Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: American Originals

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Genre-bending composer/performer Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Yo-Yo Ma's The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Nickel Creek) makes his Orpheus debut with his own Mandolin Concerto during a program highlighting American greats from the past, the present and possibly the future. WQXR broadcasts the concert live from Carnegie Hall on Sat., March 24 at 7 pm, with hosts David Garland and Midge Woolsey.

The evening opens with the world premiere of a suite from Leonard Bernstein’s one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti, a deeply moving blend of musical theater and classical traditions arranged by another distinguished American composer, Paul Chihara.

Thile, highly regarded for his mandolin work across bluegrass, jazz and classical, follows with his Mandolin Concerto.

The second world premiere on the program comes from Clint Needham, whose When We Forget is the third of four world premieres from rising composers commissioned through Project 440.

The program concludes with Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

 

Program details:

Leonard Bernstein/arr. Paul Chihara: Suite for Small Orchestra from Trouble In Tahiti (World Premiere)

Chris Thile: Mandolin Concerto

Clint Needham: When We Forget (Project 440 World Premiere)

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite

Video: When We Forget by Clint Needham, a Project 440 commission:

Comments [2]

GJ Atwood-Waller from NW NJ

We were glad hear Chris Thile play classical mandolin at Carnegie... We've watched him since Nickle Creek played at Rhythm & Roots (RI),
then Grey Fox (NY) and MerleFest (NC). The way he led the orchestra with his mandolin last night was marvelous. I'd like to see him be invited to play with Andre Rieu next!

I was glad to hear of the work Orpheus is doing. Wish we could have also seen your performance at Lafayette College... The Alzheimer project, When We Forget is a very timely and special arrangement... It was a very witty piece.

On such a lovely spring day in NYC, and the 100th anniversary of the cherry blossoms; it was even more special to hear last night's show end with Appalachian Spring Suite.

Mar. 26 2012 01:08 AM
DAVID MICHAELS

I JUST LISTENED TO CLINT NEEDHAM'S "WHEN WE FORGET" LIVE FROM CARNEGIE HALL
LOVED IT. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF IT HAS BEEN RECORDED - I WOULD LIKE TO BUY IT. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE THIS INFORMATION AN PERHAPS WHERE IT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE - HOPEFULLY THROUGH THE INTERNET. THANK YOU

Mar. 24 2012 09:01 PM

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