The Grammy® Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is internationally renowned for its fine artistry and distinctive approach to music-making, with a performing and recording legacy spanning 35 years. Performing with many of today’s most dynamic and esteemed soloists, Orpheus presents an annual concert series at Carnegie Hall that illuminates both classic orchestral repertoire and new works by contemporary composers. Noted by critics and audiences alike for their unsurpassed energy, sensitivity, and connection to listeners, Orpheus is considered one of New York’s cultural treasures.
Orpheus’ 2007-2008 season saw collaborations with world-renowned artists, including pianists Yefim Bronfman and Christian Zacharias, soprano Dame Felicity Lott, and violinists Nikolaj Znaider and Sarah Chang. The Orchestra premiered commissioned works by Christopher Theofanidis, Tania León and Charles Wuorinen.
Orpheus’ 2008-2009 season at Carnegie continues their legacy of collaboration with acclaimed soloists, including pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jonathan Biss, sitarist Anoushka Shankar, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, who will premiere several new songs by Ned Rorem. Orpheus has also commissioned a new Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra by the illustrious Ravi Shankar. New works by Pulitzer Prize winners Paul Moravec and Melinda Wagner will mark the next installments of Orpheus’ The New Brandenburgs commissioning project, a four-year project premiering six new orchestral works modeled on J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg” concerti.
In addition to appearances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Orpheus tours on a regular basis throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Orpheus’s 2007-2008 season tour included appearances in Asia and throughout the United States at concert halls in the Miami and Washington, DC regions, as well as New Jersey, Indiana, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. Orpheus’ June 2008 Asia tour includes performances in Japan and Korea.