The reinvigorated Brooklyn Philharmonic will travel to Brighton Beach, Bed Stuy and Downtown Brooklyn during this coming season, armed with Mos Def, Beethoven, and some rare Russian cartoons. In these neighborhoods, the orchestra will “perform a series of concerts that reflects the heritage of each, engaging the community through artistic collaborations, family events and local partnerships,” it announced in a press release distributed yesterday afternoon. New artistic director Alan Pierson told us in January that this season would be the orchestra’s “re-launch,” after two years with an almost invisible presence on the borough’s cultural landscape. While modestly scaled, this new season has been ambitiously envisioned, announcing the Brooklyn Philharmonic at least as an exciting voice in local orchestral programming.
The season begins in earnest in November, when the orchestra travels to Brighton Beach in a program called Russian Cartoon Music, which will feature music from Russian composers and bring “70 years of great Russian animation back to the big screen and onto the concert stage for the first time.” In March, they head to Downtown Brooklyn for a multimedia presentation, inspired by Francis Guy’s “Winter Scene in Brooklyn,” which hangs in the Brooklyn Museum. “All the works on the program have ties to Brooklyn,” the press release announced, “some depicting sites in the Borough, and most written by Brooklyn residents.” This includes the Sixth Movement from Sufjan Stevens’s The B.Q.E. In June, they head to Bed Stuy to partner with Mos Def and celebrate the legacy of Lena Horne—with Leslie Uggams! (Before the season officially launches, members of the orchestra’s chamber players will appear in a free program at the Restoration Rocks music festival on October 8th in Bed Stuy, along with Mos Def, where they’ll perform his “Life in Marvelous Times”, from 2008, and other songs, arranged by Derek Bermel, as well as Frederick Rzewski’s 1972 Coming Together.)
At each stop, the orchestra will host panels and workshops. They will also play a different movement from Beethoven’s Third Symphony in each neighborhood in a project called “The Beethoven Thread,” meant to connect communities and to salute the orchestra’s roots; it played the Eroica Symphony at its debut concert in 1857.
More information here.