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Subscriptions to both series are available now by calling the IRIS Orchestra office at (901) 751-7669.

Please make note of the new concert times below.

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2018–2019 Saturday Series
GPAC at 7:30 PM


October 13, 2018

Midori, violin

December 1, 2018
University of Memphis Chorus

February 16, 2019
Hanzhi Wang, accordion

March 16, 2019
Inon Barnatan, piano

April 27, 2019
Itamar Zorman, violin

Midori
October 13, 2018

THE MAGIC OF MIDORI
Guest Artist: Midori, violin

 

Rouse: Ku-Ka-llimoku
Bernstein: Serenade for violin and orchestra
Bizet/Shchedrin: Carmen Suite

 

One of the biggest names in classical music return to join IRIS Orchestra in a spectacular celebration of the centennial of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), regarded as a singular figure in American cultural history. This concert features an innovative, percussion-driven arrangement of Hawaiian chant and is highlighted by a performance from the incredible Midori, one of the legendary violinists of this generation. This is an evening that’s sure to be high-spirited, captivating, and moving.

7:30 PM
at GPAC

University of Memphis
December 1, 2018

SEASON OF WONDER
Guest Artist: University of Memphis Chorus

Lallerstedt: Mumbo Jumbo
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus
Rouse: Karoliju
J. Strauss: Fledermaus Overture

Get an early start to the holiday season with the inventive, upbeat and festive concert that’s unlike any other performance you’ll attend this year. Filled with familiar, well-loved compositions and unexpected revelations, it’s a show that’s sure to fill your heart with good cheer. This celebration of the holiday season features an especially imaginative interpretation of Christmas carols by contemporary composer Christopher Rouse that’s both surprising and enchanting. Incorporating such varied pieces as Barber’s Souvenirs and Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful Ave Verum Corpus, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill holiday program. Joy to the World, indeed.

7:30 PM
at GPAC

Hanzhi Wang
February 16, 2019

BOLD NEW WORLD
Guest Artist: Hanzhi Wang, accordion

 

Clyne: Within Her Arms (2008-2009)
Corigliano: Snapshot: Circa 1901 (2011)
Bach: Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

 

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. One of the shining stars of the young and upcoming generation of classical accordionists, already she has successfully toured all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician and has cultivated a large following of avid fans. To showcase this incredible talent, we’ve put together an especially ambitious and inventive program, filled with intrigue, imagination and splendor, a blend of the classical and contemporary designed to intrigue and captivate our audience. This is a show you simply won’t want to miss.

 

7:30 PM
at GPAC

Inon Barnatan
March 16, 2019

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
Guest Artist: Inon Barnatan, piano

Cowell: Symphony No. 10
Haydn: Symphony No. 99
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3

 

Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most admired pianists of his generation,” Inon Barnatan is a force of nature at the keyboard. His immeasurable talent and artistry make this Israeli pianist in demand across the country and around the world. We’ve put together a bold and creative program, most of which has never been performed before by IRIS Orchestra. It’s certain to be a concert that will lift your spirit and feed your soul.

7:30 PM
at GPAC

Itamar Zorman
April 27, 2019

STRAIGHT FROM THE SOUL
Guest Artist: Itamar Zorman, violin

 

Martinu: Overture
Dvořák: Violin Concert
Brahms: Serenade No. 1

 

Up-and-coming violin virtuoso Itamar Zorman is a brilliant performer who has wowed audiences all over the globe. The top prize winner at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Zorman is an incredibly soulful and evocative artist, distinguished by gripping performances and a gift for musical storytelling. Featuring pivotal works by Dvořák and Brahms, this is a spirited and soul-stirring program that you’ll remember long after the final note is played.

7:30 PM
at GPAC

 2018–2019 Sunday Series
Brooks Museum at 3:00 PM


October 14, 2018

Midori, violin with IRIS musicians

February 17, 2019
Hanzhi Wang, accordion with IRIS musicians

March 17, 2019
Inon Barnatan, piano with IRIS musicians

April 28, 2019
Itamar Zorman, violin with IRIS musicians

Each concert is paired with a featured Brooks Museum exhibition and a reception.

Midori
October 14, 2018

IRIS AT THE BROOKS
Guest Artist: Midori, violin


Bach: Sonata in A minor for solo violin
Mozart: Duo for Two Violins, Op. 70 no.5
Schnittke: ala Mozart
Norman: Gran Turismo

Violinist Midori will perform solo Bach along with chamber music with IRIS musicians at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Hohenberg Auditorium. Guests are invited to explore the featured exhibition following the concert and join us at 4:30 for a reception. The October featured exhibit is Jaume Plensa: Talking Continent. In this installation of suspended steel sculptures, Plensa (b. 1955) transcends physical weight and volume, conveying instead lightness, translucence, and fluidity.

 

Note: All Sunday Series Concerts will begin at 3:00, followed by a featured art exhibition at 4:00, and a reception at 4:30

 

 

 

 

 

Hanzhi Wang
February 17, 2019

IRIS AT THE BROOKS
Guest Artist: Hanzhi Wang, accordion

 

 

Bach: Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Piazzolla: La Grand Tango with violin
Piazzolla: Ave Marie

 

Classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang will perform Bach and Piazzolla alongside IRIS musicians at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Hohenberg Auditorium. Guests are invited to explore the featured exhibit following the concert and join us at 4:30 for a reception. The February featured exhibition is the Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i. This landmark exhibition offers a rare focus on 20 of O’Keeffe’s depictions of Hawai‘i from a nine-week sojourn in 1939 while on commission to produce images for a Hawaiian Pineapple Company promotional campaign.

 

Note: All Sunday Series Concerts will begin at 3:00, followed by a featured art exhibition at 4:00, and a reception at 4:30

 

Inon Barnatan
March 17, 2019

IRIS AT THE BROOKS
Guest Artist: Inon Barnatan, piano

Bach: E minor Toccata
Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

Pianist Inon Barnatan will perform Bach and Beethoven alongside IRIS musicians at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Hohenberg Auditorium. Guests are invited to explore the featured exhibit following the concert and join us at 4:30 for a reception. The March featured exhibition is the Rotunda Project: Federico Uribe. Federico Uribe (Colombian, b. 1962) creates magical creatures and playful installations using everyday objects. He will install a large-scale site-specific environment in the Brooks rotunda, consisting of a massive tree – constructed from clothing – surrounded by a variety of animals.

Note: All Sunday Series Concerts will begin at 3:00, followed by a featured art exhibition at 4:00, and a reception at 4:30

Itamar Zorman
April 28, 2019

IRIS AT THE BROOKS
Guest Artist: Itamar Zorman, violin

Bach: C Major sonata, BWV 1005 (portion)
Ben-Haim: Three Etudes for solo violin
Mendelssohn: Octet

 

Violinist Itamar Zorman will perform pieces Bach and Mendelssohn alongside IRIS musicians at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Hohenberg Auditorium. The April featured artwork is Canaletto. Get reacquainted with Canaletto’s expansive The Grand Canal from the Campo San Vio, 1730-1735, one of the museum’s greatest masterpieces,a sunny vista of the fabled city.

 

Note: All Sunday Series Concerts will begin at 3:00, followed by a featured art exhibition at 4:00, and a reception at 4:30

 

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 IRIS Season: (901) 751-7669

 

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