Now in its eighth season, Metro Chamber Orchestra has developed into one of New York City's finest musical ensembles. Founded in 2002 by Artistic Director Philip Nuzzo, MCO is comprised of some of New York City's best freelance musicians, many of whom are veterans of the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and major Broadway musical productions. Audiences in New York and Boston alike have responded enthusiastically to programming that combines custom arrangements for chamber orchestra wth commissions of entirely new instrumental and vocal works. MCO has performed reductions of Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Salome," selections from the Jonathan Dove reduction of Wagner's "Ring" (featuring Metropolitan Opera soprano Audrey Stottler), and a highly acclaimed version of Debussy's "L' Enfant Prodigue" in a reduction by Philip Hagemann. MCO has also attracted world class soloists, collaborating with New York Philharmonic French Hornist Thomas Leinart, Oboist Pedro Diaz, Principal Cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Rafael Figueroa, and Metropolitan Opera Soprano Monica Yunis. Commissions and New York premieres include a Clarinet Concerto by Sean Hickey, the Concerto for Contrabass by MCO member Pawel Knapik, and works by Jennifer Higdonand Douglas Kostner
Maestro Philip Nuzzo
Philip Nuzzo's highly diverse and successful performing career has brought him debuts throughout the Far East, Europe, and the United States. In recent seasons, he has been a principal guest conductor of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt, Mo. Nuzzo has held the post of Artistic Director of the Mississippi Opera. Guest conducting appearances include work at the Music at Penn's Woods Festival, the highly acclaimed St. Olaf Orchestra and the Niagara Symphony among others. He has appeared with major symphonies in Vienna, Austria and Kharkov, Ukraine. In the field of opera, Philip Nuzzo has appeared with the Tampa Bay Opera, Cairo Opera among others. He has conducted Aida with Metropolitan Opera soprano Leona Mitchell in Hong Kong and has premiered the Jonathan Dove reduction of Wagner's Ring in an exciting concert with the internationally renowned soprano Audrey Stottler. His Metro Chamber Orchestra has commissioned re-orchestrations excerpts of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier" and "Salome". Now in his eighth season as artistic director of the Metro Chamber Orchestra he has led the orchestra in both the standard repertoire and many new works including several commissions. This season he leads the MCO in the New York premiere of Philip Hagemann's "Ruth" as well as commissioned works by Mordelli and Miller. He will also lead the Metro Chamber Orchestra in a live film score, Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light" in January 2010.