Listen: Orpheus and Nobuyuki Tsujii in Central Park

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Twilight in Central Park as Orpheus performs Mozart's Symphony No. 29. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

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

Hosted by:

Annie Bergen

Produced by:

Aaron Dalton

Comments [8]

rubens h bergel from Brazil. São Paulo. São Paulo

Dearest Annie Bergen ...

We, Rubens H Oelsner Bergel and Miriam Bettina Bergel Oelsner are your most loyal listeners. Very curious our very close names (Berg…)

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We have to tell you that there doesn't exist Brazilian Tango - Tango is an Dance.

Ernesto Nazare criawedsong on a very important style called CHORINHO, it has nothing to do with ARGENTINIAN TANGO!!!!!!!!!!!

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Best regards from your very loyal listeners.

Miriam & Rubens

Jul. 13 2016 12:00 PM
M. L. Liu from California, USA

I want to thank you for making the Central Park concert listenable on demand. Much appreciated! I want to let you know that I have heard from some people, including one who is visually-impaired, that the play button for the podcast is difficult to find on the page.
I found it, but only after some trail-and-errors, and I can see how it can be confusing to some.

Jul. 01 2016 06:43 PM

Great show! Thank you so much for the effort! #WQXRSUMMER :)

Jun. 29 2016 07:03 PM

Wonderful to hear the concert actually in Central Park this evening. It was superb, including two (count them, two) encores by Nobu. And Orpheus was superb, as always. There were sprinkles but no real rain.


Jun. 28 2016 11:05 PM
M. L. Liu from California, USA

This was a triumphant performance. We listened in California and hope that people in the park can hear it as well as we did. Thanks in particualr for the generous air time for Nobu. Any chance that the broadcast can be listened to online (i.e., as a podcast)?

Jun. 28 2016 10:08 PM
Yvette Schlussel from New York

Beautiful concert, spectacular performance by Nobu and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Jun. 28 2016 08:50 PM

Weather permitting, I plan to be there in Central Park on Tuesday evening.


Jun. 27 2016 08:49 AM
M. L. Liu from California, USA

Earlier this month, Nobuyuki Tsujii and the Orpheus were in Japan on tour. They played a program similar to this one to full houses in 10 top venues, including Tokyo's Suntory Hall. The tour was a great success.

This performance in Central Park is Nobu's first open-air concert, and Nobu's fans in Japan I imagine are envious of the opportunity for people in this country to see him perform FREE. Anyway, I and other Nobu fans greatly look forward to listening to this broadcast -- thank you very much, WQXR and the Naumburg Concerts!


Jun. 24 2016 05:41 PM

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