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Metro Chamber Orchestra

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Philip Nuzzo, Artistic Director

Now in its eleventh season, Metro Chamber Orchestra has developed into one of New York City's finest musical ensembles. Established in 2002 by Artistic Director Philip Nuzzo, MCO is comprised of some of New York City's best freelance musicians, many of whom are veterans of the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and major Broadway musical productions. In 2010 the Metro Chamber Orchestra took up permanent residence in Brooklyn and is an active part of the "Brooklyn Renaissance". Straight forward programming is the hallmark of a MCO concert. Audiences in New York and Boston alike have responded enthusiastically to programming that combines custom arrangements for chamber orchestra with commissions of entirely new instrumental and vocal works. MCO has performed reductions of Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Salome," selections from the Jonathan Dove reduction of Wagner's "Ring", and a highly acclaimed version of Debussy's "L' Enfant Prodigue" in a reduction by Philip Hagemann. MCO has also attracted world class soloists, collaborating with international opera stars Leona Mitchell, Donnie Ray Albert, Audrey Stottler, John Horton Murray Mikhail Svetlov, Erica Strauss and Monica Yunis. Thomas Leinart, Principal French horn of the St. Louis Symphony, Rafael Figueroa Principal cello The Judith-Ann Corrente and Willem Kooyker Chair and Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson - Principal The Lila Acheson Wallace Chair of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra are among the prestigious instrumental soloists which the MCO has featured. Commissions include a Clarinet Concerto by Sean Hickey and "Oneness "a violin concerto by Deon Nielsen Price. Notable players who have "graduated" from the MCO are David Gould, clarinet, Orchestre national de France Alucia Scalzo, clarinet, NY Philharmonic, Alex Sopp, flute, NY Philharmonic, Pedro Diaz, English horn, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Allegra Lilly, harp now with the Boston Symphony and St. Louis Symphony. Highlights oh the Metro Chamber Orchestra 2013-14 season include the American debut of Nancy Van de Vate's opera "All Quiet on the Western Front", Puccini's "Turandot" and the American premiere of Andreas Tarkamnn's arrangement of the Berg Violin concerto played by Metropolitan Opera violinist Yoon Kwon.

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