Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at
The Performing Arts Center

On Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 3pm, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and acclaimed violinist Renaud Capuçon will perform a program titled Change the Frame in the Recital Hall at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College (The Purchase PAC).


Change the Frame opens with View (Un)titled, a new work by composer Hanna Benn. This piece was commissioned by Orpheus for their 50th anniversary, and inspired by works of art in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) collection. Renaud Capuçon is the featured soloist in Prokofiev’s unflinching Sonata in F minor for Violin, Strings, and Percussion Op. 80, arranged by Andrei Pushkarev. Building on the concept of music inspired by art, the program continues with Mussorgsky’s vibrant Pictures at an Exhibition, in a special arrangement by Jannina Norpoth (educator, arranger, violinist for PUBLIQuartet).


“When first commissioned by Orpheus to imagine my own Pictures at an Exhibition, I roamed the MoMA’s halls in early 2022 looking for pieces that spoke to me, and in turn could speak to one another. What resulted is a set of tone poems which move between reflection and celebration, mourning and joy,” says Hanna Benn


The concert will be preceded by an Artist Talk, free to all ticketholders, providing insight and context for audience members.

“The Artist Talks are a valued part of the experience for our patrons and we look forward to re-launching the lobby space as a vital place for audience/artist interaction,” comments Ian Driver, Interim Managing Director of The PAC. He continues: “For 2022-2023, we have curated a season that speaks to our values of innovation and inclusion; we remain steadfast in our commitment to artistic excellence. We will continue many initiatives that were successful prior to the pandemic and that serve a cultural need in the community, such as our long-time relationship with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.”


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is a cultural icon in New York City’s vibrant classical music scene. Famously conductor-less since its inception, Orpheus is built upon a democratic model of operations in which all musicians are equal, all decisions are shared, and all artistic leadership is appointed from within. This season marks a major milestone in the Orchestra’s history, as it reaches its 50th anniversary in 2022/23. At home in New York and in the many concert halls it visits in the U.S. and beyond, Orpheus begins its next fifty years with a renewed commitment to enriching and reflecting the surrounding community. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has been a welcome and regular presence on The Purchase PAC’s stages for more than a decade.


French violinist Renaud Capuçon is firmly established internationally as a major soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He is known and loved for his poise, depth of tone and virtuosity, and he works with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, artists, venues and festivals. 


A composer, vocalist, and genre-spanning collaborator, Hanna Benn has been creating music for over a decade. Her multi-disciplinary approach has incorporated dance, opera, and theater — blurring genre and discovering new sonic landscapes in the process.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Change the Frame with Renaud Capuçon will take place on Sunday, January 22 at 3pm in The Purchase PAC’s Recital Hall. The Artist Talk will begin at 2:15pm. Individual tickets are $80 and $45. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children, Purchase College alumni, veterans, and groups. 


Ticketing and event information can be found on The PAC’s website: https://www.artscenter.org/events/orpheus-chamber-orchestra/