Friday at 8 pm - Bimonthly
  • Hosted by David Osenberg, MIchael Stern, Artistic Director Iris Orchestra

The Classical Network is proud to offer bi-monthly broadcasts of the IRIS Orchestra, an innovative group led by its founding Artistic Director and Conductor, Michael Stern. Maestro Stern, son of the legendary violinist Isaac Stern, is one of the world's great conductors and currently also Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony. IRIS Orchestra is a unique and successful model among American orchestras. It is an elite ensemble comprised of some of the preeminent players from all corners of the country and abroad. IRIS musicians have traveled to Germantown, Tennessee for 17 years to rehearse and perform in an exceptional climate of collegiality, always making IRIS Orchestra a priority in their musical schedules. Since its inaugural concert in October 2000 with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist, IRIS has played an essential role throughout the Greater Memphis community and continues its mission of commissioning American composers, presenting thoughtful and interesting programming blending the best of old and new. Our broadcasts consist of concerts recorded live in Duncan Williams Performance Hall at The Germantown Performing Arts Center in Germantown, Tennessee. Great music, world-class soloists, top rank conductor and musicians and a fully supporting audience is a winning combination. Join us for these monthly broadcasts of the IRIS Orchestra, heard exclusively here on award-winning The Classical Network and

IRIS Wired, The Classical Network's bi-monthly series of concerts by the IRIS Orchestra, this Friday (4/12 at 8 pm) features a program based on the theme of Springtime and Beauty. Founder, conductor and Artistic Director Michael Stern conducts the Hebrides Overture of Mendelssohn, Korngold's Violin Concerto with soloist Elena Urioste, Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Schumann's Symphony No. 1 ("Spring").

Based in Germantown, Tenn., the IRIS Orchestra is made up of preeminent musicians from around the country and led by Maestro Stern, son of the legendary violinist.

IRIS Wired, featured broadcasts by the innovative IRIS Orchestra based in Germantown, Tennessee, and led by founder, conductor and Artistic Director Michael Stern, this Friday (2/8 at 8 pm) presents a program of works by composers who were considered child prodigies. Included in the program are a string symphony by Mendelssohn composed when he was a teen, as well as mature symphonies by Haydn (No. 103) and Mozart (No. 40). Also featured is Samuel Barber's Souvenirs. 

Iris Orchestra under the direction of Michael Stern present a program of composers who were inspired by their own musical experience and surroundings: Bela Bartok's Divertimento for String Orchestra, Antonin Dvorak's Slavonic Dances and the Symphony No. 5 by Ralph Vaughan-Williams.

IRIS Wired returns for a new season with a concert program featuring Samel Barber's Suite from Medea, Charles Ives' Three Places in New England, and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 2. The Germantown, Tennessee-based IRIS Orchestra is directed by its founder, conductor and Artistic Director Michael Stern, son of the legendary violinist.

The IRIS Orchestra performs a program entitled "Powerful Vision" on this Friday's IRIS Wired (5/11) at 8 pm.

Friday night's concert broadcast (3/23) of IRIS Wired, The Classical Network's bi-monthly series of concerts by the IRIS Orchestra, presents entitled "Fun and Games," an evening of light-hearted music. Enjoy overtures by Carl Maria von Weber, Franz Lehar and Hector Berlioz, and music about games for kids and adults by Georges Bizet and Igor Stravinsky.

Join The IRIS Orchestra for The Classical Network in Concert's IRIS Wired Friday at 8 pm for a program titled "The Love Edition," featuring works inspired by and related to love.

The Classical Network in Concert presents the latest in our IRIS Wired series Friday (11/17) at 8 pm, entitled "The Natural World." Conductor Michael Stern conducts the IRIS Orchestra in works depicting the natural wonders, including Virgil Thomson's score to the 1937 documentary "The River," Giacomo Puccini's Chrysanthemums and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6.

The Classical Network in Concert this Friday (9/22) at 8 pm presents another IRIS Wired, The Classical Network’s bi-monthly series of concerts of the IRIS Orchestra. This week’s broadcast focuses on symphonic firsts by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Arnold Schoenberg, and an IRIS commission – the premiere performance of American composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 1 “Forgotten Chants and Refrains.”