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Orpheus performs Feb. 25

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: Feb. 20 | Modified: Feb. 26
Orpheus performs Feb. 25

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will perform Feb. 25 at ASU.

Photo by Larry Fink

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra gives new meaning to “group effort.”

Not only does the award-winning ensemble perform without a conductor, it also integrates musicians into almost every facet of its unique organization.

As the group’s official bio reads, “Orpheus empowers its members and infuses performances with unparalleled energy.”

The High Country can experience this energy firsthand, when Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs Tuesday, Feb. 25, as part of Appalachian State University’s 2014 Performing Arts Series.

In keeping with Orpheus’ creative modus operandi, the Feb. 25 performance will feature a special guest in young violinist Ryu Goto, who, according to The New York Times, “demonstrated his impressive technique and musicality” when performing with the ensemble at Carnegie Hall in 2010.

According to a news release, Orpheus will perform works by J.S. Bach and Tchaikovsky, with Goto joining in for Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

These works are merely a smattering of Orpheus’ extensive repertoire, which includes more than 70 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning “Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures,” and 39 commissioned works.

According to the release, the 2013-14 season marks the orchestra’s 41st year of making music, “while reinventing the way the world thinks about collaboration, outreach and democratic leadership.”

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at ASU’s Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $16 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid IDs. To purchase tickets, visit the Schaefer Center box office, call (828) 262-4046, or visit For more information, visit

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