Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Branford Marsalis
December 26, 2021
Saturday January 15, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Part of the Distinctive Experiences series
The inaugural season of Distinctive Experiences offers three rare opportunities to see and hear world-renowned artists – up close and personal – in the exceptionally intimate Irvine Barclay Theater.
Branford Marsalis, saxophone
Orpheus of chamber Orpheus
ROSSINI: Opening at The Barber of Seville
DEBUSSY: Rhapsody for alto saxophone and orchestra
IBERT: Concertino da camera
TURINE: The oración del torero (“The prayer of the bullfighter”), op. 34
BRYAN: VSarmy, Jazz suite on themes by Bizet (commissioned by Orpheus)
Three-time Grammy winner and revered jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis joins the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for an exciting program by Rossini, Debussy, Turina and Bryan. Also included is that of Ibert Concertino da camera, featured on the Marsalis and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra collaboration album Creation, who reached second place on billboards classical music charts.
Branford Marsalis continued to exercise and develop his skills as an instrumentalist, composer, conductor and educator, transcending stylistic boundaries while maintaining an unwavering creative integrity. Accustomed to classical music, Brandford has performed works by Copland, Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Milhaud, Rorem, Vaughan Williams and Villa-Lobos with prominent orchestras in the United States and Europe, and has served as director creator of the Cincinnati Symphony Ascent Series in 2012-13.
The Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is known for its collaborative leadership style in which musicians, not a conductor, perform the score. Critical acclaim for Orpheus’ live appearances is accompanied by numerous accolades and awards, including a 2001 Grammy Award Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, a 1998 Grammy nomination for his recording of WA Mozart’s piano concertos with Richard Goode, the 1998 Ensemble of the Year Award by Musical america, as well as performances on the Grammy-winning film by Herbie Hancock Gershwin’s world.
“Marsalis told stories with his breath and his body, evoking reverberations at the bottom of a canyon, pipes from the woods, screams of blues and seductive murmurs from his instruments. And, like a great storyteller, he brought out those effects, making every note count, as he created delicious surprises and created a world in the round. –The Times of New Orleans Picayune
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