Praised as “superb” by Stage and Cinema, the New Millennium Orchestra is a passionate group of musicians who balance contemporary fearlessness with a reverence for tradition. As comfortable with opera singers as they are with DJs and jazz musicians, NMO’s core musicians are exceptionally versatile. Recent collaborators include international opera star Andrea Silvestrelli, flutist and MacArthur ‘genius’ Claire Chase, triple Grammy Award-winning ensemble eighth blackbird, and Grammy-nominated bandleader Matt Ulery, among others. The ensemble has been presented in Chicago’s most prestigious venues, including Symphony Center, the Harris Theater, and the Pritzker Pavilion, as well as at unconventional concert spaces like Pilsen’s Thalia Hall.
Under the baton of dynamic conductor Francesco Milioto, NMO is rapidly becoming known for its thoughtfully curation of opera projects, including Chicago Opera Theater’s recent Joan of Arc. Their independently produced operas — Bluebeard’s Castle(2014) and Der Kaiser Von Atlantis (2013) — earned spots on the Chicago Sun-Times’ Best of Classical Music list for two consecutive years.
Inspired by the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, as well as by great American ensembles like the St. Paul and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras, NMO is run and operated by its players. The group was founded in 2005 by a close-knit group of musicians, seeking to create a collaborative environment with the highest artistic standards. Led by executive director, violist, DJ, and arts innovator Dominic Johnson, NMO is built on a deeply collaborative organizational model which acknowledges the challenges posed to orchestras in the 21st century.