ECCO – East Coast Chamber Orchestra – play Turina, Monteverdi, Jalbert, Lutoslawski & Dvořák

The East Coast Chamber Orchestra play at the Naumburg Bandshell on Aug. 2, 2016. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)
The East Coast Chamber Orchestra play at the Naumburg Bandshell on Aug. 2, 2016. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

Listen to the archived broadcast of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra performing works spanning five centuries of music from Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell, hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. The ensemble perform works by Joaquin Turina, Claudio Monteverdi, Pierre Jalbert, Witold Lutoslawski and Antonín Dvořák, whose Serenade for Strings ends the program. Jalbert’s String Theory was commissioned by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in honor of its 30th anniversary, this year, and composed specifically for ECCO. Its title is a pun, referring to the theory of quantum gravity, as well as the actual vibrating strings on the musicians’ instruments. ECCO is a democratically‐run and self-conducted chamber orchestra which unites periodically each year to perform exciting one-off events. It is comprised of soloists, chamber musicians and principals from a variety of American orchestras.


Joaquín Turina: La Oración del Torero, “The Bullfighter’s Prayer”

Claudio Monteverdi: Selection of Madrigals

Pierre Jalbert: String Theory, (written for ECCO)

Witold Lutoslawski: Five Folk Melodies

Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 (1875)

The Knights Play Bartók, Busoni, Dvořák, Boccherini, Shawn Conley, J. Strauss II and Taraf De Haïdouks

On Tuesday, July 19, WQXR’s Paul Cavalconte hosted The Knights at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park.

This eclectic program included Bartók’s Suite Paysanne Hongroise for flute and string orchestra, Busoni’s (arr. Arnold Schoenberg), Berceuse élégiaque, Dvořák’s Bagatelles, Op. 47, Boccherini’s Quintet for flute and strings in G Minor, Op. 19, Shawn Conley’s Yann’s Flight (World Premiere, as arranged), J. Strauss II’s (arr. Arnold Schoenberg) Kaiser-Walzer, and Taraf De Haïdouks, A Stork Crosses the Danube, in the Company of a Raven.

Live Recording, Part One:

Live Recording, Part Two:

The Knights Play Haydn, Kahane, Schubert and Dylan

The Knights perform at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

On Tuesday, July 12, WQXR’s Elliott Forrest hosted a live broadcast of The Knights from the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. This eclectic program included symphonies by Haydn (No. 64) and Schubert (No. 5), Gabriel Kahane’s Crane Palimpsest (featuring the composer as vocalist) and arrangements of Bob Dylan and Bob Haggart. Read more at WQXR




Haydn: Symphony No. 64 in A Major, “Tempora Mutantor”

Kahane: Crane Palimpsest,
Gabriel Kahane, vocalist

Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, D.485

Haggart/Bauduc: “The Big Noise from Winnetka” (arr. The Knights)

Dylan: “The Times They Are A-Changin” (arr. The Knights)
Christina Courtin and Gabriel Kahane, vocalists

Orpheus and Nobuyuki Tsujii in Central Park

Twilight in Central Park as Orpheus performs Mozart's Symphony No. 29. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

Listen to the archived broadcast of WQXR host Annie Bergen presenting an all-Beethoven concert by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii from the 111th season of free concerts in Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell on June 28. Read more at WQXR



For more information about Nobuyuki Tsujii, listen to the interview with and performance by Tsujii from his 2014 appearance at The Greene Space:



Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano

Ludwig Van Beethoven, (1770-1827), Coriolan Overture, Opus 62 (1807)

Ludwig Van Beethoven, (1770-1827), Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, “Emperor Concerto”, Opus 73 (1809-1811)

I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco mosso
III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano


Ludwig Van Beethoven, (1770-1827), Symphony No. 5 in C minor, “Fate”, Opus 67 (1804-08)

I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo. Allegro
IV. Allegro

Ensemble LPR Performs Vaughan Williams, Copland, Wolfe and Ives at Naumburg Bandshell

The Naumburg Bandshell concerts are in their 11th year. (Naumburg)

Listen to the archived broadcast as WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon, Ensemble LPR and clarinetist Vasko Dukovski kick off the 111th season of free concerts in Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell on June 14 with a program of 20th and 21st century works. Read more at WQXR

For more information, listen to the interview by WQXR morning host, Jeff Spurgeon, as he talks with Julia Wolfe:



Ensemble LPR

David Handler, Artistic Director

Vasko Dukovski, clarinet

Ralph Vaughan Williams, (1872-1958), Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910)

Aaron Copland, (1900-90), Concerto for Clarinet, Strings and Harp (1947-49)

I. Slowly and expressively – Cadenza
II. Rather fast

Vasko Dukovski, clarinet


Julia Wolfe, (1958-), Cruel Sister (2004)

Charles Ives (1874-1954), The Unanswered Question (Revised Version ca. 1934)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Gets Personal in Central Park

The trees started rustling ominously, and the sky darkened as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performed the first movement Presto of Haydn’s Symphony No. 1, a sense of urgency reflected in its bristling rendition at the Naumburg Bandshell on Tuesday evening…The event was part of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series, which has offered free concerts to New Yorkers in Central Park since 1905.

July 22, 2015
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