This concert modifies the standard triptych of 3 Bs in classical music (Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms) with works by Barber and Britten. The combination of endearing works on this program, on top of soprano Kate Royal’s first collaboration with Orpheus, will be a true treat this concert season. Royal, known for her meltingly rich voice, exquisite musicality and an intense stage presence at opera houses around the world, joins us for Benjamin Britten’s magical Les Illuminations, which sets to music nine prose poems of Arthur Rimbaud’s famous work. Barber’s Capricorn Concerto, written in a remarkably contemporary tonal style for its day, showcases several Orpheus musicians in a piece that seems tailor-made to display their virtuosity. Performing Beethoven’s seventh symphony marks an Orpheus milestone, as we take on this lively and sweeping masterpiece for the first time.

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