The Greenwich Village Orchestra

GVO Concerts from Years Past…

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2016 — 2017 Season

Sep 25, 2016 at 3pm

From the New World

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Adele Anthony, violin

All-Dvořák program:
 – Slavonic Dance Op 46, No. 1
 – Violin Concerto
 – Symphony No. 9 From the New World

Join us as as we open our 30th anniversary season with music by our former neighbor, Dvořák. We start with a fond farewell to summer with a bucolic Slavonic Dance, welcome back violinist Adele Anthony and her “undeniably sweet tone” (The Dallas Morning News) for the lyrical, dramatic Violin Concerto, and finish with the ever-popular “New World” Symphony, performed as part of the New York Philharmonic’s The New World Initiative, a citywide celebration of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary centered around Dvořák’s symphony and its theme of “home”.

Nov 6, 2016 at 3pm

Russian Romantics

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Imri Talgam, piano

Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet (selections from Suites 1 & 2)
Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé Suite
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

With the passionate balcony scene, the masked ball, and a dramatic duel, Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet Suites captures Shakespeare’s immortal tale of star-crossed lovers. Rachmaninoff’s lush Second Piano Concerto — one of his most popular works, full of beloved melodies — is just as romantic, featuring Imri Talgam, winner of the 11th International Piano Competition of Orléans. Prokofiev’s witty, brass-powered Lieutenant Kijé Suite rounds out the program.

Dec 4, 2016 at 3pm

Annual Family Concert

Washington Irving Auditorium

The GVO’s popular annual tradition continues!

Join us for a holiday romp with Bizet’s toreadors, Copland’s cowboys, Brahms’ Hungarians, sleigh rides with Anderson and Prokofiev, and Sarasate’s gypsy violin music with young soloist Ben Lerman.

Actionplay will sing, and music therapy students from the Brooklyn Conservatory will join us on stage in an interactive program suitable for children of all ages.

Free admission for children under 12!

Feb 5, 2017 at 3pm

Love from the GVO

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Jason Smoller, cor anglais†
  • Gary Dranch, clarinet‡

Sibelius Swan of Tuonela†
R. Strauss Don Juan
Debussy Rhapsody‡
Ravel Daphnis & Chloé Suite No. 2

Are you a romantic or a rake? From the love story of Daphnis and Chloé to the escapades of Don Juan, Valentine’s Day comes early this year as the GVO shares its love of music with orchestral showpieces featuring two of our own musicians in the solo spotlight.

Mar 19, 2017 at 3pm

Beethoven 9!

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Rachel Rosales, soprano
  • Jan Wilson, mezzo-soprano
  • John Tiranno, tenor
  • Peter Stewart, baritone

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

One of classical music’s most enduring and beloved masterpieces, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is a powerful statement of joy, love, and humanity. Experience this iconic work, the composer’s final symphonic utterance, with the GVO joined by Seraphim (directed by Robert Long), Ars Musica Chorale, Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale, and acclaimed soloists.

Apr 30, 2017 at 3pm

Chamber Concert

Tenri Cultural Institute

Enjoy an intimate afternoon with chamber groups from the Greenwich Village Orchestra.

Strings, winds, brass, piano, and even a singer form a tantalizing variety of combinations in music, ranging from classics by Schubert, to a duet by contemporary composer Caroline Shaw, and finishing up with a jazzy sextet by Martinů.

We look forward to seeing you at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York.

May 7, 2017 at 3pm

Broadway Downtown

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Grasan Kingsberry, tenor
  • Betsy Struxness, soprano

Our 30th anniversary season finale pays tribute to two other New York City music-loving institutions: Broadway and Tin Pan Alley. Featuring classics by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Bernstein, Sondheim, and Styne!

2015 — 2016 Season

Oct 4, 2015 at 3pm

Festive Beginnings

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Edward Arron, cello

Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Elgar Cello Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

The GVO kicks off the season with the boisterous Academic Festival Overture by Brahms along with Beethoven’s exhilarating Symphony No. 7. We are delighted to welcome back Edward Arron to play Elgar’s uniquely lyric Cello Concerto.

Nov 22, 2015 at 3pm


Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Jesse Blumberg, baritone

Verdi Forza del Destino Overture
Mahler Songs of the Wayfarer
Strauss Death and Transfiguration

Baritone Jesse Blumberg sings Mahler’s poignant orchestral songs in a program featuring works by three great composers whose musical journeys explore the transience of life and love.

Dec 13, 2015 at 3pm

Annual Family Concert

Washington Irving Auditorium

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the GVO’s Annual Family Concert! We welcome children and families to an interactive program featuring the talented youngsters of the Actionplay chorus along with masterpieces by Bizet, Beethoven, and Strauss.

Feb 7, 2016 at 3pm

Northern Lights

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Ko-Eun Yi, piano

Sibelius Symphony No. 7
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
Sibelius Finlandia

The GVO celebrates the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth with two seminal works, his Symphony No. 7 and the beloved Finlandia, paired with Grieg’s iconic romantic piano concerto, performed by rising star Ko-Eun Yi.

Apr 10, 2016 at 2:30pm

Spring Forward

Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Avenue

  • Andrés Cárdenes, violin

Mozart Adagio and Rondo
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 “The Reformation

Internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Andrés Cárdenes brings his multi-faceted talent to works by Mozart and Bruch, then the GVO will take center stage in a performance of Mendelssohn’s stirring “Reformation” Symphony.

May 22, 2016 at 3pm

Final Metamorphosis

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Eric Mahl, conductor*
  • Brandon Ridenour, trumpet

Gershwin Cuban Overture*
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis
Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2 (transcribed for trumpet)
Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien

Hindemith transforms a simple theme by Carl Maria von Weber into a symphonic masterpiece and virtuoso trumpet soloist Brandon Ridenour transforms Mozart’s effervescent flute concerto into a fantastic show piece in the GVO’s season finale.

2014 — 2015 Season

Oct 5, 2014 at 3pm

Friends & Family

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Itamar Zorman, violin

Beethoven Violin Concerto
Elgar Enigma Variations

Internationally acclaimed soloist Itamar Zorman returns to perform Beethoven’s elegant Violin Concerto. Elgar’s sumptuous musical portrait of his close circle of friends rounds out our season opener.

Nov 16, 2014 at 3pm

Musical Mavericks

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Brook Speltz, cello

Griffes The White Peacock
Schumann Cello Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 1

Rising star Brook Speltz plays the Schumann Cello Concerto alongside works by Griffes and Sibelius—romantics with a modern sensibility.

Dec 7, 2014 at 3pm

Annual Holiday Concert

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Benjamin Vokits, tuba
  • Helen-Jean Arthur, narrator

Tubby the Tuba and a selection of seasonal classics

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the GVO’s Annual Family Concert! This year, our own Ben Vokits and Helen Jean Arthur will take the spotlight in Tubby the Tuba. With good music, audience participation and our instrument petting zoo, there’ll be fun for the whole family.

Mar 1, 2015 at 3pm

Momentous Mahler

Washington Irving Auditorium

Mahler Symphony No. 5

From the opening fanfare to the closing chords, through marches, dances and storms, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony will envelop you in an intense musical world filled with humanity, spirituality and emotion. Performed with passion by the GVO in the lush acoustics of Washington Irving Auditorium, this concert should not be missed!

Apr 12, 2015 at 3pm

Totally Tchaikovsky

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor
  • Siwoo Kim, violin

Tchaikovsky Festival Coronation March
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

An all Tchaikovsky program led by our favorite guest conductor from the Metropolitan Opera, Pierre Vallet, and featuring young virtuoso Siwoo Kim in the composer’s beloved Violin Concerto.

May 17, 2015 at 3pm

Summer in the City

Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Naomi O’Connell, mezzo-soprano

Rossini William Tell Overture
Berlioz Les nuits d’été
Last Night’s Symphonie” a music video with music from Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Gershwin An American in Paris

Summer kicks off with sensational mezzo soprano Naomi O’Connell singing Berlioz’s poignant song cycle Les nuits d’été, orchestral favorites by Gershwin and Rossini, and our first ever music video—watch as Symphonie Fantastique comes alive in New York City!

2013 — 2014 Season

Sunday Oct 6 2013

Beethoven, Saint-Saëns & Franck

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

BeethovenLeonore Overture No. 3
Saint-Saëns — Cello Concerto No. 1
Franck — Symphony in D minor

Sunday Nov 17 2013

Zorman, Tchaikovsky & Brahms

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Itamar Zorman, violin

Moshe ZormanGalilean Suite
TchaikovskyRomeo and Juliet, fantasy overture
Brahms — Violin Concerto

Sunday Dec 8 2013

Together in Music Holiday Concert

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

An interactive concert for families where children can take part in making music with a full symphony orchestra! This year we collaborate with the young musicians from The Miracle Project and the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center. The GVO’s Gary Dranch will be on hand to play Rossini’s Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra, and everyone can have a go at the Instrument Petting Zoo.

Sunday Feb 9 2014

Berlioz, Ravel & Brahms

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor
  • Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

Berlioz — Excerpts from The Damnation of Faust
Brahms — Symphony No. 4

Sunday Mar 30 2014

Barber & Prokofiev

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Hye-Jin Kim, violin

Barber — Violin Concerto
Prokofiev — Symphony No. 5

Sunday May 18 2014


3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Adriana Salgado, dancer
  • Orlando Reyes, dancer

CoplandEl Salón México
Rimsky-KorsakovCapriccio Espagnol
Tangos by Piazzolla
GinasteraEstancia, four dances

2012 — 2013 Season

Sunday Dec 2 2012

Smetana, Mendelssohn & Sibelius

3pm in Old Stuyvesant Campus

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Aaron Boyd, violin

SmetanaThe Moldau
Mendelssohn — Violin Concerto
Sibelius — Symphony No. 2 

Sunday Jan 13 2013

Family Concert: Music can…

3pm in Old Stuyvesant Campus

It can make us want to dance, sing, march in a parade or conduct a symphony orchestra! Music can make us feel excited or quiet—and can even make people howl at the moon!

Join the Greenwich Village Orchestra on a Sunday afternoon and experience what music can do for families with kids of all ages.

Sunday Mar 10 2013

Tchaikovsky Extravaganza

3pm in Old Stuyvesant Campus

  • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor
  • David Heiss, cello

   Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
   Variations on a Rococo Theme
   Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

Sunday Apr 28 2013

Opera Spectacular

3pm in Old Stuyvesant Campus

  • Christine Goerke, dramatic soprano
  • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor

Don’t miss Grammy Award-winning dramatic soprano Christine Goerke of the Metropolitan Opera in an extraordinary performance with the GVO! Returning guest conductor Pierre Vallet leads a concert of Wagner’s greatest highlights, with guest appearance by baritone Jesse Blumberg.

2011 — 2012 Season

Sunday Oct 2 2011

Dvořák Festival

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Na-Young Baek, cello

Dvořák —
   Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 8
   Cello Concerto
   Symphony No. 8

Sunday Nov 20 2011


3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor*
  • Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano

Humperdinck — Hansel and Gretel Overture*
Elgar — Sea Pictures*
Mussorgsky/Ravel — Pictures at an Exhibition

Sunday Dec 11 2011

Annual Family Concert

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor

An interactive program for the whole family including excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Copland’s Rodeo and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Sunday Feb 12 2012

Wagner, Bruch & Beethoven

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Pierre Vallet, guest conductor
  • Hye-Jin Kim, violin

Wagner — Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
BruchScottish Fantasy
Beethoven — Symphony No. 4

Sunday Mar 25 2012

Khachaturian & Brahms

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Farkhad Khudyev, guest conductor
  • Robert Hayden, violin

Khachaturian — Sabre Dance
Khachaturian — Violin Concerto
Brahms — Symphony No. 3

Sunday May 20 2012

Russian Symphonies

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Yaniv Segal, guest conductor*

Shostakovich — Symphony No. 9*
Tchaikovsky — Symphony No. 5

2010 — 2011 Season

Sunday Oct 3 2010

Mozart & Tchaikovsky

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Daniel Liao, bassoon

MozartDie Zauberflöte Overture
Mozart — Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra
Tchaikovsky — Symphony No. 2

Sunday Nov 14 2010

Bruch & Vaughan Williams

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Alice Ivy Pemberton, violin

Bruch — Violin Concerto No. 1
Vaughan WilliamsA London Symphony (Symphony No. 2)

Sunday Dec 12 2010

Annual Family Concert

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor

A fun program for all ages including Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Sunday Feb 13 2011

All Brahms Concert

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Jesse Mills, violin
  • Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

   Hungarian Dance No. 1
   Double Concerto in A minor
   Symphony No. 2

Sunday Apr 3 2011

All American Concert

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Amanda Nisenson, soprano

IvesVariations on ‘America’
American songbook selections
Hanson — Symphony No. 2

Sunday May 15 2011

Fanfares, Fireworks & Fate

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Warren Wernick, trumpet

Telemann — Trumpet Concerto in D Major
HandelMusic for the Royal Fireworks
Beethoven — Symphony No. 5

2009 — 2010 Season

Sunday Nov 22 2009

Chasing Light

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Lisa Kozenko, oboe

Barber — Canzonetta for Oboe and Strings
SchwantnerChasing Light…*
Dvořák — Symphony No. 9, From the New World

* New York City premiere. Chasing Light… was part of Ford Made in America, a partnership program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

Sunday Dec 13 2009

Annual Family Concert

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Helen-Jean Arthur, narrator

An enjoyable program for the whole family including Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

Sunday Feb 21 2010

Glière, Prokofiev & Shostakovich

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Joe Puglia, violin

GlièreRussian Sailors Dance
Prokofiev — Violin Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich — Symphony No. 5

Sunday Apr 11 2010

Barber & Mahler

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Ransom Wilson, guest conductor
  • Ava Pine, soprano

BarberKnoxville: Summer of 1915
Mahler — Symphony No. 4

Sunday May 23 2010

Sketches & Stories

3pm in Washington Irving Auditorium

  • Barbara Yahr, conductor
  • Robin Seletsky, clarinet
  • Brian Melick, percussion

Ippolitov-IvanovCaucasian Sketches, Suite №1
The Well Tempered Klezmier   (arr. Seletsky / Marcus)