The Violin Channel and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has today announced the launch of a new 2 day all-day VC Orpheus Festival – set to take place across The Violin Channel’s facebook and instagram pages on Friday and Saturday the 24th and 25th of April.
Sponsored by Rare Violins of New York, the two day online extravaganza will feature Orpheus musicians in living room concerts, fun cooking shows and informative Q&As – plus full broadcast concert performances from the Orpheus archives.
The VC Orpheus Festival will have a two-day fundraising goal of $25,000 – with all donations made going directly to support the Orpheus Emergency Fund to bolster the orchestra’s commitment to continue paying musicians and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donations can be made at www.orpheusnyc.org/donate
The full VC Orpheus Festival schedule to feature:
Friday April 24th, 2020
VC Living Room Concert with Orpheus violist Dov Scheindlin
Discussion with Orpheus violinists Abigail Fayette, Laura Frautschi and Richard Rood
Cellist Mischa Maisky & Orpheus – Recorded at the 92nd Street Y in New York in October 2017
VC Living Room Concert with Orpheus violist Dana Kelley
Cooking, Cocktails & Pre-Concert Talk with Orpheus Artistic Director and cellist James Wilson
Bandoneonist JP Jofre & Orpheus – Recorded as part of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts in New York in August 2019
Saturday April 25th
VC “Ask Me Anything” with Orpheus cellist Jonathan Spitz
VC Living Room Concert with Orpheus Artistic Director and violinist Miho Saegusa
Discussion with Orpheus cellists Eric Bartlett, Jonathan Spitz, James Wilson, Melissa Meell, and special guest Alisa Weilerstein
Orpheus & Alisa Weilerstein – Recorded at the Reformed Church of Bronxville, NY in March 2017
VC Living Room Concert with Orpheus cellist Eric Bartlett
Cooking, Cocktails & Pre-Concert Talk with Orpheus violist Nardo Poy
Cellist VC Young Artist Santiago Cañón-Valencia, harpist Emmanuel Ceysson & Orpheus – Recorded at the Cartagena International Music Festival, in Colombia in January 2016
Formed in 1972 in New York City, Orpheus is unique in their makeup as they perform as a collective without a conductor – in which all 34 musicians rotate leadership roles democratically.
The ensemble has recorded over 70 albums on all major classical labels, toured to 46 countries across four continents – and collaborated with hundreds of world-class soloists.