Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will return to Lafayette for a performance with renowned German violinist Christian Tetzlaff at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 in the Williams Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $29 and can be purchased at http://williamscenter.lafayette.edu/performance-series-2/chamber-music/ or by calling the box office at (610) 330-5009 from noon to 2 p.m., and 4 to 5p.m. on weekdays, plus one hour before the performance.
A 6:30 p.m. rehearsal the day of the performance is free and open to the public.
Christian Tetzlaff, famously picky about orchestral partnerships, was drawn to Orpheus because of his eagerness to tackle Joseph Joachim’s rarely heard Violin Concerto No. 2, and to do so without a conductor’s baton guiding the way, leaving him free to shape his performance “in the moment.”
In describing his 2012 performance with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini wrote, “Working with Mr. Tetzlaff is always an adventure. He plays with consummate technique and intelligent musicianship. Yet for all his taste and beneath that slender, bookish and still youthful appearance (at 46), he is a bold artist with an instinctive feeling for the wild side in music.”
Accentuating the gypsy fire and Hungarian roots of Joachim’s musical pedigree in this presentation at Lafayette, Orpheus will perform two of its own powerhouse works that enlarge this musical spirit: Zoltan Kodály’s “Hungarian Rondo” and Béla Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra.