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This virtual concert will feature contemporary composer, Jessie Montgomery’s piece entitled Banner, Puccini’s classic I Cristantemi (The Chrysanthemums), and Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings Op. 22. The concert will be available for viewing between February 20th and March 20th. Never attended Iris Orchestra? Purchase our $15 introductory “Get to Know Us” tickets for this special virtual experience!
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Iris at the Brooks
This virtual concert will feature two unique pieces for cello and guitar by Mattias Duplessy and Zenamon Jaime Mertenbaum as well as Beethoven’s String Trio Op. 9 No. 1. The concert will also include an exclusive look at a featured Memphis Brooks Museum of Art exhibition. Never attended Iris at the Brooks? Purchase our $15 introductory tickets for this special virtual experience!
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2020-2021 CONCERT SEASON
Iris Orchestra’s 21st season has been full of surprises. In the midst of a global pandemic, Iris continues the ever-present goal of bringing beautiful music to the Mid-South. Never attended Iris Orchestra? Purchase a $15 introductory “Get to Know Us” ticket to one of our upcoming virtual events!
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The Iris Artist Fellowship is a program for rising professional musicians with a passion for engaging music as a tool for social impact while growing in their own artistry. Designed to address the under-representation of Black, African American, and Latinx artists in classical music, the fellowship is directed toward musicians from those populations. The program is designed to provide experiential opportunities in several aspects of a professional music career: including performance, teaching artistry, and community involvement.
Iris Orchestra is the resident professional orchestra of the Germantown Performing Arts Center. Founded as a bold experiment in September 2000, Iris is proudly still bold and still experimenting. Named after the state flower of Tennessee, Iris was founded by conductor Michael Stern as an ensemble for the 21st century—flexible, non-hierarchical, and passionate about the highest standards of performance. The mission was to serve the community with exceptional music. The vision was a resident ensemble with international reach.
Along with providing orchestral and chamber concerts, Iris Orchestra’s commitment to greater Memphis is an integral and active part of its mission. Iris’ Community Outreach and Engagement Programs partner with local schools, hospitals, and performance venues to bring the world-class musicians that make up the orchestra into the community it calls home. Ticket sales only cover 20% of the cost of bringing exceptional music to the stage, even with sold-out concerts. Support from patrons like you make it all possible. Consider giving a donation to Iris today!