PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Brown University Orchestra is taking its show on the road with a performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
The 120-student orchestra will perform three pieces in New York concert: Wave by Paul Phillips, Brown’s director of orchestras and chamber music; Marche pour une Révolution 1789-1989 by Anthony Burgess; and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, featuring pianist Jeffrey Biegel.
Tickets are available online.
“Performing in Carnegie Hall is like climbing Mount Everest. To musicians, it represents the pinnacle of achievement: playing in the world's most famous concert hall,” said Phillips. “The Brown University Orchestra has performed there before, but it's been a long time. It’s our first time back to Carnegie Hall since 1990. It has taken months of planning to make this happen and we have been rehearsing very intensively to prepare.”
A campus preview of the Carnegie Hall performance will take place on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at 8 p.m. in Sayles Hall. In addition to the three pieces being performed in New York, the program will include Carnival Overture by Antonin Dvorak and Burgess’ Petite Symphonie pour Strasbourg. Pianist Janice Weber will be the soloist for the October 10 performance of Rhapsody in Blue. Tickets for the preview performance are available online.
The Brown University Orchestra is recording two CDs this fall for the Naxos label. One will be the first recording of orchestral music by the British composer-novelist Anthony Burgess. The other will feature Jeffrey Biegel playing Rhapsody in Blue and three other works for piano and orchestra by Keith Emerson, Neil Sedaka, and Duke Ellington. All of the Orchestra's concerts this fall will include music being recorded for these CDs.