Higher Purpose Productions presents the launch of Orchestra Moderne NYC at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8pm. Orchestra Moderne NYC is a new, dynamic, and game-changing ensemble founded by internationally known conductor Amy Andersson in March 2017. Featuring top musicians in New York City, this diverse orchestra will engage audiences by performing music from film scores, video games, and concert music that is relevant and connected to the important cultural issues in our society. Their mission is to create musical experiences that celebrate humanity and are connected to key social issues, resonating with diverse audiences of music lovers, and providing inclusive opportunities for all composers and performers including women and minorities.
The inaugural program, titled The Journey to America: From Repression to Freedom (Part 1), celebrates the legacy of immigration to America. Orchestra Moderne NYC makes its debut featuring Peter Boyer’s Grammy-nominated work Ellis Island: The Dream of America. This beautiful tribute to historic American immigration features seven actors reading stories chosen from the Ellis Island Oral History Project, accompanied by an emotional orchestral score and projected photos from the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Also on the program is Overture to Light by Emmy-winning composer Lolita Ritmanis, the world premiere of Steven Lebetkin’s compelling Violin Concerto with soloist Momo Wong, and the beloved Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland.
Conductor Amy Andersson has toured throughout 20 countries conducting operatic, symphonic and video game repertoire. Named by British music critic Norman Lebrecht as “America’s most watched Symphony Orchestra Conductor,” Ms. Andersson is known for her dynamic and moving performances.
In 2014 Ms. Andersson toured with the video game show Replay; Symphony of Heroes and was Music Director from 2015-2017 for the internationally celebrated tour of Zelda Symphony: Symphony of the Goddesses. In addition to performing, Ms. Andersson has been an active teacher of conducting, holding the post of guest professor of conducting at the Berlin University of Arts in Germany, and is a well-known advocate and supporter of new composers and up and coming opera singers. This is Ms. Andersson’s first time as producer of a musical event– she also has dual Austrian/American citizenship.
Lolita Ritmanis is a 10-time Emmy Award-nominated American-Latvian composer, having won this award for her work on Batman Beyond in 2002.
Ritmanis is currently composing music for hit TV series Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, as well other exciting projects.
Ritmanis’s symphonic work Overture to Light, which had its European premiere as part of the World Latvian Cultural Conference in Riga, Latvia in 2014, will have its US premiere at The Journey to America: From Repression to Freedom (Part 1) concert. Inspiration for this work comes from Ritmanis’s parents and the generations of Latvians that fled Communism during World War II. We spoke to Lolita about her interesting past and how it inspires her music, especially her piece Overture to Light.