opus87 is a New York-based ensemble specializing in classical and contemporary chamber music. First formed as a piano quartet by friends at the Manhattan School of Music in 2016, opus87 played our first show together in Lynchburg, VA and decided to continue exploring the chamber repertoire together.
The members of opus87 hail from across the country, and have made it a core part of our mission to bring high-quality chamber music to our member's hometowns and communities. We aspire to bring fresh and exciting music to new audiences, so while our programming centers around the classics of the chamber repertory, we reserve a special place for new and neglected music. Through collaborations with living composers, we seek to expand the body of works for our instrumentation. In addition to contemporary music, we seek to find and share lesser-known gems of the repertoire, with a special emphasis on thoughtful programming that highlights resonances between disparate musical styles and eras.
opus87's has played at many of New York City's leading classical and new music venues including Symphony Space, Merkin Hall at the Kauffman Center, and historic St. Peter's Chelsea, and the Calvary-St. George's Parish at Gramercy park. Their 2019-20 season includes the premiere of The Thinking Heart, a new cantata based on the life of Ettie Hillesum, and programs devoted to the music of the British Isles and Latin America. In November, the quartet presented LOOKING OUT, a work of original choreography with live music commissioned by opus87's nonprofit arm for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, raising money and awareness for the Ali Forney Center.
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