Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Plays Bach Live From Central Park

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra resumes its concert on July 9, 2013, at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park following a rain shower. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR )

At 7:30 pm on Tuesday, July 18, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series in Central Park continues with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra playing an nearly all-Bach program. Performing without a conductor, Orpheus presents an annual series at Carnegie Hall and tours extensively to major national and international venues.

The Knights Play Mozart, Purcell and a World Premiere

An audience member snaps a photo of The Knights at the Naumburg Bandshell. (Paulina Jeng/WQXR )

Listen to The Knights play live from the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series in Central Park. Hear conductor Eric Jacobsen and the chamber orchestra present a program of Mozart, Purcell, John Adams and the world premiere of a new piece by Judd Greenstein featuring soloist Alex Sopp.

WQXR’s Terrance McKnight hosted the live broadcast.

Ensemble LPR and Lara St. John Live From the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Series

Violinist Lara St. John and Ensemble LPR at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. (Paulina Jeng/WQXR )

One of the true pleasures of New York in the summer is hearing classical music in the park. Listen to Ensemble LPR and violinist Lara St. John in a concert recoded live from the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park.

Hosted by WQXR’s Paul Cavalconte and presented as part of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series, the program features music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky and Britten.

Here, listen to our complete interview with David Handler, artistic director of Ensemble LPR.

Simone Dinnerstein and Havana Lyceum Orchestra Perform Mozart at Naumburg Bandshell

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein. (Lisa Marie Mazzucco/Courtesy of the artist)

It wouldn’t be summer in New York without WQXR’s live broadcasts from the historic Naumburg Bandshell in the heart of Central Park. This summer’s series kicked on June 13, with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra and pianist Simone Dinnerstein performing a program of Mozart bookended by Carlos Fariñas and Aaron Copland.

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)