From NPR/music – Classics In Concert: “Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s ‘New Brandenburgs’ At Carnegie Hall”

[This article is about a concert which took place on Friday, May 6, 2011. But you can hear the full concert by streaming from the link on the NPR/music web page. The link is at the end of this post.]

“Finding a way to bring orchestral music — an art form squarely rooted in conventions of the 19th century — into the modern world represents an essential challenge for orchestras and their administrators. In 2006, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra spearheaded a novel project designed to help bridge past and present: It commissioned six composers to write companion pieces for Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos, works that were completed around 1720 and use a rich variety of instruments.


The multiyear New Brandenburg Project culminates in Orpheus’ opening-night concert at Spring for Music, which brings together pieces by Aaron Jay Kernis, Melinda Wagner, Peter Maxwell Davies, Christopher Theofanidis, Stephen Hartke and Paul Moravec. These were all introduced individually in Orpheus programs in recent seasons, but will be played as a group for the first time here.”

See the full article here.