Shift, Change, Turn and Variations (world premiere)
This special evening highlights Orpheus’ expanded education initiatives, which now includes a week-long chamber orchestra summer intensive for pre-professional musicians gaining critical communication and collaborative skills through the Orpheus Process®.
Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony glitters with urban inspiration, from the brilliant sunshine of Rome to the religious pageantry of Naples. The passionate Piano Concerto No. 2, written for a festival in Birmingham, energized Mendelssohn’s ardent fans in England’s second city. This suave showpiece spotlights the young Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, fresh off a recording and tour of European hotspots with Orpheus. Augmenting this musical cityscape, a world premiere from local composer Jessie Montgomery taps into the rhythms of modern life.