Iris at Crosstown: Celebrating the Upside

At 3 p.m. on March 6, at the Crosstown Theater, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Iris Orchestra will continue its 22nd season and its return in-person concerts by honoring the life of Memphis philanthropist Peter Formanek with a special concert featuring Israeli pianists Inon Barnatan and Alon Goldstein. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.

These international concert artists, welcomed as guests and friends in the home of Peter and Mary Lee Formanek during their visits to Memphis as Iris concert soloists, will each perform music for solo piano and then join forces in music for piano four-hands.Selections include Debussy, Chopin, Gershwin and Schubert.

“We’re thrilled to bring this special show to Crosstown and feature these immensely talented pianists,” said Founder of Iris Orchestra Michael Stern. “I assure you that this concert is not to be missed.”

The Sunday concert at Crosstown Theater completes a weekend honoring Peter that begins with the orchestral program featuring the two pianists, Mozart and Dvorak’s New World Symphony at Germantown Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 5. Tickets for the GPAC show start at $45 and can purchased here.

For more information about Iris Orchestra and their upcoming shows, click here or call 901-746-9948. For tickets, call 901-751-7500.

WHAT: Special concert featuring Israeli pianists Inon Barnatan and Alon Goldstein.
WHEN: 3 pm Sunday, March 6
WHERE: Crosstown Theater
TICKETS: $40, here.
INFO: Masks strongly recommended

COVID-19 update: To keep everyone safe during the prolonged pandemic, Crosstown Theater and GPAC are recommending everyone who attends all Iris Orchestra concerts wear a mask at all times inside Crosstown Theater and GPAC.

Iris Orchestra is grateful to Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, ArtsMemphis, ArtsZone, Hyde Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Tennessee Arts Commission for their generous support of its 22nd season. Autozone is the March Concert Weekend Presenting Sponsor and nexAir is Presenting Sponsor for the Crosstown Theater show.

About Iris Orchestra ( Founded in 2000 by Michael Stern as a non-hierarchical ensemble for the 21st Century, Iris Orchestra started as a bold experiment and continues to be one. With the mission to serve the community with the gift of exceptional music through performance, education and community engagement, Iris Orchestra has earned a reputation as a champion of new American music and a nuanced interpreter of the classical canon. Named for the state flower of Tennessee, Iris Orchestra blossomed as a centerpiece in the cultural life of the Mid-South.