Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Live in Central Park

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The Naumburg Bandshell with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

One of the many summer activities in Central Park is the Naumburg Orchestra Concerts series. This musical tradition has been going on since 1905. The event was initiated by philanthropist Elkan Naumburg a German immigrant who wanted to provide free music for the New Yorkers. 

The concerts were initially given in a small band stand in Central Park's Mall. Naumburg later initiated and donated the construction of a Bandshell, the Naumburg Bandshell. The limestone structure that was designed by his nephew opened in 1923 and has been the venue for the concerts ever since. In 1992 the Parks Department announced plans to demolish the bandshell, this was fortunately prevented by a lawsuit in 1993.

This evening the first concert in the 2012 series was scheduled to take place, featuring the famous New York Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Two unique characteristic of Orpheus are the fact that they play without conductor and that they rotate the musical roles within the orchestra. A very original concept. The concert was broadcasted live by the classical station WQXR.

Tonight's program:
- Rossini - Il Signor Bruschino Overture
- Grieg - Holberg Suite, Op. 40
- Mozart - Symphony No. 29 in A major, KV 201
- Bartók - Romanian Folk Dances 

Willem and Lot went ahead, I had to finish some administration. So I listened to the 1st half of the concert on the radio, traveled to the park in the intermission and joined them to listen at the 2nd half, live. Those are the perks of living close to Central Park!

The concert can be listened at on the WQXR website, see here. And remember, it was live! So ignore the helicopters!

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