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IRIS Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary Season 


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

Single tickets will go on sale in August 2019.

Zukerman Trio Special Event

December 8, 2019
3:00 PM at Brooks Museum
Performing Beethoven’s Archduke Trio

Special event for Saturday or Sunday series subscribers only!

$60 per ticket

Includes a Q & A with Pinchas Zukerman, a catered reception and free exploration of the Brooks’ latest art exhibition.

Seating is limited. Please note this performance is a special event not included in the season ticket packages for the Saturday GPAC or Sunday Brooks series.

2019–2020 Saturday Series
GPAC at 7:30 PM


October 12, 2019

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

December 7, 2019
Pinchas Zukerman, violin, Amanda Forsythe, cello, & Angela Cheng, piano

January 25, 2020
Conrad Tao, piano & composition

March 7, 2020
Anne-Akiko Meyers, violin

May 2, 2020
Nancy Zhou, violin

 2019–2020 Sunday Series
Brooks Museum at 3:00 PM


October 13, 2019

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

January 26, 2020
Conrad Tao, piano & composition

March 8, 2020
Anne-Akiko Meyers, violin

May 3, 2020
Nancy Zhou, violin


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

Garrick Ohlsson
October 12, 2019

SEASON LAUNCH: JUPITER & OHLSSON
Guest Artist: Garrick Ohlsson, piano


Mozart: 
Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter Symphony”
Puccini: Chrysanthemums
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2

 

You first heard pianist Garrick Ohlsson during IRIS Orchestra’s debut season performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Now, join Ohlsson, acclaimed international star, as he revisits this triumphant piece to launch the celebration of IRIS’ 20th anniversary. Opening with Mozart’s incomparable Jupiter Symphony, this concert celebrates IRIS Orchestra’s 20 years of music making with a program featuring works from IRIS’ opening season. Whether this is your 20th year with us or your first, this season launch will be out of this world.

7:30 PM
at GPAC

Pinchas Zukerman
December 7,2019

BEETHOVEN TRIPLE TRIBUTE 
Guest Artist: Pinchas Zukerman, violin,
 Amanda Forsythe, cello, & Angela Cheng, piano

 

 

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4   
Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano, Op.56 (Triple Concerto)

 

One of the top names in classical music returns to join IRIS Orchestra in a spectacular celebration of the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. Pinchas Zukerman, renowned violinist, protégé and friend of Isaac Stern, brings the Zukerman Trio for this Beethoven-filled extravaganza. IRIS celebrates Beethoven’s influential legacy with three of the more than 20 enduringly popular works he wrote between 1803 and 1807. This short but abundant chapter of his career showcases why Beethoven was achieving star status in Vienna as a leading figure in the new generation of young composers.

7:30 PM
at GPAC

Conrad Tao
January 25, 2020

CLASSICAL GRIT AND GRIND: CELEBRATING MEMPHIS
Guest Artist: Conrad Tao, composition & piano

 

Conrad Tao: Commissioned work celebrating the City of Memphis
Haydn: Symphony No. 101
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1                      

 

IRIS looks to the past, present, and future in this can’t-miss program. Conrad Tao, a composer and pianist currently taking the classical world by storm, will exercise both talents on this program as the soloist in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and the composer of an IRIS-commissioned piece exploring Memphis’ unique musical heritage in honor of our city’s bicentennial. Balancing something old with something new, we’ll also present Haydn’s “Clock” Symphony, another year-one piece for IRIS. IRIS has a history of presenting the rising young stars of today. What better time to deliver on that legacy than in our 20th season!  

7:30 PM
at GPAC

Anne-Akiko Meyers
March 7, 2020

FROM AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE
Guest Artist: Anne-Akiko Meyers, violin


 

Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat “Dumbarton Oaks”
Schoenberg: Orchard in Fog Violin concerto
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Kernis: Too Hot Toccata

 

IRIS’ vision of great orchestral literature has always included a focus on American music and commissioned new works. Iconic IRIS, this program features American composers Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. Also on the program, Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks” was named for the Washington D.C.-area estate of the couple who commissioned the concerto for their wedding anniversary. IRIS Orchestra gave American composer Adam Schoenberg his first orchestral commission with “Finding Rothko” in 2007. In this program, Schoenberg’s most recent concerto will be performed by Anne-Akiko Meyers, the virtuoso violinist for whom he wrote the piece.  From IRIS’ perspective, this program is as varied and diverse as America itself.

7:30 PM
at GPAC

Nancy Zhou
May 2, 2020

LOOKING FORWARD
Guest Artist: Nancy Zhou, violin

 

Jonathan Leshnoff: “Score” (commissioned work celebrating IRIS’ 20th anniversary)
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn:   Symphony No. 3

 

Our year-end party for IRIS Orchestra’s 20th season looks forward while celebrating our past. Twenty-five years old and new on the scene, American violinist Nancy Zhou will perform Tchaikovsky’s emblematic Violin Concerto. Her rendition of the piece won her the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition in 2018. Opening the program is a composition specially commissioned in celebration of our 20th anniversary, a gift from our good friend Jonathan Leshnoff, the Baltimore-based composer distinguished by The New York Times as “a leader of contemporary American lyricism.”  We return to our roots to conclude our 20th season the same way we ended our first: with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, the “Scottish.” Happy Birthday, IRIS!

7:30 PM
at GPAC

Garrick Ohlsson
October 13, 2019

IRIS AT THE BROOKS
Guest Artist: Garrick Ohlsson, piano

 

Program to be announced in August 2019.

 

 

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform pieces by Beethoven and others alongside IRIS musicians at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Hohenberg Auditorium. Each concert is paired with a featured Brooks Museum exhibition and a reception. Featured exhibition for October 13th concert coming soon.

 

 

 

December Concert Not Included in Sunday Series

Subscriber Only Special Event
December 8, 2019
3:00 PM at Brooks Museum
Performing Beethoven’s Archduke Trio

$60 per ticket

 

Not included in the IRIS at the Brooks Sunday concert series.

Click here for more information on this event.

Please note: The Sunday at the Brooks Chamber Series has 4 concerts. The December concert at the Brooks is for IRIS subscribers only- single tickets will not be available to this event.

 

 

 

Conrad Tao
January 26, 2020

IRIS AT THE BROOKS
Guest Artist: Conrad Tao, composition & piano

 

Program to be announced in August 2019.

 

 

Pianist and composer Conrad Tao will perform pieces by Beethoven and others alongside IRIS musicians at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Hohenberg Auditorium. Each concert is paired with a featured Brooks Museum exhibition and a reception. Featured exhibition for January 26th concert coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne-Akiko Meyers
March 8, 2020

IRIS AT THE BROOKS
Guest Artist: Anne-Akiko Meyers, violin

 

Program to be announced in August 2019.

 

Violinist Anne-Akiko Meyers will perform pieces by Beethoven and others alongside IRIS musicians at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Hohenberg Auditorium. Each concert is paired with a featured Brooks Museum exhibition and a reception. Featured exhibition for March 8th concert coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Zhou
May 3, 2020

IRIS AT THE BROOKS
Guest Artist: Nancy Zhou, violin

 

Program to be announced in August 2019.

 

Violinist Nancy Zhou will perform pieces by Beethoven and others alongside IRIS musicians at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Hohenberg Auditorium. Each concert is paired with a featured Brooks Museum exhibition and a reception. Featured exhibition for May 3rd concert coming soon.

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