Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: American Originals

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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: