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Carnegie Hall Presents

The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Monday, January 24, 2022 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble by Jennifer Taylor
The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble exemplifies its broad programmatic appeal in its return to Weill Recital Hall, drawing from a rich musical canon that spans multiple centuries and instrumental configurations. Enjoy J. S. Bach’s masterful Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, plus distinctive 20th-century works by R. Strauss, Janáček, and Nelhybel.

Performers

The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Program

R. STRAUSS Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85

JANÁČEK Mládí

NELHYBEL Trio for Brass

J. S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Bios

The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is regarded as one of the world’s finest orchestras. Since the Met’s inception in 1883, it has worked with leading conductors in both opera and concert performances, and has developed into an orchestra of enormous technical polish and style. The ...

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is regarded as one of the world’s finest orchestras. Since the Met’s inception in 1883, it has worked with leading conductors in both opera and concert performances, and has developed into an orchestra of enormous technical polish and style. The musicians maintain a demanding schedule of performances and rehearsals during the 33-week Lincoln Center season, with as many as seven performances per week in repertory that this season encompasses 22 operas. In addition to its opera schedule, the orchestra has a distinguished history of concert performances, including an annual series at Carnegie Hall.

The history of The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble goes back to 2005, when then–Music Director James Levine organized the group’s first performance at Carnegie Hall in an effort to showcase the artistry and virtuosity of the orchestra members, and to create an opportunity for the musicians to perform more intimate repertoire. The Chamber Ensemble gave performances until 2016, when the concerts were discontinued.

Now, the group returns in a new initiative of the Met, with an artistic committee of orchestra members planning its repertoire in collaboration with Met administration and music staff. All orchestra members will have the opportunity to participate in the series, and the programs will often feature guest singers from the Met’s roster. This season, the Chamber Ensemble presents six performances in Weill Recital Hall—more than in any previous year—as well as free performances in neighborhoods throughout New York as part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide series, to begin when COVID-19 restrictions have eased.

Visit metorchestramusicians.org to read bios for individual orchestra members.

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