If you missed the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra recent concert at Carnegie Hall, you can repair that loss here.
This orchestra has a distinctive approach to making music. It was founded in 1972 by cellist Julian Fifer
a group of musicians who wanted to perform a diverse orchestral
repertoires as a self governing group. Their website explains they
perform without a conductor, and rotate musical leadership roles for
each work. "The orchestra strives to empower its musicians," it says,
"by integrating them into virtually every fact of the organization,
literally changing the way the world thinks about musicians, conductors,
and orchestras." A core team of leaders selected from the orchestra
leads each particular piece and is responsible for its interpretation
and arranging rehearsals.
Fifer's web site says before leaving
Orpheus in 1999 to found PollyRhythm Productions, he "positioned Orpheus
as an organizational model to help corporations address employee
motivation, problem solving and job satisfaction." He has worked with
multi- national corporations to improve teamwork and creativity.
Bassoonist Frank Morelli
in a Carnegie Hall Playbill interviewhow accomplished, opinionated
soloists are able to "coalesce around the artistic direction of the
soloist" who is taking the lead and playing at a given moment. "We
change on a dime from being leader to being team member through out each
performance." he said, describinghis own technique forinstant
changes. "My goal as a bassoonist is to think as if the soloist were
playing an organ keyboard with a bassoon stop-as if he were playing my
instrument. I'm not going to do it my
way." The members keep
focused on the soloist's vision of the piece and feel shared
responsibility and connection. Learn more about Orpheus performances
Internationally renowned oboe virtuoso Albrecht Mayer
was a guest performer for the ensemble's Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss.
Legend has it that Strauss composed the concert at the request of a young musically gifted American army officer, John de Lancie,
who is said to have met Strauss in occupied Germany in 1945. Sources
differ on that. But a Playbill story says after decades playing oboe
with the Philadelphia Orchestra, de Lancie recorded the Strauss
piecein the 1980s and invited members of Orpheus to accompany him. Why are Planets, Eyeballs, and Billiard Balls all Round?
you are fascinated by celestial spheres, earth's roundness, and
circles in such art as the paintings of Russian master Vasily
Kandinsky, read Natalie Angier's engaging story "The Circular Logic of the Universe"
in the December 8 New York Times
science section. Larry Liebovitch
has studied heavenly orbs and human eyes, and Angier reports his
observations on what makes things round. Liebovitch is a physicist,
astronomer and complexity scholar who is associate dean for graduate
studies and programs at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Sciences and
professor at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at
Florida Atlantic University.Physics accounts for the roundness of some
things, he says, but no one is really sure about the reason for the
shape of human eyeballs.