Back by Popular Demand: 2nd Annual Experiential Nutcracker!
December 1st at 3:30pm (children and young at heart) and 7:30pm (adults and young at heart). Come in costume or in street clothes, dance ballet or freestyle your own interpretation, or sit and listen up close to the orchestra-or even inside. We create the musical magic-you get to dance and dream inside it.
Tickets available here!
Sine Nomine at the Katzen Art Musem
Saturday, November 17th at 7:30pm
Tickets and information available here!
In a singular collaboration between the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center and Experiential Orchestra, audience members will be invited to experience the provocative art of Jim Sanborn through a curated soundscape that pairs the simulated antiquities in Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity with millennia-old musical compositions, all of which are "sine nomine," or "without a name." These anonymous compositions will each be paired with a contemporary Cambodian replica of ancient Khmer art, creating a dialogue about art and identity, maker and craft when confronted with creativity that bears no title. 75 minutes, without intermission, featuring a post-concert reception with the artists.
It takes a District: Phillips After 5
Thursday, October 4th from 5-8:30pm at the Phillips Collection
EXO performs excerpts from Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Prison at the famous Phillips Collection in a partnership with The Outrage DC and Tryst in an event aimed to “change the narrative of female composers and female artists.”
An Introduction to Beethoven at Lincoln Center
Thursday, April 12 at 7pm at the Stanley H. Kaplan Playhouse
With the power and passion of Beethoven's symphonies performed by one of New York's most inventive orchestras, this all-Beethoven program will invite audience members to experience the entire trajectory of the famous composer’s symphonies in an evening that is equal parts party and concert.
Using Beethoven’s musical introductions to each symphony as a vehicle, Music Director James Blachly and the Experiential Orchestra (back by popular demand after their sold-out 101 Series engagement last fall) will lead an evening equally fascinating for those who have been listening to Beethoven’s symphonies for years as for those who have never set foot in a concert hall, leaving audiences with new perspectives on how the creative process changes over the course of a great composer’s life.
Tickets are $75, and are available by contacting the Young Patrons at email@example.com or 212.875.5236.
Nutcracker Dance Party!
@DiMenna Center, 450 West 37th Street
Have you always wished you could jump up on stage and dance as the Sugarplum Fairy or soar to the gorgeous melody of the pas de deux? Now is your chance. Inhibition-nullifying drinks available, with a special offer of sitting INSIDE the orchestra. We can't wait!
8pm Thursday November 30: Dance party for Adults
2:30pm Saturday December 2: Kid-Friendly Dance Party (ages 5+ w/ adult dance companions)
Changing the World Through Listening
5:30-8:30pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017@
Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theater 165 West 65th Street
Lincoln Center Education teams up with NYSCI to present a uniquely curated concert with James Blachly, Music Director of the Experiential Orchestra, that invites you into the sound and powerful experience of listening that changes the world around you. Join us as we find a new way to explore the feeling of sound, and participate in a fascinating discussion about art, science, learning and personal expression. Speakers to include James Blachly, Jean Taylor (The New School) and Katie Culp (New York Hall of Science). More info here; if you wish to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org by September 20, 2017.
The Sins in Concert
7:30pm Thursday, 5 October @ American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets available here
4400 Massachusetts Ave
NW Washington , DC 20016
In partnership with Conductor James Blachly and the Experiential Orchestra, American University Museum presents The Sins in Concert, an evening of newly-commissioned musical works created in response to William Woodward’s exhibition, The Seven Deadly Sins. Guests will be invited to examine each painting while listening to two contrasting pieces of music.
Join us for a musical performance that will prompt you to reflect on your experience as viewers in new and surprising ways!
Light refreshments will be served; Tickets can be purchased for $25 per ticket.
Season Announcement and Fundraising Concert
Thursday, April 27th in a gorgeous loft in the Flatiron District: Cocktails at 6pm, Concert at 7pm
Tickets are $50 and can be paid in advance or at the door
Featuring performances by the Brothers Balliett and the opportunity to be a part of history!
Centuries of Latin American Orchestral Music, 18th century to the present
April 7, 2017 at 7pm at Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue
This event has passed; information here.
Rite of Spring Dance Party
March 18, 2017 at 8pm @ DOCK 5, Union Market
This event is officially SOLD OUT. Tickets will are no longer offered on the Halcyon Stage website.
Double Reed Madness with Brad Balliett
Thursday January 12, 2017 at 8pm at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Experiential Orchestra paired the virtuosity and brilliance of two of America’s most exciting bassoonists—brilliant visionary Brad Balliett and William Short, principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera—with world premieres by rising star Viet Cuong and Brad Balliett, an exclusive New York appearance by Macedonian zurna superstar Milo Destanovski, and a finale of double reed insanity, including more than two dozen oboes and bassoons playing French military music.
Listening 101 at Lincoln Center Presented by Young Patrons of Lincoln Center
Read about the experience of one audience member here.
September 22 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Playhouse
7pm for Cocktails
Part concert, part party, Listening 101 breaks down the fourth wall by placing you in the center of the orchestra while they perform Beethoven’s effervescent Seventh Symphony. Regardless of your familiarity with orchestras and classical music, we’d love to have you join us for a fascinating and fun night among friends. Step on stage and experience entirely new worlds of sound, paired perfectly with snacks and an open bar.
Photos from the wonderful event available here.
MIT-Sloan Club of NY Private Event:
September 30 @ Scandinavia House: SOLD OUT
We closed out our 2015-16 season with a VOCAL FESTIVAL May 6 and June 10th, both held at the beautiful National Opera Center's Scorca Hall.
Songs of Ishmael at the National Opera Center 330 7th Avenue at 28th Street
Friday June 10th, 2016
Sopranos Nacole Palmer and Molly Quinn performed EXO Music Director James Blachly's epic song cycle on texts from Herman Melville's Moby Dick with renowned pianist Bénédicte Jourdois in Scorca Hall, which evokes, Jonah-like, the inside of a whale.
Tickets and info here; RECORDING IN PROGRESS!
Folk Songs for Choir at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue at 28th Street
May 6th, 2016 at 8pm
The Experiential Orchestra Choir presented a concert of gorgeous folk songs arranged for choir by Vaughan Williams, James Blachly, and others.
Tickets and info here.
Rite of Spring Dance Party National Sawdust, part of their Rite of Spring Festival
March 28, 2016
EXO was invited to perform in National Sawdust's first Rite of Spring Festival. Many photos from this performance are featured on our Media page.
Petrouchka Live at the Muse
March 26th, 2016
In partnership with Groupmuse and The Muse Brooklyn Circus, The Experiential Orchestra presented Stravinsky’s Petrouchka ballet with compelling circus choreography by Angela Buccini to a beyond-capacity crowd. Article from WQXR here.
New Music Speed Dating
February 14th, 2016
The Experiential Orchestra Chamber Ensemble; music co-curated by EXO Music Director James Blachly and Artistic Advisor Patrick Castillo, brilliantly paired the speed-dating model of having 18 short conversations with short snippets of fascinating new (and old) music for strings. Spectrum 121 Ludlow St #2, New York, NY. With Sooyun Kim, flute, Karen Kim, violin, Cong Wu, viola, Mike Nicolas, cello, Julia Den Boer, piano
Note that there is a sizable "Friends Only" portion of the audience; both singles and non-singles welcome!
Set list included: Toru TAKEMITSU: Voice, Zoltan KODALY: Duo for violin and cello: I. Allegro serioso non troppo, Joh. BRAHMS: Viola Sonata in E-flat, op. 120, no. 2: Allegro amabile, Aaron COPLAND: Piano Quartet: I. Adagio serio; Jörg WIDMANN: Etude no. 2; Patrick CASTILLO: Incident for cello and piano, Amadeus REGUCERA: Inexpressible (v.2), James BLACHLY: La Gitane, improvisation, Iannis XENAKIS: Dikhthas, W.A. MOZART: Flute Quartet in D, K. 285: I. Allegro, Beat FURRER: Voicelessness: The Snow Has No Voice, Olivier MESSIAEN: Quatuor pour la fin du temps: Louange à l'Éternite de Jésus, Robert SCHUMANN: Piano Quartet in E-flat, op. 47: III. Andante cantabile
Rite of Spring Dance Party NYC
September 19, 2015
The Experiential Orchestra partnered with Groupmuse to bring the ROSDP to Fort Greene, Brooklyn. All proceeds went toward Musicambia, a program that brings conservatory-style music education to prisons and jails across the United States. See here and here for WQXR coverage of the event.
Bass Battles-RECORDING IN POST-PROCESS look here for updates for availability
September 3, 2015 State College, Pennsylvania
September 5, 2015 Tenri Cultural Institue, NYC
The Double Bass was once an instrument that featured some of the most electrifying fireworks, with virtuosi like Domenico Dragonetti causing a similar hysteria in audiences as Paganini. Long relegated to a more essential, basic function (pun apologetically acknowledged) in the orchestra, the instrument has experienced a tremendous revitalization over the past fifty years, and the level of playing world-wide has exploded.
A concert featuring the virtuosic tradition of the double bass, once lost and now revived, performed by two of the most celebrated period double bassists in the US: Robert Nairn and Doug Balliett, and featuring Loren Ludwig, viola da gamba.
Symphonie fantastique at The Muse
July 31, 2015
In partnership with Groupmuse, EXO Presented Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with the acrobatic choreography of Brooklyn’s Muse Circus. Hundreds of eager audience members came together in a Bushwick warehouse for an unforgettable experience. Video here.
The Church and The Pub
February 7, 2015
The Experiential Orchestra Choir, with guest conductor Alexander Blachly, presented a unique and intimate concert celebrating the time-honored connection between the Pub and the Church. Exploring the relationship of secular and sacred music, the concert will feature drinking songs and liturgical works connected across the centuries, from the 14th to 21st.
Rite of Spring Dance Party Boston
January 18, 2015
The first ever Rite of Spring Dance Party was held at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston in partnership with Boston Philharmonic New Directions in a benefit for Music for Food. Read this account by oboist Nick Tisherman, and watch this documentary by Dave Jamrog.
The Concert to Benefit El-Sistema inspired youth orchestras in New York, New Jersey, and New Orleans
June 28th, 2014
Over 150 students from El-Sistema inspired youth orchestras in the New York metro area joined together in a concert to benefit programs near and far that are working to expand access to music education opportunities for young people in underserved communities. The collaborative youth orchestra was followed by the Experiential Orchestra performing Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra lead by concertmaster Krista Bennion Feeney.
Hosted by Jamie Bernstein, "The Concert" benefited 7 El-Sistema model youth programs: Harmony Program, Corona Youth Music Project, Make Music NOLA, Union City Music Project, UP-Beat NYC, Washington Heights, Inwood (WHIN) Music Project, and the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's.
February 2, 2014
We were proud to present Contemporary Haydn, a concert program of Haydn’s Symphony No. 92, the “Oxford,” and the premieres of freshly fathomed response pieces by composers Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett, Patrick Castillo, Nicholas DeMaison, Kate Ettinger, and Jessie Montgomery. Whereas former concerts had individual members of the audience invited to sit amongst the orchestra, this was the concert where we famously invited the entire audience on stage for the first time, allowing them all to be surrounded by the sound in a new way. This was the birth of EXO's patented audience involvement.
Throughout 2010 and 2011, we performed "Loft Parties," which were basically orchestral Groupmuse events in a beautiful midtown Loft. Audience members were practically on top of us as we played, and the sound of Brahms and Beethoven was POWERFUL. Motivated partly by a desire to re-create the sound-world of Beethoven's premieres (many of which were held in large rooms, rather than large concert halls), and partly with a desire to invite the audience to experience the music in a new, powerful way, the Loft Parties form the poetic beginning of EXO.