May 1, 2013
For immediate release:
MRO announces 2013-2014 Season
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major with Gregory Maytan
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Buckman Performing Arts Center
A special concert for the Beethoven Club of Memphis's 125th Anniversary
Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 5 "Emperor" with Victor Asuncion
Friday, November 1, 2013
Harris Concert Hall - University of Memphis
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Buckman Performing Arts Center
Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major with Will Haapaniemi
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Buckman Performing Arts Center
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor with Heidi Han
Saturday, March 1, 2104
Buckman Performing Arts Center
2013 - 2014 Season Finale
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Buckman Performing Arts Center
All MRO concerts are offered to the public with free admission, but seats will still need to be reserved online or by calling their box office. Ticket information is below as well as on our Upcoming Events page.
April 15, 2013
The Memphis Repertory Orchestra will present its season finale concert at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at the Buckman Performing Arts Center (60 Perkins Extd.). Admission is free to the public with donations kindly accepted. Seats will need to be reserved by clicking here.
To cap off what has been a truly remarkable season, the MRO has programmed a thrilling evening of music that will showcase the orchestra's depth and range of musical expression. The performance will open with the iconic work by John Williams, the Olympic Theme and Fanfare. This grand opening will welcome to the stage the incredibly talented soprano, Marie-Stephane Bernard, in a performance of Elgar's intriguing song cycle, Sea Pictures. A native of France, Marie studied vocal music in Paris and Rome before embarking on a successful opera career across Europe. The lyric soprano now lives in Memphis and splits her time between here and Paris.
As a grand finale of finales, the orchestra will present Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 4 in F minor. Written in 1877, during one of the most turbulent times of his life, Tchaikovsky said of the work's premiere in a letter to Mme. von Meck, a financial backer and supporter of his music, "There is not a single line in this Symphony that I have not felt in my whole being and that has not been a true echo of the soul."
April 7, 2013
Response from Music Director William Langley following the MRO concert on April 6 at the Clark Opera Memphis Center -
I am truly honored to have the opportunity to work with so many of my dearest friends and colleagues in the Memphis Repertory Orchestra. Tonight's concert exemplified the numerous talents and flare that has become synonymous with the MRO and its work across the city of Memphis.
Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy - Overture never fails to present a myriad of twists and turns around every corner. This wasn't a problem for the MRO as they skillfully skated through Tchaikovsky's rugged terrain with a burning passion and an electric vengeance. The story of Romeo and Juliet was told like never before....MRO style!
Brava to our fabulous soloist, Heidi Han and her sparkling performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto. She gracefully interpreted one of the finest violin concertos with poise and the utmost attention to detail. One of the longest violin concertos in the repertory left everyone wanting more and wishing it would never end.
Many thanks to all that made this magical evening a super success! Namely, Daniel Gilbert, Jordan Stephens, Donna Leigh, Michelle Vigneau, MRO fans, Jonathan M. Ealy at Opera Memphis, and most importantly, the musicians of the MRO who continue to donate countless hours of practice and hard work time after time. It is because of YOU that we are able to continue presenting the masterworks of the repertoire in a youthfully energetic way to our wonderfully musical city of Memphis.
Looking forward to our next concert on Saturday May 11th at the Buckman Performing Center with soprano, Marie-Stéphane Bernard as we perform Elgar's Sea Pictures alongside a few other audience favorites! This concert will mark the first of our tenure as "Resident Orchestra" at the Buckman Performing Arts Center!
Thanks to all that continue to support the work of this wonderful orchestra and to those that spread the word to friends and continue coming back again and again to experience YOUR MRO in action!
March 20, 2013
Join the Memphis Repertory Orchestra on April 6 at 8:00 PM at the Clark Opera Memphis Center for an evening of romantic masterworks. This concert will mark the orchestras final 2012-2013 season concert "abroad" before beginning its tenure as resident orchestra at the Buckman Performing Arts Center on May 11.
The program will include an orchestra and audience favorite, Tchaikovsky's Overture to Romeo and Juliet. The MRO is excited to continue its history of exploring works by this stalwart composer with a piece that so beautifully portrays one of the greatest love stories of all time.
Violinist Heidi Han will join the orchestra in the second half of the concert for the Violin Concerto in D Major by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concerto is a monumental piece that some see as the embodiment of "Beethoven's mastery of Classical procedures merged with a new vision of art as heroic and individualistic achievement." (Quote from Paul Horsley, Kennedy Center, 2010)
As always, this concert will be given free to the public with donations kindly accepted at the door.
March 4, 2013
Our Debut Studio Recording is official released into wild. Physical copies can be purchased directly from us by sending an email request to email@example.com or by visiting The Booksellers at Laurelwood. Digital versions can be downloaded from our online host - memphisreporchestra.bandcamp.com as well as various online retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, etc.
March 3, 2013
I am beyond speechless at the success of not only another concert with the illustrious Memphis Repertory Orchestra
but a myriad of moments shared with friends and colleagues that will
NEVER be forgotten. Tonight marks the first live performance of a piece
of music that has saved me more times than I can count, a piece so
complete and so beautifully composed that you can't help but escape to a
far off place to solve all the problems
of the world. Sibelius' Violin Concerto is brilliant in every sense of
the word, challenging through and through but worth every bit in the end
when you achieve a stellar performance like the one given tonight by
the MRO and the unstoppable violinist, Will Haapaniemi!
Once again we were streamed live all over the world! Many thanks to Josh Quinn and the Kroc Center of Memphis for hosting us and making our time in the Nancy Crosby theatre not only a joy but truly an honor!
Looking ahead, I do have to share that the 2013-2014 Season for the MRO
is shaping up rather nicely and I simply can't wait for you all to see
what surprises we have in store for next season. I'll give you a small
taste of what you might find on our line up as we take the stage at the Buckman Performing Arts Center as their resident orchestra... Brahms, Beethoven, Bruch, and
Weber...not to mention the artists that will be joining us to celebrate
these fabulous composers works in concert.
See you all next month on April 6th as we feature a dear friend of the MRO, Violinist Heidi Han in Beethoven's Violin Concerto! Surely an evening not to be missed!
Thanks to all that continue to support the work of this wonderful
orchestra and to those that spread the word to friends and continue
coming back time after time to experience YOUR MRO in action!
February 20, 2013
Thanks to everyone that donated to our kickstarter.com fundraising campaign. We were able to successfully raise our $4000 goal! The CD is now in final production and will be available for release at our March 2nd concert. A digital version will be available soon.
February 4, 2013
The Memphis Repertory Orchestra is excited to announce the release of their debut studio recording, available March 2nd, 2013. Please join the orchestra for a special release concert featuring return soloist from the cd, Will Haapaniemi.
Hailed as having a "fine, romantic sound," violinist Will Haapaniemi will perform Sibelius' provocative and challenging Violin Concerto in D Minor with William Langley and the Memphis Repertory Orchestra on Saturday, March 2nd at 8:00 pm at the newly completed Salvation Army Kroc Center Theater. The evening’s program will also include Modest Mussorgsky’s haunting and powerful Night on Bald Mountain.
Don't miss this evening of "firsts" as we release our debut recording and offer the first live orchestral performance in the beautiful new theater at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.
Admission is free with donations kindly accepted. The CD will be available for sale at a debut release price of $5. Following the concert, you can purchase the CD online or locally at the Booksellers at Laurelwood.
Following the concert, please join the members of the MRO along with violinist Will Haapaniemi for a reception to celebrate the release of this CD! Don't miss your chance to be the first to purchase a copy of the CD and have it signed by Will and the orchestra.
January 27, 2013
Once again, the outpouring of support shown by everyone in attendance both at Lindenwood and our cyber audience on our live stream was incredible. A note from director, William Langley, following last night's concert:
"I am still catching my breath after tonight's concert with the absolutely fabulous Memphis Repertory Orchestra and soloist, Robert Patterson! The magical lines of Beethoven and Strauss were delivered with an unleashed effervescence that kept everyone on the edge of their seats! Words cannot begin to describe the feelings of joy and excitement I experienced tonight as I proudly stood before the MRO and basked in the energetic waves that swarmed around us, filling the room!! So very grateful for each and every musician in the orchestra that continue making these outstanding concerts possible!
Once again, we were able to bring the concert to those unable to make it in person! In addition to playing for an enormous crowd here in Memphis, Tn at Lindenwood, we reached hundreds of MRO fans all around the world with a live broadcast! Visit the homepage on our website to view this concert if you were unable to attend in person or view the broadcast live! Don't forget to check out the video right above the concert video for more information about our first ever CD of Dvorak 9 and Tchaikovsky violin concerto with Will Haapaniemi and your very own MRO that is set to be released in early March! All of this is only possible with YOUR support as we raise $4,000 dollars and continue bringing fiery concerts to you all the while spreading the word about what we are doing in our wonderfully musical city of Memphis!
We are already gearing up for our upcoming concert in March with soloist Will Haapaniemi, when we tackle a piece I have waited years to program - a work so complete it brings you through emotions you didn't even know you had! Truly one of the finest pieces of art EVER composed - The Sibelius Violin Concerto! Mark your calendars for March 2nd when the MRO takes the stage again at the First Congregational Church in Midtown Memphis at 8pm with a program of Mussorgsky and Sibelius!
Bravi tutti and many thanks to those that support the MRO as we continue "Shaping the next generation of orchestral musicians"!! '
January 25, 2013
We are so excited to announce the launch of our Kickstarter.com fundraising campaign for our debut studio recording! We can't wait to share this amazing product with the world, but we need your help. Follow the link below or click the banner on the right to visit our kickstarter profile and help make this possible. Thanks!!
January 3, 2013
With the arrival of yet another exciting and promising year, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra is proud to announce its upcoming collaboration with local performer and composer, Robert Patterson, on January 26th, 2013 at 8:00pm at Lindenwood Christian Church. Dr. Patterson, a native Memphian and long-time member of the Memphis Symphony, has established himself as a constant voice in contemporary music in the Mid-South and will be taking that same passion and virtuosity with him to the stage in his performance of Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 Op. 11 with the MRO. In addition to the captivating harmonies of Strauss, the MRO will present Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Symphony No. 8 in F major.
November 20, 2012
We are excited to announce that starting in May, we will be performing exclusively at the Buckman Performing Arts Center! First Congregational Church has been such a warm and inviting home for the MRO over the past 2 years - for this we are extremely thankful and appreciative. Great things are happening with the MRO, and we look forward to experiencing it all with you in the coming year.
October 22, 2012
Once again, we are incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support from the community at Saturday's concert. Another very special 'Thank You' to Amro Music Stores is in order for their generous support in supplying the beautiful 9-foot Steinway D for the concert!
From music director, William Langley:
I am still speechless after
tonight's concert with the MRO, featuring 19-year old rockstar pianist, Jeremiah
Padilla, in Tchaikovsky's "monumental" Piano concerto no. 1! So very
grateful for each and every musician in the orchestra that continues to make these outstanding concerts possible!
It's through your enthusiasm and willingness to devour new repertoire that we
are able to present such fabulous concerts to our wonderfully musical
city of Memphis! On a night where you could've been at a number of different
places, the majority chose to join the MRO at the First Congregational Church
for an evening of unforgettable music making!
We played to, yet again, a PACKED house tonight, not to mention the successful
launch of our very first INTERNATIONALLY BROADCASTED "LIVE STREAM" of
tonight's concert! Thanks to Jordan Stephens and Kevin Schmidt we were able to
connect and share tonight's concert with MRO fans all around the world!
Looking forward to January 26th as we return in 2013 to Lindenwood Christian
Church and feature horn soloist, Robert Patterson! A program of Strauss and
Beethoven is sure to bring in the new-year with a BANG! Don't miss out on
another chance to see your very own MRO in action!
September 25, 2012
Upon his initial efforts at writing a piano concerto in the winter of 1874, Tchaikovsky received heavy criticism from notable virtuosi, claiming that from his work “only two or three pages were worth preserving; the rest must be thrown away or completely rewritten.” Today, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 23 is one of, if not the most, recognizable piano concerti performed throughout the world.
The Memphis Repertory Orchestra is honored to present this masterwork in collaboration with local artist, Jeremiah Padilla, on October 20th at 8:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church in the heart of Midtown Memphis. Also on the program is Franz von Suppe’s Overture to Dichter und Bauer, inspired by the heart-wrenching melodies and energetic scoring of the great Italian opera composers.
As always, the MRO brings their concerts to the public free of charge with donations kindly accepted. A live streaming of the performance will be available on the orchestra's website for those unable to attend in person.
We would like to extend a very special 'Thank You' to Amro Music Stores for generously supplying a beautiful 9-foot Steinway D for the concert!
September 3, 2012
Thanks to everyone who braved the storms and came out to our season opening concert! So thrilled to have support from our community like that. With the season successfully christened and launched, we are now looking ahead to October 20th at First Congregational Church.
*Update on event change - please note that our January 26, 2013 concert will be at Lindenwood Christian Church. Visit the Upcoming Events page for more details.
August 18, 2012
The Memphis Repertory Orchestra is excited to announce its season opening concert on September 1st at 8:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church. Opening the program will be the overture from Verdi’s opera, La Forza del Destino, or The Force of Destiny (and what greater force behind destiny is there than love?). Embracing the roles of three drastically different characters all fallen subject to love’s warmth, Stafford Hartman will again grace the stage with her commanding yet passionate presence singing assorted arias from Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Massenet’s Manon, and Dvorak’s Rusalka. Concluding the evening’s program will be a true masterpiece by Franz Liszt, Les Préludes, whose inscription to the score reads, “What else is our life but a series of preludes to that unknown Hymn, the first and solemn note of which is intoned by Death?—Love is the glowing dawn of all existence…” Explore the dawn of your own existence while basking in what will be a magically unforgettable evening of classical music performed by the Mid-South’s very own, Memphis Repertory Orchestra.
July 1, 2012
After a thrilling second season exploring the world of Tchaikovsky, The Memphis Repertory Orchestra, back by popular demand, is excited to present its only Summer 2012 Concert on July 28th at 8:00pm at the First Congregational Church in Midtown. This program is designed to express the MRO's appreciation for one of Memphis' greatest assets: Local Talent. Headlining this concert are soloist of both variety and distinction. Gerald Stephens, a local jazz artist, exemplifies a blurring of the boundaries between classical tradition and the flare of jazz, and will do so with the orchestra in a performance of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Grooving in that same style, Jim Gholson takes center stage performing a swingin' work written by local composer James Richens. Both men have been instrumental in the development of music in Memphis for the part forty years, having been members of the faculty at the University of Memphis and of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. In keeping with MRO's dedication to the masterworks of the orchestral repertoire, the orchestra will also present Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien and Rimsky-Korsakov's Procession of the Nobles. Don't forget to mark your calendar for an evening of culturally insightful works presented by one of the most youthfully energetic orchestras of today.
May 13, 2012
Thanks to everyone that came out last night to support us in our Season Finale! It was a huge success! Two big announcements were made - our 2012-2013 season has been announced (see our upcoming events page), and we will be in the studio recording our first record in the next few weeks! Keep watching this page, our twitter feed, and Facebook updates on the progress of the cd project and ways in which you can be involved! Thanks!
March 21, 2012
The MRO is in the process of producing and recording their first full-length cd. An official announcement will be released soon regarding cd track details, timeline, etc. Join the mailing list to receive all the important information as it becomes available.
February 20, 2012
The Memphis Repertory Orchestra is proud to announce an upcoming collaboration with
rising opera star, Stafford Hartman. On March the 10th, 2012 at 8:00 the orchestra will present a monumental work, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, orchestrated with a more intimate setting in mind and Tchaikovsky’s famous “Letter Scene” from his opera Eugene Onegin. Both works explore the simple beauty of childlike innocence, and the MRO is excited to join you in your own journey into the mind of your inner child. To quote the text of Mahler’s work,”Kein’ Musik ist ja nicht auf Erden/ Die unsrer verglichen kann warden.” Translated as “There is just no music on earth/That can compare to ours.”
January 29, 2012
Thanks to all who came out last night to support us in our concert with David Cho! The house was literally packed - chairs had to be brought in to accomodate the huge turn out. Here is a short review of the concert by Joseph Baker :
"William Langley's MEMPHIS REPERTORY ORCHESTRA left a full crowd standing and applauding after surprising takes on such favorites as SWAN LAKE (one of my favorite arrangements), APPALACHIAN SPRING (marvelous violins and woodwinds), and -- in splendid form -- guest artist David Cho, whose cello star turn on Dvorak's CELLO CONCERTO was an emotional tour de force. Congratulations to all."
January 12, 2012
MRO releases concert poster for the January 28 concert! Thanks to Matt Webb for another amazing design!