Since its founding, Iris Orchestra has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s premier chamber orchestras. Orchestral concerts feature traditional classical music repertoire spanning four centuries, works by American composers, and world premieres of Iris-commissioned works. Orchestral concerts are held at Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC), where Iris is the resident professional orchestra, in their 816-seat Duncan-Williams Performance Hall. The vibrant core for an increasingly substantial portfolio of programs, the orchestra is the foundation for all of Iris’ programming and is critical to Iris Orchestra’s continuing impact in the Greater Memphis community. All Saturday evening performances of Iris Orchestra take places at GPAC and begin at 7:30 PM. All concert ticket holders are invited to join the Pre-Concert Conversation an hour prior to all Iris Orchestra concerts at GPAC to learn more about the evenings program and composers.
“Iris at the Brooks,” created in 2018, is a solo and chamber music series held at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Designed in collaboration with the guest artists and hosted by Iris conductor Michael Stern, “Iris at the Brooks” offers audiences a more relaxed and approachable experience than a standard orchestral event. The hour-long concert of solo and chamber music is held in Brooks’ 250-seat hall, features a conversation between guest artists and Michael about the music, and is followed by a visual art experience and a reception. Paired with Iris’ ongoing orchestral series, the format is designed for artistic, programmatic, and financial synergy. All Iris at the Brooks concerts take place on Sunday afternoons at the Brooks and begin at 3:00 PM. Ticket holders are invited to explore the Brooks Museum’s latest art exhibition and enjoy a reception following all Sunday afternoon performances.