Debuts January 21, 2009

Orpheus is delighted to announce the launch a groundbreaking web-series designed to highlight the artistry, skill, and drama which are inherently part of this behind-the-scenes project.

This 12-part documentary will follow several members of the orchestra through the process of practicing, rehearsing, and performing in this unique collaboration with Anoushka Shankar. Titled Raga Saga, the first webisode will debut January 21 with additional webisodes posted daily until February 1.

Orpheus rehearses and performs without a conductor. The absence of a single leader ensures a truly collaborative process for making music. Each musician brings his or her personal ideas and experiences to the rehearsal room, which are then collectively synthesized into the performance of any given musical piece.

This kind of access into the commissioning, rehearsing, and performing process of a world-class chamber orchestra is unprecedented. Those of us who work in the field understand how exciting and inspiring the process is – the personalities and interactions are engaging. We want to share that process with our audiences and the greater music-loving world.

Filmmakers Chris and Alex Browne have been chosen by Orpheus for their unique style and cutting-edge filmmaking. They will document the passion, chaos, and excitement of the collaboration between Ravi, Anoushka and the Orpheus musicians – both on and off the stage – providing viewers with an inside look at what it takes to create and refine a finished product for the world to hear. This new series is the first of its kind, documenting a major classical orchestra from the first reading to public performance.

We couldn’t be more excited to have such a talented team creating the series. Their previous work has been extremely engaging and we’re looking forward to their unique view of the Orpheus process and how they will share it with us. We know you will too.

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OrpheusRaga is a project of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

OrpheusRaga partner websites include

Sulekha.com is the Official Internet Sponsor of Orpheus' Shankar Project

Orpheus' Shankar Project is made possible in part through the support of

Lafayette College, Skadden Arps, and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

MetLife Foundation is the Official Tour and Radio Sponsor of Orpheus