Orpheus Announces 2005-06 Season

Classic Arts News   Orpheus Announces 2005-06 Season
The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's 2005-06 season at Carnegie Hall will include world premieres by Joan Tower and Marc Mellits, the conductorless ensemble announced. Pianist Leon Fleisher, violinist Vadim Repin, and percussionist Evelyn Glennie will all appear with Orpheus for the first time.

The season opens on October 18 with a concert featuring pianist Richard Goode, whose collaborations with the orchestra date back two decades. Goode, who launches his "Perspectives" series at Carnegie Hall with the concert, will join the orchestra for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 ("Jeunehomme").

On December 3, Orpheus will perform Bach's Magnificat with the Bach Choir of New York, in the orchestra's first-ever collaboration with the chorus. Appropriately enough, the Bach Choir, which is directed by Kent Tritle, performs without a conductor.

Mellitts' new work, commissioned by the Cheswatyr New Music Initiative, will be performed at a concert on February 4, 2006. The event, which will be broadcast live on New York's WNYC radio and then repeated on other NPR stations, will also include the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with Repin as soloist. Glennie is featured in James MacMillan's Veni, Veni Emmanuel on March 28.

Fleisher appears on May 6 in the final concert of the season, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor"); the concert also includes Tower's new work, which was commissioned through the Meet the Composer organization.

Orpheus will perform twice at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and twice at Trinity Church in lower Manhattan. The latter events, on September 1 and 8, are free and no tickets are required.

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