May
13
7:30 pm19:30

Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

May 13, 2017: Beethoven's Ninth!
Wagner – Overture to Tannhäuser
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Featuring soloists: Kathryn Mueller, Luthien Brackett, Rufus Müller, and Michael Chioldi

Jul
20
Jul 23

Don Giovanni with Geneva Light Opera

James to conduct Don Giovanni in his third season with Geneva Light Opera. Ticket link will be linked here when they are available for purchase.


Apr
7
7:30 pm19:30

Latin American Music at Americas Society (68th and Park)

In a program curated by Sebastián Zubieta, Experiential Orchestra — led by James Blachly — presents a program spotlighting previously unheralded composers living in eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century Argentina, Brazil, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, and Mexico, including the Chevalier St. Georges, Alberto Nepomuceno, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, and José Eulalio Samayoa.

here.

Apr
1
7:30 pm19:30

French Brilliance

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

French Brilliance: April 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Debussy – Prélude à l'aprés-midi d'un faune"
Saint-Saëns – Cello Concerto in A Minor
Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique
Featuring rising star Jonah Ellsworth

Sep
22
8:00 pm20:00

Listening 101 at Lincoln Center

Listening 101 at Lincoln Center Presented by Young Patrons of Lincoln Center

September 22 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Playhouse
7pm for Cocktails
SOLD OUT

Part concert, part party, Listening 101 breaks down the fourth wall by placing you in the center of the orchestra while they perform Beethoven’s effervescent Seventh Symphony. Regardless of your familiarity with orchestras and classical music, we’d love to have you join us for a fascinating and fun night among friends. Step on stage and experience entirely new worlds of sound, paired perfectly with snacks and an open bar. 

Photos from the wonderful event available here.

Jul
21
Jul 24

Die Fledermaus

James will conduct Strauss's Viennese masterpiece with the Geneva Light Opera.

Smith Opera House, Geneva, New York

Jun
10
8:00 pm20:00

Songs of Ishmael at National Opera Center

Songs of Ishmael at the National Opera Center (330 7th Avenue at 28th Street)

Friday June 10th, 2016

Sopranos Nacole Palmer and Molly Quinn perform EXO Music Director James Blachly's epic song cycle on texts from Herman Melville's Moby Dick with renowned pianist Bénédicte Jourdois in Scorca Hall, which evokes, Jonah-like, the inside of a whale. 

Tickets and info here.

May
6
8:00 pm20:00

Folk Songs for Choir at National Opera Center

Folk Songs for Choir at the National Opera Center (330 7th Avenue at 28th Street)

May 6th, 2016 at 8pm

The Sheep Island Ensemble presents a concert of gorgeous folk songs arranged for choir by Vaughan Williams, James Blachly, and others. 

Tickets and info here.

Mar
28
8:00 pm20:00

Rite of Spring Dance Party at National Sawdust

We invite the audience to move, sweat, and dance to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring performed live. The unmatched savage power and brilliance of the music feels revolutionary again in the Rite of Spring Dance Party, where you can find yourself in the Glorification of the Chosen One and dance to exhaustion in the Danse Sacrale. The ballet caused riots at its premiere, but no modern performance of the piece can match the energy of hundreds of people responding physically to Stravinsky’s earth-shaking score. The orchestra will provide the Stravinsky; the audience will provide their own impromptu choreography. Experience the visceral power of this music like never before in a night not to be missed!

Tickets here.

Mar
26
8:00 pm20:00

Petrouchka Live at the Muse

  • Muse Circus

In partnership with GroupMuse and The Muse Brooklyn Circus, The Experiential Orchestra will bring you Stravinsky’s Petrouchka ballet with compelling circus choreography by Angela Buccini.  Join us on March 26 at The Muse Bushwick 350 Moffat St, Brooklyn, NY for this incredible performance.

Tickets here.

Mar
12
7:30 pm19:30

Love and Fate-Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

James makes his subscription debut with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra in a program titled "Love and Fate." Mozart Overture to Così fan tutte, Schumann Piano concerto in A minor with renowned Schumannian David Kaplan, and Tchaikovsky's towering Symphony No. 4 in F minor.

Tickets here

Dec
29
5:00 pm17:00

Banner-Music of Jessie Montgomery

I was thrilled to conduct this concert featuring the music of dear friend and colleague Jessie Montgomery – Source Code, Strum Starburst & Banner

Loisaida Collaborative

Special Guests: Julia Bullock, soprano, and The Amphion String Quartet

James Blachly, conductor

A full video of the live-streamed concert can be found here.

Dec
18
Dec 20

Messiah

James served as Cover Conductor for Patrick Quigley and Seraphic Fire for three performances in Miami, FL. 

Oct
9
Oct 13

James's Nocturnes performed in Europe

  • Luzerne Switzerland

"Three Nocturnes after Julia Steiner," a commission for violin and marimba by Swiss violinist Christiane Gnägi, was performed in Lucerne, Geneva, and Basel. 

Sep
19
8:00 pm20:00

Rite of Spring Dance Party NYC

  • Brooklyn Masonic Temple

The Experiential Orchestra partnered with Groupmuse to bring the ROSDP to Fort Greene, Brooklyn.  All proceeds went toward Musicambia, a program that brings conservatory-style music education to prisons and jails across the United States. See here and here for WQXR coverage of the event.

Sep
5
8:00 pm20:00

Bass Battles

  • Tenri Cultural Institute

Robert Nairn and Doug Balliett, two of the most electrifying historically-informed double bassists perform back to back to back bass concerti, from Dragonetti on the three string to Sperger on the Viennese, and then a Balliett original, commissioned by the Experiential Orchestra, and tied together with a bass duet by James Blachly.

Sep
3
7:30 pm19:30

Bass Battles

  • Penn State University

Robert Nairn and Doug Balliett, two of the most electrifying historically-informed double bassists perform back to back to back bass concerti, from Dragonetti on the three string to Sperger on the Viennese, and then a Balliett original, commissioned by the Experiential Orchestra, and tied together with a bass duet by James Blachly.

Jul
31
8:00 pm20:00

Symphonie fantastique Live at the Muse

  • Muse Circus

In partnership with Groupmuse, The Experiential Orchestra/Sheep Island Ensemble Presented Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique with the acrobatic choreography of Brooklyn’s Muse Circus.  Hundreds of eager audience members came together in a Bushwick warehouse for an unforgettable experience. See video here by Brian Dixon.

Jul
26
2:00 pm14:00

Così fan tutte

James conducts Mozart's endlessly rewarding masterpiece as Music Director of the Geneva Light Opera, Geneva, NY. 

Jul
25
7:30 pm19:30

Così fan tutte

James conducts Mozart's endlessly rewarding masterpiece as Music Director of the Geneva Light Opera, Geneva, NY. 

Jul
23
7:30 pm19:30

Così fan Tutte

James conducts Mozart's endlessly rewarding masterpiece as Music Director of the Geneva Light Opera, Geneva, NY. 

Jul
17
7:30 pm19:30

The Dream Unfinished: A Symphonic Benefit for Civil Rights

  • The Salvation Army's Centennial Memorial Temple

The Dream Unfinished: A Symphonic Benefit for Civil Rights is a gathering of orchestral musicians, and nationally prominent artists and figures, who will join the chorus of calls for civil rights, social justice, and an end to systemic racism. With fiscal sponsorship from arts-and-humanitarian-aid organization Beats, Rhymes, & Relief, proceeds from the concert will go to the Center for Constitutional Rights, Justice League NYC, and The National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice. The concert will take place at Centennial Memorial Temple, located steps away from Union Square.

Jun
3
Jun 21

El Sistema 40th Anniversary-Guest Conductor

James was honored to be the only American conductor chosen to participate in the first annual Young Conductors Showcase as a part of El Sistema's 40th Anniversary, conducting five concerts in two residencies with núcleos in Cantaura and Carúpano. 

May
22
May 24

Sullivan's The Zoo & Walton's The Bear

James was honored to be named Odyssey Opera's first guest conductor in his Boston Operatic debut conducting Arthur Sullivan's rarely-heard early operetta The Zoo, directed by Lynn Torgove. He also served as assistant conductor for William Walton's The Bear on this critically-acclaimed festival created by Gil Rose. 

Information here.

Jan
18
8:30 pm20:30

Rite of Spring Dance Party in Boston

James conducted the first-ever Rite of Spring Dance Party in Boston, MA with top freelance players from the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Ballet, et al., and students from the New England Conservatory in partnership with Groupmuse and in a benefit for Music for Food. Special thanks to John Helyar, Project Manager, and Rob Cinnante, Executie Director of Music for Food. 

Video here by Dave Jamrog.