Orpheus Chamber Orchestra – Photo courtesy of artist management

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami- Dade County (@arshtcenter) proudly opens the 2018-19 KNIGHT MASTERWORKS CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES with the highly acclaimed ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (@orpheuschamberorchestra), accompanied by the award-winning Spanish pianist JAVIER PERIANES, in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 8 p.m.

“The beginning of our classical season is always a thrill, and this year we are particularly excited to present a Miami premiere and two Arsht Center debuts that embody the best in our mission to bring the music world’s finest and most diverse to our audience,” said Liz Wallace, vice president of programming at the Arsht Center. “Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is rightly recognized as one of the jewels of the American music scene, and the meteoric rise of Spain’s Javier Perianes has made him one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation.”

Commited to innovation and artistic excellence, ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA was founded in 1972 by a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra. ORPHEUS performs without a conductor, rotating musical leadership roles for each work, and striving to perform diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered over 50 original works.

JAVIER PERIANES, whose flourishing international career spans five continents, has been described as “a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch,” by London’s The Telegraph. He has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Barbican, Royal Festival and Wigmore Halls in London

ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA with JAVIER PERIANES, PIANIST and has performed with conductors such as Barenboim, Dutoit, Dudamel, Mehta, and Maazel, among others. He has been a frequent prize-winner at competitions, including First Prize and Gold Medal at the 42nd International Competition Premio Jaen de Piano; First Prize at the 8th International Piano Competition Fundación Jacinto e Inocencio Guerrero; and was a prize-winner at the 14th International Competition Vianna da Motta in Lisbon.

MATHESON “Still Life” (New Commission) MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27 DVOŘÁK/RUSSELL DAVIES “Bagatelles” MOZART Symphony No. 33

This evening’s special program features two masterworks by Mozart – the jewel-like Symphony No. 33, one of the few symphonies published during the composer’s own lifetime, and, with JAVIER PERIANES as soloist, the Piano Concerto No. 27. This was Mozart’s last piano concerto, possibly premiered by the composer himself a few months before his death in 1791.

The program also includes conductor Dennis Russell Davies’s brilliant arrangement of Dvorák’s “Bagatelles.” Russell Davies expanded Dvořák’s delightful miniatures, originally scored for just two violins, cello and harmonium, when he was conductor of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as an effort to increase the repertoire of romantic music for chamber orchestras.

Opening the Knight Concert Hall program is the Miami premiere of the newly commissioned “Still Life” by New York-based composer James Matheson, widely regarded as one of the most distinctive, vital, and creative musical voices of his generation. Noting the expansive quality of his work, the Chicago Sun-Times said Matheson “writes in full orchestral 3-D.”


Tickets range from $50-$135* and can be purchased by phone at (305) 949-6722, online at www.arshtcenter.org or in person at the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office, located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd.

FREE MASTERWORKS PRE-CONCERT TALKS presented by Steinway & Sons Miami

A free pre-concert lecture will be held in the Arsht Center’s Peacock Foundation Education Center (inside the Knight Concert Hall) at 7 p.m. prior to the concert.

The 2018-2019 John S. and James L. Knight Masterworks Season Classical Music Series is funded with leadership support from Knight Foundation with additional support from Crystal Cruises; UHealth Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center; Caring Friends Foundation, Bank of America, N.S., Co-Trustee; Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami; Sterling Vineyards, and Encore Circle members.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information for details and schedules.