by Peter Feher
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has an advantage when it comes to commanding a crowd. The ensemble of scarcely more than a dozen string players performed for a packed Blossom Music Center on August 27 and seemed entirely at home in the huge venue. Saturday’s concert brought the summer classical season here to a close in understated yet completely gripping fashion.
And the Orpheus effect has everything to do with who’s not onstage. The New York City-based group has rehearsed and performed without a conductor since its founding in 1972, and this means its members share the musical authority that typically rests with one person. Multiplied by a dozen or so, the interpretation of a piece suddenly emanates from every player, from the concertmaster to the double bass, resonating with a kind of collective power. [Read more…]