Following its U.S. premiere of Brett Dean’s String Quartet No. 2, “And once I played Ophelia” at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival this past summer, the Orion String Quartet (Daniel Phillips, violin; Todd Phillips, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; and Timothy Eddy, cello) performs two concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
February 6 features violinist Ida Kavafian and flutist Tara Helen O’Connor with a program of works by Mozart, Boccherini, Beethoven and Haydn. The Quartet’s sold out,all-Haydn concert on February 26, which is part of Lincoln Center’s winter festival Intimate Expressions, will be streamed live on the CMS website. Noted for their European interpretations of Haydn’s works, according to The New York Times the quartet “played [String Quartet in C] with energetic brio and graceful poise.”
Over the past 27 seasons the Orion String Quartet has been consistently praised for the fresh perspective and individuality it brings to performances. One of the most sought-after ensembles in the United States, the members of the Orion String Quartet—violinists Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips (brothers who share the first violin chair equally), violist Steven Tenenbom and cellist Timothy Eddy—have worked closely with such legendary figures as Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Peter Serkin, members of TASHI and the Beaux Arts Trio, as well as the Budapest, Végh, Galimir and Guarneri String Quartets.
The Quartet remains on the cutting edge of programming with wide-ranging commissions from composers Chick Corea, Brett Dean, David Del Tredici, Alexander Goehr, Thierry Lancino, John Harbison, Leon Kirchner, Marc Neikrug, Lowell Liebermann, Peter Lieberson and Wynton Marsalis, and has enjoyed a celebrated creative partnership with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
The Orion Quartet's recordings reflect its musical diversity. The ensemble has achieved an enviable reputation for its interpretations of Beethoven's string quartets, and has recorded the complete cycle for KOCH International Classics. Its 2010 Bridge Records release of various Peter Lieberson works featured the premiere recording of the composer’s Piano Quintet with Peter Serkin. In addition to the complete Beethoven quartets, the Orion released Leon Kirchner's complete string quartets on Albany Records. Past recordings also include Wynton Marsalis's first classical composition for strings, At the Octoroon Balls (String Quartet No. 1) for Sony Classical, Dvorák's "American" String Quartet and Piano Quintet with Peter Serkin and Mendelssohn's Octet with the Guarneri String Quartet, both on Arabesque.
“A noisy standing ovation is nothing rare... but silence can be an even better indicator of a powerful performance. These musicians manage to seduce a rustling, coughing, whispering audience into utterly silent awe.”
-The New York Times
ORION STRING QUARTET
Daniel Phillips, violin
Todd Phillips, violin
Steven Tenenbom, viola
Timothy Eddy, cello
Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:30 PM
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
with Ida Kavafian, violin and Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
HAYDN: Quartet in G minor
BEETHOVEN: Serenade in D major, Op. 25
BOCCHERINI: Quintet in G major, G. 431, Op. 55, No. 1
MOZART: Quintet in D, K. 593
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Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:30 PM
Rose Studio, Lincoln Center
HAYDN: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5
HAYDN: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 33, No. 2, “The Joke”
HAYDN: Quartet in C major, Op. 50, No. 2
HAYDN: Quartet in F major, Op. 77, No. 2
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Orion String Quartet website
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center website