Brooklyn Symphony Announces Major Move

One of Brooklyn’s oldest, most prestigious performing groups, the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season with big plans. After performing for 37 of its 39 year history at the landmark Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights, the orchestra, under the leadership of its Artistic Director, British conductor Nick Armstrong, is moving its operations to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where it will present a season of five concerts in the Iris and Gerald Cantor Auditorium. The board and orchestra members are thrilled to become cultural partners with the museum, which is one of the nation’s major cultural institutions.

In planning the upcoming 40th season, Maestro Armstrong has looked to the orchestra’s past, its commitment to young contemporary composers, and to its association with Brooklyn’s venerable musical traditions. His look to the past involves revisiting some major works of the orchestra’s repertoire, including Brahms’s Second Symphony, the Fifth Symphony of Tchaikowsky, and the Symphonie Fantastique of Hector Berlioz. Each of the five concerts will include a work by a composer with a Brooklyn connection. Ian Ng, a young native of Hong Kong now working in Brooklyn, is writing a new piece for the orchestra, as is the 19-year old Brooklyn-born Eli Greenhoe, who is entering his second year as a composition major at the Eastman School of Music. Douglas Anderson, a native of Brookyn, has written “Spirit Guide,” a concerto for Clarinet and Obbligato Soprano, which will be given its world premiere by the orchestra on Easter Sunday. The “Ode to Youth” by the Brooklyn Symphony’s English Horn player Nick Rastegar, and a celebratory Scherzo for Orchestra by Artistic Director Nick Armstrong will round out the season of premieres.

The Anderson concerto is inspired by the traditions of celebrating the passage of the soul after death, particularly those rites associated with the Egyptian mysteries. So it seems most appropriate to tie this concert in with a visit to the Museum’s world-renowned Egyptian collection.

The program for the season also includes the Danzon #2 by contemporary Mexican composer Arturo Marquez, the second Suite of Ancient Airs and Dances by Respighi, music from Prokofiev’s passionate ballet score “Romeo and Juliet” and an early version of the first movement of Mahler’s Second Symphony, the so-called “Resurrection” symphony.

All of the concerts in the 2013-14 season will take place on Sunday afternoons at the new time of 2 p.m.