On February 7, 2015, Orpheus was proud to premiere the American Notes commission by Timo Andres at Carnegie Hall. As a Composers Club member, thank you for making this possible. The New York Times said:
“’Word of Mouth’ by Timo Andres is an exhilarating chamber symphony suffused with optimism but also seemingly filled with the clamor of conflicting ambitions and egos. In fact two of the work’s five movements are fanfares, with the first made up of overlapping rising motifs that create a bright, eager, clamor. In the fourth movement these elements return in a more domesticated form, colored by some beautifully refined writing for winds.
The music has a uniquely American neo-Classical flavor harking back to the fresh simplicity of shape note singing and Shaker furniture. The orchestra played with the kind of conviction and sensitivity usually accorded to standards.”
Click here to read the rest of the New York Times review of the Orpheus performance.
Timo, along with Orpheus commissioned composers Andrew Norman (Apart, Together – 2011 premiere) and Gabriel Kahane (Gabriel’s Guide… – 2013 premiere), were also quoted in a feature article on contemporary composer Thomas Adés. Read it here.
Orpheus’ American Notes commissions continue with a new work by Turkish composer Fazil Say, which premieres at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Get tickets here.