The five programs of the 18th season of IRIS celebrate the diversity of the American musical experience and bring to the GPAC stage artists who reflect the rich diversity of musical talent across the United States and around the world. Guest artists include award-winning newcomers Julia Bullock, Elena Urioste, and Orion Weiss, as well as Branford Marsalis, a leading member of one of America’s pre-eminent musical dynasties. Plus, we take particular pride in welcoming Mayu Kishima, the first-prize winner of the Isaac Stern/Shanghai International Violin Competition.
April 21-22, 2018
Catch a Rising Star! Elena Urioste performs with IRIS Orchestra on April 21stat 8:00 PM and April 22nd at 2:00 PM.The program will include Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss, Korngold’s Violin Concerto, and Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3. A longtime member of IRIS Orchestra, Urioste is now an up-and-coming soloist of growing renown. She was recently named a BBC New Generation Artist and the winner of first prizes at both Sion and Sphinx International Violin Competitions, as well as an inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence.
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 second year, the IRIS Artist Fellowship residency program offers emerging musicians a year of outstanding performance experience alongside guided opportunity to exercise their passion for community service through music education. Chosen through national auditions, this year’s Fellows are Marcos Santos, violin; Eugenio Figueroa, viola; and Dara Hankins, cello. They can be seen and heard performing throughout the Greater Memphis area. The program will continue in the 2018-2019 season and recruitment for fellows has already begun
SAT @8 OR SUN @2
IRIS Orchestra now offers two performances of each concert program. The Saturday evening concert is repeated on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM. Featuring the same music, musicians, and guest artists as the evening concerts, the Sunday matinees create additional capacity while giving our audiences scheduling flexibility and the opportunity for upgraded seating. Either way, we will provide you with delightful entertainment which is reported to have both healing properties and a positive effect on mood and stress.