Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Announces 2016-17 Season

By Shane Jordan on Feb 25, 2016 06:44 PM EST

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's 44th season at Carnegie Hall is guaranteed to honor the orchestra's commitment to collaborating with world-renowned soloists, bringing attention to lesser-known pieces and expanding the repertoire for chamber orchestra through the commissioning of new works. The 2016-17 four-concert series features pianist Christian Zacharias, pianist and composer Fazıl Say, violinist Vadim Gluzman and cellist Alisa Weilerstein, along with the New York premieres of Orpheus-commissioned orchestral works from composers Jessie Montgomery and Michael Hersch as part of the orchestra's American Notes initiative.

Orpheus' 2016-17 season launches on Thursday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m. with German pianist Christian Zacharias performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1. A Beethoven specialist, Mr. Zacharias has performed and recorded all five of Beethoven's concertos, with his own distinctive and insightful interpretation.

The program also features Mozart's Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, Bizet's rarely heard Symphony in C Major, and the New York premiere of Jessie Montgomery's Records from a Vanishing City, a work commissioned by Orpheus.

Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say returns to Orpheus to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467, and his own Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 4 "Silk Road."

The season's third concert, on Saturday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m., the orchestra presents Ukranian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman as soloist in the orchestra's first performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

The Orchestra's final Saturday, March 18, Carnegie Hall concert of the season will feature MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient Alisa Weilerstein performing Schumann's Cello Concerto.

In a recent press release touting Orpheus' upcoming Carnegie Hall season Artistic Director Dov Scheindlin remarked that even longtime fans of the Orchestra will be impressed with 2016-17's concert series:

"We have programmed one of our most optimistic seasons yet, with music that radiates the exuberance and excitement of the chamber orchestra repertoire.

"The core structure and flexibility of Orpheus allows us to continually give the repertoire a fresh perspective through a creative and thought-provoking dialogue.

"This season we are pleased to bring back many of our favorite pieces and soloists with whom Orpheus has had great associations, as well as introduce two new works by American composers to our audiences."

Subscriptions are currently available from Orpheus' official website or by calling (212) 896-1704.

Single tickets will go on sale at from Carnegie Hall's website or CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800 beginning August 2016.

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