The program also includes Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Haydn's Scena di Berenice, both featuring soprano Barbara Bonney, and Mozart's Symphony No. 29.

Adams wrote his oft-performed 1992 Chamber Symphony, according to the composer, after the cartoons his son was watching on television intruded on his study of Schoenberg's First Chamber Symphony. "The hyperactive, insistently aggressive and acrobatic scores for the cartoons mixed in my head with the Schoenberg music, itself hyperactive, acrobatic, and not a little aggressive, and I realized suddenly how much these two traditions had in common," he wrote in a program note.

Founded in 1972, Orpheus is conductorless and self-governing: a rotating group of principals leads rehearsals, and decisions about interpretation are made by the group as a whole. Tonight's concert is the fourth of Orpheus's five events at Carnegie Hall this season; the group performs with violinist Joshua Bell on May 10.


Recommended Reading:
 X

Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting playbill.com with your ad blocker.
Thank you!