Listen: Orpheus and Nobuyuki Tsujii in Central Park
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, an all-Beethoven concert by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii was broadcast live from Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell. WQXR's Annie Bergen hosted the concert, part of the 111th season of free performances at the bandshell.
The program opens with the Coriolan Overture, which is in the same key and invokes a similar expressiveness as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, composed one year later. The Fifth Symphony closes the program. In between, you'll hear Tsujii, the joint winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as soloist in the Emperor Concerto. Tsujii has overcome his blindness to perform at the world's leading venues, including Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London and Vienna's Musikverein.
Founded in 1972, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is known for performing without a conductor. Instead, it rotates musical leadership roles for each work and strives to perform diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue. In addition to its annual series at Carnegie Hall, Orpheus tours nationally and internationally.
Listen to the interview with and performance by Tsujii from his 2014 appearance at The Greene Space:
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Program (all works by Beethoven):
Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, “Emperor Concerto”, Op. 73
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, “Fate”, Op. 67