Orfeo in Idaho: A Modern Setting of Orpheus Lex – World Premiere (Concert Version) by Hindemith Protege Marie Nelson Bennett Is Paired with a Startling New Work Featuring Venerable Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman

February 4, 2010

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Two striking interpretations of the classic myth of Orpheus – one modern-day setting in the vein of the great Paul Hindemith, one Celtic-influenced work featuring the Grammy Award-winning Richard Stoltzman – come together in Orfeo in Idaho, a groundbreaking program presented by The New York Virtuoso Singers (http://www.nyvirtuoso.org) under the baton of conductor Harold Rosenbaum on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. in Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York City.

Orpheus Lex, an opera by Hindemith protege Marie Nelson Bennett, is a modern version of the classic story, set in a mountain retreat in Idaho. Orpheus is a popular folk singer who was retired there. The New York Virtuoso Singers will present the world premiere of the concert version of this critically acclaimed new opera with soloists David Arnold and Wendy Baker.

“Bennett’s opera is truly a milestone in her field, and I am honored to be leading the first presentation ever of the concert version of her masterpiece,” said Rosenbaum, New York Virtuoso Singers Artistic Director and Conductor. “And as soon as I knew we would have the chance to perform this, I knew I had to have David [Arnold] and Wendy [Baker] for the performance. With their skill and vibrancy they are the perfect soloists for this challenging, rewarding work.”

The program also features Sir Orfeo, a new work by William Thomas McKinley that draws from the Middle English roots in a magical, Celtic-inspired re-creation of the tale featuring world-renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Stoltzman’s virtuosity, musicianship and sheer personal magnetism have made him one of today’s most sought-after concert artists.

The New York Virtuoso Singers, acclaimed by The New York Times as “New York’s outstanding concert choir,” presents this concert in Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.

To order tickets ($30; Students and Seniors: $15) go to the Symphony Space box office, call (212) 864-5400 or visit http://www.symphonyspace.org.

Contact: Irene Maslowski, 973-226-1494 or irene@imassocpr.com

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SOURCE The New York Virtuoso Singers

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