Recognized internationally as one of the world’s greatest orchestras, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will perform with Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the Williams Center for the Arts.
The program will include Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s haunting concerto No. 2 in G minor, Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki’s dark and romantic Serenade (1966), Robert Schumann’s rhapsodic Overture to Herman und Dorothea, and Brahms’ Serenade No. 2 in A major.
Gluzman is lauded worldwide by critics and audiences alike as a performer of great depth and virtuosity whose technique and sensibility harkens back to the golden age of violinists, while possessing the passion and energy of the 21st century. He has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and in a duo setting with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe.
Orpheus is a self-governing organization, making the repertory and interpretive decisions ordinarily assumed by a conductor through a collaborative effort. Orpheus has received numerous distinctions and awards, including a 2001 Grammy Award for Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, a 1999 Grammy Award for its jazz-inspired Ravel and Gershwin collaboration with Herbie Hancock, a 1998 Grammy nomination for its recording of Mozart piano concerti with Richard Goode, and the 1998 “Ensemble of the Year” award by Musical America.
Tickets are free for Lafayette students, $6 for students at LVAIC schools, $5 for faculty and staff, and $27 for the public. They can be obtained by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.
Other performances in the 2010-11 Chamber Music series will be Piffaro with King’s Noyse and soprano Ellen Hargis, March 9, $18 and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, April 16, $22.
The 2010–2011 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Dr. Aaron O. Litwak ’42 Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for its sustaining support.