Orpheus with Richard Goode

 Orpheus performs with long-time collaborator Richard Goode at Carnegie Hall


March 23, 2013 – 7 p.m.

MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Italian
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Orpheus Holds Annual Gala on April 8, 2013 at The Metropolitan Club

Richard Goode's relationship with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra spans several decades. Together they have given performances around the world and recorded several Mozart concertos, earning a Grammy nomination in 1998. Their collaborations have meant countless hours forging not only deep musical bonds, but close personal ties as well. Orpheus is delighted to welcome Goode back to Carnegie Hall on March 23, 2013. Continuing Orpheus's now 40-year history of honoring tradition while challenging its own horizons, the ensemble will perform Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor for the first time with Goode.  

In recognition of Goode's long relationship with Orpheus, the orchestra is proud to confer upon him the title of "Honorary Member." Artistic Director Ronnie Bauch writes, "Richard's whole-hearted embrace of Orpheus and its chamber-music roots from the very beginning, his ever enthusiastic willingness to engage in every facet of the Orpheus artistic process, no matter how challenging, our shared inexhaustible search for unattainable perfection and the extraordinary depth and breadth of the artistic and personal relationships he formed rehearsing, performing, recording and traveling through decades of collaborations with Orpheus musicians have earned him a prominent place in the history of this 40-year-old orchestra and a special place in the hearts of its musicians."

The evening will begin with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A Major, "Italian," written by Mendelssohn in 1832, when he was just 23. Inspired by Mendelssohn's trip to Italy, the piece is infused with the joy and spontaneity that Mendelssohn saw all around him during his travels. The London Philharmonic premiered Symphony No. 4 in 1833, under Mendelssohn's baton. The unorthodox finale of the work evokes the spirit of a Roman carnival and is based on the Italian leaping dance, the saltarello. The program continues with Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor. Schumann's beloved wife, Clara, gave the premiere of this piece on New Year's Day, 1846. Seeking a more emotionally profound and lyrical musical language, Schumann eschewed the spectacular virtuosity usually displayed in piano concertos of the day. The work is in many ways instead a gentle dialogue between the piano and orchestra. Today, it is recognized as one of the greatest piano concertos, and is one of Schumann's most frequently performed pieces. The close working relationship between Goode and Orpheus is a perfect fit for such a sensitive composition.

On March 19-21, 2013, Orpheus and Goode will play several concerts in Colorado. Performing the Carnegie Hall program, they will appear at University of Denver, Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek and University of Colorado - Boulder.

Annually, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra holds a gala event to raise money to support Access Orpheus and the Orpheus Institute, the orchestra's signature music-education programs that provide free musical instruction and a look at democratic leadership at work to the next generation of musicians and university students. This year, Orpheus's gala will be held on April 8, 2013 at The Metropolitan Club. The event honors past Orpheus Board Chairs Jay B. Langner, Richard S. Lannamann, Gonzalo De Las Heras, Fred Rubenstein, Connie Steensma, and Edmund H. Sutton. A private concert will be followed by a black-tie dinner and preceded by a cocktail event. For more information, please click here
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Award-winning pianist Richard Goode has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. His recent seasons have included recitals in the world’s leading music centers including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, and engagements in London, Berlin, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, in addition to performances and master classes at major universities and conservatories in the U.S. and abroad. As an orchestral soloist, he recently performed with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Louis Langrée, and Mozart piano concertos with David Zinman and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra. He also appeared with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, led by Fabio Luisi, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. An exclusive Nonesuch artist, Richard Goode has made more than two dozen recordings, including Mozart solo works as well as concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, the complete partitas by J.S. Bach, and solo and chamber works of Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Busoni, and George Perle. His first recording of the five Beethoven concertos with Ivan Fisher and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, released in 2009 by Nonesuch Records, was nominated for a Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award. Goode serves with pianist Mitsuko Uchida as co-artistic director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro, Vermont. He is married to the violinist Marcia Weinfeld and lives in New York City. 

A self-governing organization, the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1972 by a group of musicians who aspired to perform diverse orchestral repertoire using chamber-music ensemble techniques. Today, Orpheus continues to uphold this philosophy, performing without a conductor and rotating musical leadership roles for each work. Striving to empower its musicians by integrating them into virtually every facet of the organization, Orpheus is changing the way the world thinks about musicians, conductors and orchestras. The musical results of this method are extraordinary: The Chicago Tribune cheers, "Orpheus Chamber Orchestra shattered the mold, becoming in the process one of the more memorable events in this festival's 13-year history." And The New York Times raves, "Orpheus, whose string players perform with the physical verve of members of a string quartet, produced a convincingly full-blooded sound." The Los Angeles Times agrees: "A virtuosic whole...they’re fast. They’re together. They’re aggressive. They can be electrifying." 

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To request review tickets or more information, please contact:
Amanda Ameer
First Chair Promotion
e: amanda@firstchairpromo.com
ph: 212.368.5949

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