Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet

Orpheus – The Conductorless Orchestra

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower individuals through collaboration, innovation, and a passion for artistic excellence. Orpheus strives to be the world’s premier chamber orchestra by performing music at the highest level, challenging artistic boundaries, inspiring the public to think and work with new perspectives, and building a broad and active audience in New York City and around the world.

A standard-bearer of innovation and artistic excellence, Orpheus was founded in 1972 by a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra. Orpheus performs without a conductor, rotating musical leadership roles for each work, and striving to perform diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered over 45 original works.

Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet
Fire and Light Tour

After 45 years, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and its road-tested principles of democratic leadership still generate fresh discoveries in musical expression. With distinguished guest soloists coming from around the globe, and commissioned composers supplying diverse new perspectives, the 2017-18 Series at Carnegie Hall shows Orpheus expanding its mission of collaboration and connection.

In February, Orpheus welcomes Norway’s young trumpet sensation Tine Thing Helseth for a program sure to fill you with FIRE AND LIGHT, once you hear the blazing clarity and angelic beauty of her Bach and Albinoni renditions. A cheeky Rossini overture and a dapper Haydn nocturne play up the lighter side of the Classical repertoire, while Mozart’s 40th Symphony smolders with passion and drama.

Even at 21, Rossini knew how to light up an opera audience—in the Overture to Il signor Bruschino, he had them laughing before the curtain went up, thanks to some well-timed taps on the violinists’ music stands. Haydn was a dazzling entertainer himself, as heard in the witty “night music” he adapted for London’s adoring crowds. Mozart, in a time of debt and desperation, forged his most intense symphony, No. 40 in G minor. Norway’s Tine Thing Helseth, in her first appearance on the main stage of Carnegie Hall, brings illuminating adaptations of concertos by Bach and Albinoni. Two of the most heavenly slow movements ever written accentuate the voice-like intimacy of Helseth’s trumpet interpretations.