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Mozart’s Viennese classicism, a work by Samuel Barber, and a recent chamber symphony by America’s reigning master composer, John Adams, will provide an intriguing foundation for the final Orpheus Chamber Orchestra program of the year 8 p.m. today at the Williams Center for the Arts.

Mozart’s charming Symphony No. 29, filled with youthful spirit and elegant melodic flow, balances well with one of Adams’ most accomplished musical statements and Barber’s iconic “Adagio for Strings.” “Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra,” Robert Aldridge’s commissioned work for Orpheus clarinetist David Singer — yet another Orpheus premiere at Lafayette — adds a jazzy richness to the program.

Tickets are free with student ID, $4 for faculty and staff, and $27 for the public. They can be purchased by calling the box office at 610-330-5009.

The New York Times writes of Singer, “To describe his playing would be to enumerate a catalogue of virtues.”

Co-principal clarinet of Orpheus since 1978, Singer has performed as a soloist and/or chamber music artist in more than 50 countries and is featured on more than 70 recordings, ranging in style from a Max Reger Sonata with Rudolf Serkin (“One could not imagine more persuasive advocates,” states High Fidelity Magazine) to Henri Lazarof’s Clarinet Concerto with New York Chamber Symphony and Gerard Schwarz. Many of the recordings have won awards, including a Grammy in 2001.

His appearances have included co-starring with Stockard Channing in “The Lady and the Clarinet,” a performance with Yehudi Menuhin (Bartok Contrasts) in Carnegie Hall, two performances at the White House for Presidents Clinton and Carter, and “Chamber Music at the ‘Y’” with Jaime Laredo. Music festivals where Singer has performed include Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Spoleto, Bath, Edinburgh, and Salzburg.

Recognized internationally as one of the world’s great chamber orchestras, Grammy Award-winning Orpheus is celebrating its 32nd season with concert activity spanning three continents, including appearances in major cities of North America, Europe, and Asia.

Williams Center audiences enjoy Orpheus’ final polishing of its award-winning recording projects, major international tours, and numerous Carnegie Hall programs. Its Lafayette series has included many guest appearances by musicians later showcased by Orpheus at Carnegie Hall, from countertenor Andreas Scholl and bassist Edgar Meyer to saxophonist Branford Marsalis and violinist Gil Shaham. Local audiences have been treated to musicians unlikely to be heard in other roles: pianists Jeffrey Kahane, Andre Watts, Cecile Licad, and Olli Mustonen; violinists Shaham and Elmar Oliveira; vocalists Scholl, Nathalie Stutzman, Milagro Vargas, and Carmen Pelton; and bassist Meyer.

Orpheus also has received numerous distinctions and awards, including a 2001 Grammy Award for Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, three 1999 Grammy Awards for its jazz-inspired Ravel and Gershwin collaboration with Herbie Hancock, a 1998 Grammy nomination for its recording of Mozart piano concertos with Richard Goode, and the 1998 “Ensemble of the Year” award by Musical America.

Orpheus was founded in 1972 by cellist Julian Fifer and a group of fellow musicians who aspired to perform chamber orchestral repertory as chamber music through their own close collaborative efforts, and without a conductor. Orpheus developed its approach to the study and performance of this repertory by bringing to the orchestral setting the chamber music principles of personal involvement and mutual respect. Orpheus is a self-governing organization, making the repertory and interpretive decisions ordinarily assumed by a conductor. Holt/NY Times Books published a book about Orpheus and its management model, Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World’s Only Conductorless Orchestra, written by former Orpheus executive director Harvey Seifter and business writer Peter Economy.

Members of Orpheus have received recognition for solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances. Of the 18 string and 10 wind players who comprise the basic membership of Orpheus, many also hold teaching positions at prominent conservatories and universities in the New York and New England areas, including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Montclair State University, Mannes College of Music, and Columbia and Yale Universities.

The Orpheus recording legacy consists of nearly 70 albums. Included in the catalogue of over 50 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon are Baroque masterworks of Handel, Corelli, and Vivaldi, Haydn symphonies, Mozart symphonies and serenades, the complete Mozart wind concerti with Orpheus members as soloists, Romantic works by Dvorák, Grieg, and Tchaikovsky, and a number of 20th-century classics by Bartók, Prokofiev, Fauré, Ravel, Schoenberg, Ives, Copland and Stravinsky. Recent collaborations include a recording of English and American folk songs with countertenor Andreas Scholl (Decca); Creation, a jazz-inspired CD of classics from 1920s Paris with saxophonist Branford Marsalis (SONY Classical); and a critically acclaimed series of recordings of Mozart piano concertos with Richard Goode (Nonesuch).

During the 2003-04 season, Orpheus performed with some of the world’s finest soloists in concerts at Carnegie Hall and on tour in the United States and Europe: Watts, Meyer, Jennifer Larmore, Sarah Chang, and Zhang Qiang. Orpheus also presented the New York premieres of works by Meyer and Tan Dun. It continued its series of concerts at Trinity Church and its educational programs at Baruch College/CUNY and in New York City elementary, middle, and high schools. The season marked the launch of a major new multimedia outreach program, 3 Places, designed to bring composers together with diverse communities throughout New York City.

The nationally recognized Performance Series at Lafayette attracts more than 10,000 people each season. It has been cited for performing excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, Chamber Music America, Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund, Pennsylvania Arts and Humanities Councils, and Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

The 2004-05 Performance Series at Lafayette is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by the F.M. Kirby Foundation; by provisions of the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Foundation, and Croasdale Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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