Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Legends Old and New

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The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra rings in its 39th season with a program that includes a Medieval fable and the world premiere of a commissioned piece from an up-and-coming composer.

In Mendelssohn’s Fair Melusina, a mermaid poses as a human six days a week, but trouble erupts when her husband’s curiosity gets the best of him.

The world premiere commission comes from Cynthia Wong is the first of four rising composers commissioned through Project 440.

Haydn’s Symphony No. 73 and Brahms's monumental Violin Concerto (a first for Orpheus) with violinist Gil Shaham round out the program.

WQXR broadcasts the opening night concert from Carnegie Hall live at 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 13, with host Elliott Forrest.

Program Details:

Mendelssohn: Fair Melusina
Cynthia Wong: Memoriam (Project 440 commission, World Premiere)
Haydn: Symphony No. 73, “La Chasse”
Brahms: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77

Video: Memoriam by Cynthia Wong, a Project 440 commission