Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Premieres Elegy for Victims of War

January 3, 2017

ATLANTA (January 3, 2017)—Emory welcomes Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to Emerson Concert Hall in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Friday, January 20 at 8 p.m. The concert’s program includes the world premiere of “a canticle of shadows” by Emory’s Richard Prior, as well as Mendelssohn’s symphonic recollections of Scotland and the orchestra’s first-ever rendition of Tchaikovsky’s sweeping Violin Concerto.

Richard Prior’s “a canticle of shadows” draws inspiration from images emanating from the conflict zones of Syria and Eastern Ukraine, the Middle East, and the migrant crisis in Europe.

“The aura of devastation and hopelessness that radiates from these photographs permeates the tapestry of social and mainstream media,” reflects Prior. “They are moments of realism frozen in time; static—yet telling a visceral story when we pause to absorb them.” The work evokes the rhythm of breath by oscillating between restrained dynamics and expressive harmonies and finds resolution in a simple codetta allowing for a window of contemplation.

The concert also includes Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35, a perennial favorite due to its luscious melodies, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, featuring some of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching music of his career.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts’ Emerson Concert Hall, Friday, January 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from the Arts at Emory Box Office (1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30322) in person, by phone at 404.727.5050, or online at tickets.arts.emory.edu. Full price tickets are $60, $48 for qualifying discount category members, $10 for Emory students. Additional information at arts.emory.edu.

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