Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2018-2019

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Photo credit: Zach Allan Creative Agency: Molina Visuals

Jan Lisiecki
photo by Christoph Köstlin, courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon

Coolidge Auditorium

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Jan Lisiecki, piano

Wrapping up our wonderful 2018-2019 season is the excellent, standard-setting Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, performing music of Felix Mendelssohn with the young Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki. “Edge of the seat intensity” (New York Times) is an identifying characteristic for Orpheus, known for conductorless concerts that impart the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble. It’s a rare experience to hear both a symphony and a concerto in one Coolidge Auditorium evening, especially enjoyable with electrifying partners like these. Valerie Coleman’s Phenomenal Women caps off the concert; inspired by a Maya Angelou poem, her composition honors a trio who truly fit that description: Maya Angelou, Serena Williams, and Michelle Obama—with a final movement bearing a universal dedication: “Every Woman.”


Phenomenal Women, Version for Chamber Orchestra


Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, op. 25
Symphony no. 4 in A major (“Italian”), op. 90

6:30 pm – Whittall Pavilion