Brooklyn Philharmonic Announces Revised 2013 Season; Returns to BAM, June 8

The Brooklyn Philharmonic is honored to partner with the Brooklyn Public Library to present this performance.

Wordisbon, lyricist and emcee
Ishmael Islam, 2012 New York Youth Poet Laureate
Zachary Francis Condon (Beirut): My Family's Role in the World Revolution, arr. Conrad Winslow
Marc Mellits: String Quartet No. 4: Prometheus
Don Byron: String Quartet No. 2: Four Reflections on Marvin Gaye
Randall Woolf, Blues for Black Hoodies


Chamber Concert
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 8:00 pm
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
$15, General Admission

This spring the Brooklyn Phil will premiere brand new string quartets from 2012-2013 Outside-In Fellows Jesse Krakow, Toshi Reagon and Hadi Eldebek, as well as a new work about life in Nepal created by resident Composer-Mentor, Randall Woolf with film by Mary Harron and John C. Walsh of Ruby Nation Films, Inc., for Brooklyn Phil concertmaster Deborah Buck.

Jesse Krakow, 2012-2013 Outside-In Fellow
Toshi Reagon, 2012-2013 Outside-In Fellow
Hadi Eldebek, 2012-2013 Outside-In Fellow
Deborah Buck, violin
Randall Woolf, composer-mentor

Jesse Krakow, new work for string quartet (world premiere)
Toshi Reagon, new work for string quartet (world premiere)
Hadi Eldebek, new work for string quartet (world premiere)
Randall Woolf, new work

The Outside-In Fellowship pairs non-orchestral musicians with Brooklyn Phil's resident Composer-Mentor, Randall Woolf, and Artistic Director, Alan Pierson, to create new orchestral works. The Fellows are guided through the process of writing new pieces for string quartet and chamber orchestra, while respecting their unique and individual musical styles. Compositions for string quartet receive a world premiere performance in an eclectic spring concert, while the chamber orchestra pieces are performed in a public orchestral reading session the following fall.

Outside-In Fellows have included Charlie Looker (2011-2012), Natalie Elizabeth Weiss (2011-2012), Tim Fite (2011-2012), Matthew Mehlan (2010-2011), Corey Dargel (2010-2011), Jeremiah Lockwood (2010-2011), Elan Vytal (2009-2010), Ryan Brown (2009-2010), Susan Oetgen (2008-2009), Darcy James Argue (2008-2009), Valerie Coleman (2007-2008), Cristian Amigo(2007-2008).


Education Event
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
357 Clermont Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Hosted by Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, this event has featured hundreds of instrumental and vocal students from all five boroughs for the past five years. Demonstrating their abilities to an audience of parents, peers and skilled judges, each ensemble competes in five different categories based on their skill level. In addition to cash prizes for winners, all participants receive a recording of their performance from the school's state of the art recording studio.

Open Rehearsal
Friday, June 7, 2013, 1:30 - 2:20 PM
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Students from Bed-Stuy will be invited to have the unique opportunity to see guest artists Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) collaborate with Alan Pierson and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The performance will include arrangements of songs from Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War and other works, as well as a Q&A session with the artists.

*This event is open to Bed-Stuy area schools only. If your school is interested in participating, please contact Will Simbol, Brooklyn Philharmonic Manager of Education, at 718-488-5700 or


When the first conductor stepped to the podium in Brooklyn in 1857 to launch the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Bizet, Wagner and Berlioz were the strident young voices of new music. De Tocqueville had just departed Brooklyn to warn our European cousins about the mad democratic experiment he'd witnessed in America. Abraham Lincoln's wife hurried to attend the Philharmonic's first concert in Brooklyn's newest music hall. And the people of Brooklyn were, as always, defining what it means to really live in our country.

Now 155 years later, the Brooklyn Phil is not only one of the oldest living orchestras in the New World, but with 174 world premieres under its belt, 72 works commissioned from living composers, and the accolades of 22 ASCAP awards, it's also one of the most adventurous and widely acclaimed musical forces in America as well. The New York Times calls it "feisty and provocative." Rolling Stone raves the Brooklyn Phil is "vital" and "inspired."

The Brooklyn Phil's mission is to present outstanding programs that serve and celebrate the diverse and ever-changing cultural fabric of Brooklyn and greater New York City. As a nationally recognized symphony orchestra dedicated to innovation, artistic collaboration, arts education and engaging audiences, the Brooklyn Phil substantially contributes to Brooklyn's vibrant music scene and provides musical experiences for people of all ages.


Operating daily and serving over 6,000 children annually, the Brooklyn Phil's award-winning educational programs promote creativity, achievement and cultural awareness through musical activities, giving all of Brooklyn's residents, regardless of means or background, new powerful tools to reach their full potential as creators, thinkers and leaders in society.


Alan Pierson has been praised as "a young conductor of monstrous skill" by Newsday, "commanding" by The New York Times, and "gifted and electrifying" by The Boston Globe. He is the artistic director and conductor of the acclaimed ensemble Alarm Will Sound which has been called "the future of classical music" by The New York Times and "a sensational force" with "powerful ideas about how to renovate the concert experience" by The New Yorker. Pierson has appeared as a guest conductor with the London Sinfonietta, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Steve Reich Ensemble, Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the New World Symphony and The Silk Road Project, among other ensembles. He is also Principal Conductor of the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble, and was a visiting faculty conductor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has collaborated with major composers and performers, including Yo-Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Michael Gordon, La Monte Young, and choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan and Elliot Feld. He has recorded for Nonesuch Records, Cantaloupe Music, Sony Classical, and Sweetspot DVD.


"The First Lady of Neo-Soul," Erykah Badu is the recipient of four Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, two BET Awards, one MTV Music Video Award, two NAACP Image Awards, three Soul Train Music Awards, three Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, and 57 other major music award nominations. Her recorded albums have been certified triple Platinum. She is the winner of Rolling Stone's Reader's poll for Best R&B Artist, and Entertainment Weekly named her Best New Female Singer.

Badu's film work includes critically acclaimed performances in such films as Blues Brothers 2000, Academy Award winner The Cider House Rules, Emmy nominated children's television show Yo Gabba Gabba! and feature documentaries Dave Chappelle's Block Party and Before the Music Dies. Fashion designer Tom Ford proclaimed Badu his design muse and she appears as the public face of his White Patchouli fragrance.

Badu's musical style focuses on blending and extending the contemporary styles of soul and hip hop but frequently focuses on deeper messages than more traditional R&B. Her songs explore her personal take on life and are often influenced musically and philosophically by African traditions, fusions from the Nation of Islam, the Five Percent theologies, complex views of the ancient Egyptians, and Southern African-American folk traditions. Taken together, "Neo-Soul" has been said to evoke speakeasies, incense, head wraps and boho coffee shop culture all in one easy breath. It's nothing if not original. This is her first collaboration with the Philharmonic.

Badu is founder of the non-profit group B.L.I.N.D. (Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development) which attempts to create positive social change through economic, artistic and cultural development. Among B.L.I.N.D.'s many accomplishments, the organization provided arts, crafts and dance classes to children displaced by Hurricane Katrina and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support student scholarship funds around the United States.

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