The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra begins its 2011-12 season on October 13 at New York’s Carnegie Hall with a program of Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Brahms, plus the world premiere of Cynthia Wong’s Memoriam, the first of four works resulting from Project 440, an initiative to commission four emerging composers to celebrate the orchestra’s upcoming 40th anniversary in 2012. The other three composers with Project 440 world premieres set for this season are Andrew Norman, Clint Needham, and Alex Mincek. Other highlights of Orpheus’s season are a yearlong artist-in-residence appointment at the University of Maryland as part of the Orpheus Institute, a leadership training program for young musicians and university students; and the orchestra’s first composer in residence, Gabriel Kahane, who will curate and perform four concerts for Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space and compose a song cycle for the orchestra, in which Kahane will serve as soloist. Orpheus also reported a $400,000 surplus at the close of its fiscal year in September 2011.

Posted October 13, 2011