January 22, 2002
Unique Orpheus Orchestra performs in Glenn Jan. 24
In the classical music world, where conductors often are revered as stars, the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra stands out and has risen to the highest echelon of prestige and acclaim.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Orpheus continues to be one
of the most respected ensembles performing today and will be making its
Emory debut as part of the Flora Glenn Candler Series on Thursday, Jan.
24, in Glenn Auditorium.
Orpheus unusual leadership-sharing model is central to its personality.
For every work, the members of the orchestra determine the concertmaster
and the principal players for each section.
In the orchestras own words, Orpheus is an artistic home
for dozens of virtuoso musicians to practice their art with freedom to
experiment and explore within the framework of mutual respect and commitment.
This unique atmosphere unleashes the talent, vision, creativity and leadership
of each human being.
The core group is formed by 17 string and 10 wind players, and is a self-governing
organization that is successful because each of the members demands personal
and musical responsibility. Henry Holt/New York Times Books has
just published a book about Orpheus and its management model, co-authored
by bestselling business writer Peter Economy and Orpheus executive director,
Orpheus isnt just a musical oddityand the subject of study
by business educators and leadersbut one of the finest chamber orchestras
in the world. The groups recorded catalog has more than 50 titles,
and the orchestra is in demand internationally each season, being named
1998 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America.
Orpheus has received a number of awards for its recordings, including
a 1999 Grammy Award for the jazz-inspired recording of Ravel and Gershwin
with pianist Herbie Hancock, and a 2001 Grammy for best small-ensemble
performance (with or without conductor) for Shadow Dances: Stravinsky
At Emory, Orpheus will be performing Wolfs Italian Serenade,
Mozarts Concerto in G Major for violin and orchestra, and Brahms
Liebeslieder Waltzes Orchestral Suite.
Tickets for the event are $20$35; Emory students with ID receive half-price discounts. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050.
Emory University, Copyright 2002