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orchestra & chamber music series 

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

with Alessio Bax, piano

Friday, February 24, 2023
7:30 p.m.

Woltosz Theatre

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is a radical experiment in musical democracy, proving for 50 years what happens when exceptional artists gather with total trust in each other and faith in the creative process.  

Since its inception in 1972, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s catalog of recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch and other labels has grown to include more than 70 albums that still stand as benchmarks of the chamber orchestra repertoire, including Haydn symphonies, Mozart concertos, and 20th-century gems by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Ravel and Bartók.    

At home in New York and in the many concert halls it visits in the U.S. and beyond, Orpheus begins its next 50 years with a renewed commitment to enriching and reflecting the surrounding community. Always evolving as artists and leaders, the Orpheus musicians carry their legacy forward, counting on their shared artistry and mutual respect to make music and effect change. 

For their Gogue Center performance, the Orpheans will be joined by the brilliant pianist Alessio Bax. An ascending star in the world of classical music, Bax has been hailed by Gramophone as “among one of the most remarkable young pianists now before the public.” He catapulted to prominence with First Prize wins at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, and is now a familiar face on five continents, not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but also as a concerto soloist who has appeared with more than 150 orchestras.

The evening’s performance will include two works: Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Schubert’s Chamber Symphony in B-flat Major. 

“Playing with perfect unanimity, their performances have polish and spirit, and display an infectious love for music making.”
— The New York Times

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