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


The Brooklyn Philharmonic announced today that it is returning to the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) as part of a revised Spring season for the first time in three years.

On June 8, 2013, in a unique collaboration with four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Erykah Badu, and actor and emcee Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), the Brooklyn Phil will bring ideas from hip-hop music into the symphonic world at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House in the 2012-2013 season's headlining event You're Causing Quite a Disturbance.

Badu will collaborate with Brooklyn composer TEd Hearne on a new symphonic work that interconnects colorful and original arrangements of Badu's songs with original music that delves into their musical, social, and political ideas.

The June 8 concert at BAM is the centerpiece of a revised Spring season that replaces the one announced in September. The orchestra's community outreach throughout the borough will continue, however concerts at the Millennium Theater in Brighton Beach and at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn are being cancelled.

"We are delighted to be returning to BAM, Brooklyn's signature concert hall and the Brooklyn Phil's venue of choice for this very 'Brooklyn' event," said Jack Rainey, Chairman of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Board of Directors. "The strength of our community relationships in Bedford-Stuyvesant and throughout the Borough have made this signature moment possible."

Erykah Badu is Brooklyn Phil's second Artist-in-Residence, continuing a tradition that began with Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence, during the orchestra's debut "reboot" season under newly appointed Artistic Director Alan Pierson.

Says Pierson: "It's been amazing to delve into Brooklyn's culture with the Brooklyn Phil and with all of our community partners and collaborators. Erykah and Yasiin are doing deep and meaningful work here, and the opportunity to bring them together with great local artists like TEd Hearne and Derek Bermel to create something original for the orchestra is incredibly exciting."

Each Brooklyn Phil neighborhood series-Brighton Beach, Downtown Brooklyn, and Bed-Stuy-is inspired by the cultural traditions and musical history of the communities. Preceding the June 8 show at BAM, students from Bed-Stuy will be invited to have the unique opportunity to see Pierson as he rehearses the orchestra with Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey (Bey was born and raised in Bed-Stuy) in readiness for You're Causing Quite a Disturbance. Repertoire will include arrangements of songs from Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War and other works.

In addition, this Spring the Brooklyn Phil introduces a new initiative called Insider Tours. These are neighborhood-specific events that expose attendees to the wealth of creative, imaginative and entrepreneurial spirits within the communities of Bed-Stuy, Brighton Beach and Downtown Brooklyn.

Scroll down for more details on the Brooklyn Phil's revised 2013 season!


Chamber Concert
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 7:00 pm
S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture
Brooklyn Public Library Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

One hundred years ago, the sophistication and scope of musical life in Brooklyn were great enough to place the city at the forefront of musical progress in America. The archives of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reveal the borough's importance in connection with Europe's classical music scene, with frequent visits and performances by European violin virtuosos including Ysaye, Kreisler, Elman and Kubelik.

This violin recital by Brooklyn Phil concertmaster Deborah Buck takes one back to these historic concerts through performances of violin showpieces that were all the rage in the borough at the turn of the century. Joining Ms.Buck onstage will be pianist Molly Morkoski and music historian Maurice Edwards, author of How Music Grew in Brooklyn, who will tell the story of Brooklyn's evolution from leading importer of musical expertise to the home-grown creative hotbed it is today. This performance will be followed by a post-concert Q&A with Maurice Edwards.

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

Deborah Buck, violin
Molly Morkoski, piano
Maurice Edwards, author

George Gershwin, Short Story for violin and piano, arr. Samuel Dushkin
Ludwig van Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, "Spring", I. Allegro
Fritz Kreisler, Caprice Viennois
Jules Massenet, Meditation from 'Thais'
Henryk Wieniawski, Polonaise Brillante No. 1 in D major
George Frederick Bristow, Sonata for Violin and Piano, Mvt. I (World Premiere)
John Corigliano, Violin Sonata: II. Andantino
I. Allegro


Chamber Concert
Sunday, February 10, 2013, 4:00 pm
S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture
Brooklyn Public Library Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Tchaikovsky gets personal as acclaimed poet Vera Pavlova and the Brooklyn Phil Chamber Players take an intimate look at the life of a great Russian artist through original poetry, imagery, and music for strings and piano. Born in Moscow, Pavlova is a graduate of the Gnessin Academy of music and has published eighteen collections of poetry in her native Russian in addition to authoring five opera libretti and lyrics to three cantatas. Now living in New York, Pavlova recalls her childhood and coming of age in Russia through the lense of Tchaikovsky's Album for the Young and Piano Trio in A minor. Texts will be presented in Russian with English translations. This free performance will be followed by a post-concert Q&A.

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

Vera Pavlova, poet
Steven Seymour, translator

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Album for the Young, Op. 39
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 - Mvt. 1. Pezzo elegiac

Family Workshop
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
7802 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11214

Russian folk music was born in a rich peasant culture, centuries ago and 5,000 miles away, by artists who created music using whatever resources were at their disposal, from wood blocks to washboards to tablespoons. Lack of proper tools held no sway over creativity of the human spirit! The remarkable and distinctive folk music they created had an enormous impact beginning with orchestral music of the 19th century and expanding on into the music of today. The public is invited to join charismatic teaching artists and Brooklyn Phil musicians in a hands-on discovery of these creative traditions.


Orchestra Concert
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 7:30 pm
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
$35 - $125

Four-time Grammy Award winner and "First Lady of Neo-Soul" Erykah Badu comes home to Brooklyn for a groundbreaking concert that redefines the scope and depth of hip-hop-orchestral fusion.

Pairing Badu with Brooklyn composer TEd Hearne, the Brooklyn Philharmonic will perform an evening of seamlessly integrated new music featuring collaborative arrangements of songs from Badu's 2008 album New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War, amid perspectives from prominent contemporary African-American thinkers on New Amerykah's ideas about identity, hip-hop, and community.

This performance also features Bed-Stuy native and Brooklyn Philharmonic 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), performing a reprise of selected works from the critically acclaimed performance Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Lena Horne and the Bed-Stuy Tradition.

A portion of the proceeds from this concert will benefit music education programs in Bed-Stuy public schools.

Erykah Badu, singer-songwriter, Brooklyn Phil 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence
Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), actor and emcee, Brooklyn Phil 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence

Erykah Badu, world premiere collaborative arrangements of songs from New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War and other works

Chamber Concert
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 4:00 pm
S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture
Brooklyn Public Library Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Charged-up rhythm and strong points of view define the attitude and art of Bed-Stuy. For decades, artists from this neighborhood have opened our eyes through the powerful combination of music and spoken word poetry. Twenty-year-old poet and Bed-Stuy native, Ishmael Islam was named the New York Youth Poet Laureate in 2012, and now he teams up with members of the Brooklyn Phil to take the spoken word tradition into the 21st Century. This multi-faceted concert intertwines selections from Islam's debut collection, Meet at Greene, with contemporary chamber music for strings by Mark Mellits, Don Byron, and Randall Woolf (Blues for Black Hoodies). The performance, a partnership with Urban Word NYC, will be preceded by a slam poetry open mic and followed by a post-concert Q&A with poets and musicians.