Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will return to Naumburg Orchestral Concerts for the series’ 114th season on August 6, held this year in Temple Emanu-El due to repairs on the iconic Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park.
The free program, titled Pasión – A Concert Of Spanish/South American Music, features bandoneon virtuoso JP Jofre in his own composition Tangodromo 1 for bandoneon and strings (2016) and Piazzolla’s Adiós Nonino for bandoneon and strings. Orpheus recorded Jofre’s Double Concerto for Violin and Bandoneon with Jofre and violinist Michael Guttman for a 2018 release on the Progressive Sounds Label.
The program also includes Turina’s La Oración del torero, Op. 34; Rodrigo’s Zarabanda lejana y villancico; Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasilieras No. 9; Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Chasqui and Coqueteos” from Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout; and Ponce’s Estampas Nocturnas.
RSVP to the event online. The event is FREE but requires tickets, available online or by registering with a form at the door.
About Bandoneonist JP Jofre
Native from San Juan, Argentina, JP Jofre is an award winning bandoneon player and composer. He has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. His music has been recorded by 16-time Grammy-winner Paquito D’ Rivera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Kathryn Stott. Jofre is a recipient of the National Prize of the Arts grant in Argentina, he has taken his form of contemporary Tango to some of the most important festivals around the world including Celebrity Series of Boston and Umbria Jazz Festival, among others. As soloist he has appeared with the San Antonio Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Argentina's NSO to name a few. JP has also given lectures at Google Talks, TEDtalks and The Juilliard School. He is currently writing two double concertos commissioned by clarinetist producer Sunny Kang and violinists Francisco Fullana and Michael Guttman co-commissioned by Classical Music Institute of San Antonio, Balearic Islands Symphony, and Metropolis Ensemble. Learn more at JPJofre.com.
About Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Orpheus believes in empowering the unique voice of all people to make a valuable contribution. Working together as a collective of leaders, members explore each other’s musical ideas using their signature collaborative method, the Orpheus Process®, and give flight to vibrant, unconventional interpretations. Orpheus performances unfold dynamically, moment-by-moment, creating an energy shared by musicians and audiences alike.
Now in its 46th year, the Grammy Award-winning ensemble was founded by a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra and has performed without the use of a conductor since its inception. Musicians rotate leadership roles for all rehearsals and performances as well as organizational capacities such as programming and governance.
Orpheus has recorded over 70 albums on all major classical labels, including a February 2019 release on Deutsche Grammophon of Mendelssohn concertos with pianist Jan Lisiecki. The group has commissioned and premiered 49 new works for chamber orchestra. Orpheus presents an annual performance series in New York City featuring collaborations with world-class guest soloists. A touring ensemble, Orpheus has performed in major international venues across 167 cities in 46 countries across four continents and has appeared regularly in Japan for 30 years.
Orpheus is committed to sharing its collaborative Process® with communities worldwide through engagement programs that promote equity and access to classical music for all ages and demographics. These include underwritten concert tickets and in-class visits from musicians for K-12 NYC students, development programs for emerging professionals in the arts, and Orpheus Reflections, a music and wellness program for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia and their caregivers.
For more information about Orpheus, visit www.OrpheusNYC.org.
About Naumburg Orchestral Concerts
Since 1905, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts has presented free, outdoor classical music concerts to New Yorkers of all walks of life. The series seeks to stimulate and encourage new and expanded audiences for classical music in the informal and beautiful setting of Central Park. It is the oldest continuous free outdoor western classical music concert series in the world. The Naumburg Orchestral Concerts is a non-profit organization managed by a volunteer board of trustees; contributions toward its programs are fully tax-deductible.