Brooklyn Philharmonic Goes Hyper-Local in 2011-12 Season

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Alan Pierson, new director for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Alan Pierson, new director for the Brooklyn Philharmonic

The Brooklyn Philharmonic has unveiled its 2011-2012 season, with performances in Brighton Beach, downtown Brooklyn and Bedford Stuyvesant, under its new artistic director, Alan Pierson.

The orchestra is focusing this season on tapping into the roots of each community. The program includes, for example, a tribute to Bedford Stuyvesant native Lena Horne, and pieces from Russian cartoons, to be performed in Brighton Beach.

The Brooklyn Philharmonic said each of those three venues will include an orchestra concert, a chamber concert and family events, in a three-pronged approach to engage each community. The orchestra has also announced new partnerships with local groups including the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Brooklyn Public Library.

This is the Brooklyn Philharmonic's first season with Pierson, who was picked for the job in January.

The Philharmonic had fallen on hard times lately. Running a deficit and facing declining revenue, the orchestra canceled all of last season’s subscription concerts, though it continued its teaching projects and school concerts, which still had funding, mainly from government sources.

Pierson, 36, has conducted various smaller ensembles on the East Coast; he holds degrees in music and physics from MIT and a PhD in conducting from the Eastman School of Music. He is also a composer.

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