Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, one of the nation's premiere chamber ensembles, is recognized for its exceptional performances and diverse repertoire. Founded in 1992 by Music Director Sylvia Alimena and members of the National Symphony Orchestra, ECO is made up of musicians from many of Washington's great chamber ensembles, including the American Chamber players, the Capitol Woodwind Quintet, the National Musical Arts Society, and the Chamber Soloists of Washington. ECO members have been featured as soloists in all of the area's finest recital series, including the Corcoran, the Phillips Collection, Dumbarton Church, the Terrace Theater, the Library of Congress, and also as concert soloists with the National Symphony and orchestras throughout the country. Eclipse Chamber Orchestra takes great pride in featuring at least one of its members as a soloist during the season and in showcasing ECO musicians in superb chamber music concerts.
The orchestra has been highly acclaimed by the Washington Post as "outright extraordinary. This small but excellent orchestra...communicated strongly and directly with everyone in the auditorium...with great subtlety and vitality...ravishing... dazzling..." In 1995, Eclipse was presented by the John F. Kennedy Center in a Terrace Theater debut and was the first chamber orchestra ever to be presented by the prestigious Dumbarton Concert Series. In February 1997, Eclipse had the honor of representing the National Symphony Orchestra in a series of "In Your Neighborhood" concerts presented in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Recordings of ECO can be heard on the Naxos labe. Eclipse Chamber Orchestra is now led by Music Director David Teie, who is equally at home as conductor, composer, and cellist.
Composed of many National Symphony Orchestra members, Eclipse was founded primarily to enhance the visibility of National Symphony Orchestra musicians in the community and to make accessible the highest quality of concert performances to listeners of every economic level. Through affordable admission, free parking, an open dialogue between the orchestra and the audience, and critically acclaimed concerts, ECO aims to make the joys of a live concert performance available to people of all economic means.