Orchestra of St. Luke's
Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) is one of America's foremost and most versatile orchestras,
regularly collaborating with the world's greatest artists and performing approximately 70
concerts each year-including its Carnegie Hall orchestra series, chamber music series at
The Morgan Library & Museum and the Brooklyn Museum, and summer residency at Caramoor
Music Festival. OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works; given more than 150 world, US,
and New York premieres; and appears on more than 90 recordings, including four Grammy
Award-winning albums and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke's Collection. Pablo
Heras-Casado, who was named 2014 Conductor of the Year by Musical America, is
OSL's principal conductor.
OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving performances at the Church of St.
Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
consists of 21 virtuoso artists who make up OSL's artistic core and are dedicated to a
diverse repertoire that spans Baroque to contemporary.
OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Midtown Manhattan, where
it shares a building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The DiMenna Center is New York
City's premier venue for rehearsal, recording, and learning, having quickly gained a
reputation for its superb acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordability. Since
opening in 2011, The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 50,000 visitors, including more
than 300 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Emanuel Ax, Joshua
Bell, Valery Gergiev, and James Levine. OSL also hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and
schoolchildren at its home each year for free community events.
Through its Community & Education programs, OSL has introduced audiences across New
York City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs;
offers free, interactive events at The DiMenna Center; provides chamber music coaching for
adult amateurs; and reaches 10,000 public school students each year through free school
concerts and in-school instruction. In July 2013, OSL and the Police Athletic League (PAL)
launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's (YOSL), an after-school orchestra and instrumental
coaching program that emphasizes musical excellence and social development.
For more information, visit OSLmusic.org.
Sir Roger Norrington
For 50 years, Sir Roger Norrington has been at the forefront of the movement for
historically informed orchestral playing. He seeks to put modern players in touch with the
historical style of the music they play, through orchestra size and seating, tempo,
phrasing, and articulation.
Sir Roger (he was knighted in 1997) studied at the Royal College of Music under Sir Adrian
Boult, and in 1962 he founded the first of several groups for the performance of early
music, the Heinrich Schütz Choir. This was followed 10 years later by the London Classical
Players, which achieved worldwide fame with dramatic recordings of the nine Beethoven
In 1966, Sir Roger was named music director of the new Kent Opera, where he introduced
innovative thinking about orchestra size, playing style, and tempos, particularly with
earlier repertoire. He conducted hundreds of performances for Kent, as well as at Covent
Garden, the English National Opera, La Scala, La Fenice, and the Vienna State Opera.
Sir Roger moved on to share his historical findings with more modern orchestras, choirs,
and opera companies. He is a frequent guest with the world's major orchestras, including
the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester
Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the US, he has
appeared with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles,
Cincinnati, Detroit, Boston, and Chicago.
From 1990 to 1994, Sir Roger Norrington served as Orchestra of St. Luke's first music
director. He has also held the title of chief conductor at the Bournemouth Sinfonietta,
Salzburg Camerata, and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, and is currently principal
conductor of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, chief guest conductor of the Orchestre de
Chambre de Paris, conductor emeritus of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and a
regular guest with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Deutsche
With Stuttgart, Sir Roger made a remarkable series of 60 recordings that span a large
slice of the core orchestral repertoire. They offer a vivid glimpse of how a modern
orchestra can connect with its historical roots, cherishing the gesture and sound each
composer might have expected in his lifetime.