Four Cellos from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra


The Meeting House’s premier 1731 Series returns this season with a quartet of four cellos from

the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, November 6 at 4 p.m.


The concert will include works by Rossini, Bach, Mozart and Meeting House board member Peter Susser.  The 1731 Series features professional musicians from the metropolitan area and honors the year the building was constructed, making it the oldest public building on the East End of Long Island.

Tickets are $20, with a price of $50 at the patron level, and are available at www.jamesportmeetighouse.org.

A meet-the-artists reception will follow the performance.

“The only thing better than one cello is four cellos,” according to Mr. Susser, himself both a composer and a cellist. This will be a concert to remember!

Not surprisingly, given their connections to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, members of the ensemble have illustrious backgrounds. Cellist Eric Bartlett has been a member of Orpheus for almost 40 years. He recently retired from the New York Philharmonic after 23 years. He served 14 seasons as principal cellist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and was a guest principal of the American Ballet Theatre orchestra.

Mr. Bartlett made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in 2015 in Per Nørgård’s Second Cello Concerto. He is an adjunct professor at The Juilliard School, where he teaches orchestral repertoire for cello and coaches the conductor-less Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. This is his third appearance at the Jamesport Meeting House, most recently last spring as part of the New Jersey String Quartet.

Melissa Meell has performed throughout the world as both soloist and chamber musician. She has the rare distinction of twice winning the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award, as a founding member of The Primavera Quartet and The Mannes Trio. Ms. Meell has been a member of The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for thirty years, with whom she has made over seventy recordings for Deutsche Grammophone, Nonesuch and EMI records.

James Wilson is both a member and Artistic Coordinator of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He also regularly serves as guest principal cellist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and as Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (CMSCVA) in Richmond. For more than thirty years, Mr. Wilson has nurtured and enjoyed an exciting and varied career as performer and educator, bringing the joy of music to audiences throughout the world, from small towns to the world’s most illustrious venues. Acclaimed for his singing tone, and intelligent and soulful approach to music, the Los Angeles Times described Wilson as a musician “with something to say and a commanding way of saying it.”

Madeline Fayette, who frequently performs with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, also regularly performs with the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society, New York Classical Players, Shattered Glass, and innovative genre-defying organizations Cantata Profana and Heartbeat Opera. In addition, she has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony, Princeton Symphony and Broadway’s recent revival of Hello Dolly. Praised for her “charisma…lovely tone and phrasing,” Ms. Fayette is part of a new generation of artist-teachers creating audiences through inventive community engagement and compelling performances.




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