Fifteen members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra perform a piece by the Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky. Orpheus will play a work by Stravinsky in each of their Carnegie concerts this season.
“Dumbarton Oaks” was written in 1938. It was commissioned by the American diplomat Robert Woods Bliss who wanted to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary with a new work by Stravinsky. It was premiered in the music room of the Bliss home in Washington DC. This Concerto in E-flat for Chamber Orchestra is nicknamed “Dumbarton Oaks”: the name of the Bliss’s estate.