Phoenix is an award-winning orchestra with the mission of presenting music in accessible and social atmospheres for all audiences. Known for its unique approach to audience interaction, the orchestra emphasizes creating real relationships with everybody that comes to see its shows. Since its inception in 2014, when it was called “eminently worth your attention” by the Boston Globe, Phoenix has been wowing classical music aficionados and rookies alike with its energetic playing, versatile programming, and an individualistic approach to larger orchestral repertoire.
In conjunction with its mission of reaching new audiences of all backgrounds, Phoenix is proud to be ensemble in residence at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. The residency is the first ever of its kind between an orchestra and brewery in the United States, and is a result of both Phoenix’s drive to engage a wider audience for classical music and Aeronaut’s investment in culture and events. In 2017 Phoenix presented Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat at Aeronaut with Frontline’s Will Lyman narrating as part of Aeronaut’s Pindrop Series. Last season the orchestra presented two programs at Aeronaut: the first, “Made in Boston” (December 2018), showcased the works of living Boston-area composers, and the second, “The Senses of Summer” (May 2019), featured soprano Margot Rood in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915. The orchestra returns to Aeronaut two times in the coming season, in February and May of 2020.
In 2016 the group expanded its mission to include the promotion of composers from groups that traditionally experience trouble having their voices heard in the orchestra world, including composers of color and women, presenting music by Anna Clyne, Osvaldo Golijov, Jessie Montgomery, and Florence Price in the following year. 2018 was a banner year for the group, featuring the world premiere of Maria Finkelmeier’s “Daft & Gritty for Chamber Orchestra,” and Phoenix’s first appearance at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum last October. In 2019 the orchestra gave the world premiere of Jeffrey Mumford’s “of radiances blossoming in expanding air…” with cello soloist Deborah Pae. This year Phoenix opens its sixth season with a return to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in September, featuring the premiere of a new work by Jonathan Bailey Holland alongside works by Julia Wolfe, Charles Ives, and Richard Wagner, among others. Throughout 2019-2020 Phoenix will present works by a variety of composers including: Roberto Sierra, Missy Mazzoli, Judd Greenstein, Arnold Schönberg, David Lang, Jessie Montgomery, and Caroline Shaw.