4 commissions. 40 years of Orpheus. 60 composers.
Enter the fray.

In honor of its upcoming 40th anniversary, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will commission new works from four emerging composers, to be premiered during the 2011-2012 Season. Orpheus assembled a panel of artists and industry experts to nominate diverse talent from around the country. Like all things Orpheus, Project 440 relies on open dialogue. Here’s where you come in. We want YOU in the decision-making process. Scroll through the composer profiles and audio below. Let us know who you think Orpheus should commission and why by posting comments on the composer profiles. We will bring your ideas to the table, literally, as Orpheus goes through the selection process.

Check back here early and often, as we post video responses to your comments, news about the candidates, and information about upcoming Project 440 events. Thanks for your participation - now stop reading and start listening!

Project 440 is supported by a leadership gift from an anonymous donor, with additional major support provided by Thomas Bishop.

Project 440 is a collaboration between Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and WQXR 105.9FM.

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Andy Akiho

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I falleN TwO, a quintet for string quartet and steel pans, depicts in seven continuous movements the struggles of an individual faced with dualities.  The title embraces multiple in...

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Amy Kirsten

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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Wycliffe Gordon

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I Saw the Light is a composition for brass band commissioned by the Brass Band of Battle Creek and premiered in March 2004. This piece was written to pay homage to one of Michigan’s...

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Wu Wei

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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Wang Jie

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The most recent member of the Joy series, Five Faces of Joy offers five comic ways of smiling: a playful one, a jolly one, a smile from a lover, a smile from a dancing Godzilla, and ...

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Tristan Perich

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

These two pieces are part of a continued exploration of the relationship between traditional acoustic instrumentation and primitive 1-bit electronics. Drawing upon theories of compu...

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Thomas Hojnacki

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The first sound file is the ending of my Symphony No.1. The four-movement work lasts 33 minutes and is scored for a large orchestra consisting of triple woodwinds and a standard com...

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Ted Hearne

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Katrina Ballads is an hour-long piece for a band of five singers and 11 musicians. The text is drawn entirely from primary-source material from the week following Hurricane Katrina:...

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Robin Estrada

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Commissioned by the San Francisco Choral Artists (under Magen Solomon, artistic director), Et Apertum est Templum uses text from the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. This co...

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Richard Carrick

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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Paula Matthusen

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

but because without this (2006/09) for electric guitar quartet is a timbral exploration of the idea of how discrepancies in repetition emerge and, even when unanticipated, seem some...

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Missy Mazzoli

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The title "These Worlds In Us" comes from James Tate's The Lost Pilot, a poem about his father's death in World War II. (In the last line of the poem Tate writes, "misfortune placed...

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Timothy Andres

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I wrote Some Connecticut Gospel in the couple of months leading up to the 2008 presidential election. It’s partly a piece about Charles Ives and how his music and inimitable persona...

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Tyondai Braxton

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Platinum Rows is a large-scale work for orchestra with guitars, electronics and extended percussion. It blends different musical interests into one succinct mission statement. Recon...

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Matt Marks

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Adventures of Albert Fish is a song cycle based on letters and writings of the infamous 1920s serial killer Albert H. Fish. The text of Dear Mrs. Budd is taken verbatim from a ...

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Yu-Hui Chang

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

At the Brink of the Chill was commissioned jointly by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble of San Francisco. Scored...

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Eric Guinivan

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Since my earliest years as a percussionist, it had always been a dream of mine to compose and premiere a work for percussion solo and orchestra. I realized this dream when Concerto fo...

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Alexandre Lunsqui

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Drawings for Iberê was inspired by a series of paintings called Spools, by Brazilian painter Iberê Camargo (1914-1994). These works depict numerous images of spools, which occupy a...

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Marcos Balter

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The idea of sonic transformation is a crucial part of my music. The main concept behind Portmanteaux, written in 2008 and premiered by the International Contemporary Ensemble in the...

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Dylan Mattingly

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sometimes people write music because the world seems off-kilter, because the world seems to be missing something and there's only one way to fix it. And sometimes people write music...

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