No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Launching Alan Pierson into his first season with the Brooklyn Phil

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Monday, August 08, 2011

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

This week on The New Canon, help Alan Pierson launch his inaugural season at the helm of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Join the conversation in the window below or via Twitter with the hashtag #q2new. Want to get a head start? Leave your questions in the comments below and we'll address them at the top of the chat.

In the never-ending battle between Manhattan and Brooklyn, the former island has a lot to recommend it in terms of music—especially in the form of Alan Gilbert leading the New York Philharmonic into a brave new (music) world. But the Borough of Kings now has its own Alan: Alarm Will Sound's Alan Pierson takes over the Brooklyn Phil this fall, bringing with him a mix of composers and guest artists that includes Mos Def, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Mellissa Hughes, Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, David T. Little, Otis Redding and Duke Ellington. (Phew.)

We mark tomorrow today by sampling some of the Brooklyn Phil's season to-come while chatting online with Pierson about the orchestra's new era. Specifically, we're going to find out: How do you sonically represent the multifarious neighborhoods of Brooklyn? Judging by the diverse lineup, we have a feeling that Pierson has the answer.

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Comments [1]

Bernie from UWS

Mr Pierson,
I have a couple questions:

Fundraising has been a constant struggle for Brooklyn, even back in the Spano glory days. How do you plan to go about enlisting support from donors at a time when we're entering a possible double-dip recession? Have you made much headway on this so far?

Your season reminds me a lot of the City Opera's upcoming season in that it's not tethered to a concert hall - i.e. BAM. How is that going to impact the orchestra's identity? Don't patrons want a certain stability of place in an orchestra?

I'll try and jump in the chat but in case I can't I look forward to hearing your responses. Thank you.

Aug. 08 2011 08:06 AM

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