The mission of IRIS Orchestra is to provide outstanding experiences in the concert hall, the classroom and throughout the Mid-South community through musical, educational, and mentoring endeavors.
Hanzhi Wang, accordion
Feb. 16 & Feb. 17
Praised for her remarkable stage presence and technically brilliant performances, Hanzhi Wang is the first accordionist to join the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 57-year history of discovering extraordinary young classical musicians. To showcase this incredible talent, we’ve put together an especially ambitious and inventive program, filled with intrigue, imagination, and splendor. This is a show you simply won’t want to miss. Learn more about the Saturday concert at GPAC or Sunday concert at Brooks Museum.
In the 2018-2019 season, IRIS Orchestra is introducing two different series: the traditional Orchestral Series at the Germantown Performing Arts Center on Saturday evenings and now a new Chamber Music Series at the Brooks Museum on Sunday afternoons. In true IRIS Orchestra fashion, both series will feature incredible guest artists alongside IRIS musicians. The Saturday Series will consist of five concerts featuring the following artists: renown violinist Midori, the University of Memphis Chorus, classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang, inspiring pianist Inon Barnatan, and up-and-coming violinist Itamar Zorman. The Sunday Series will consist of four concerts with the same guest artists (excluding the University of Memphis in December). Subscriptions are available for one or both series now. Call (901) 751-7669 or Click Here for more information. Learn more
IRIS ARTIST FELLOWS
For the third year, the IRIS Artist Fellowship residency program offers emerging musicians a year of outstanding performance experience alongside guided opportunities to exercise their passion for community service through music education. Chosen through national auditions, this year’s Fellows are Carrington Truehart, cello and Rosa Ortega, viola. Together they keep a busy schedule mentoring young musicians in Memphis area schools, creating community-building music opportunities, and performing as members of IRIS Orchestra and as a chamber ensemble.
SUNDAY CHAMBER SERIES
This season, in addition to the Saturday evening orchestral performances at GPAC, IRIS Orchestra is offering a Sunday afternoon music series at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art featuring solo and chamber music. Beginning October 14th, this Sunday series will feature the same fabulous guest artists from the Saturday evening orchestral series in addition to a smaller ensemble of IRIS orchestra musicians. Please note: the Saturday series and Sunday series are separate and will not feature the same repertoire. To purchase a subscription to either/both series, please call the IRIS Orchestra office at (901) 751-7669.