No Sleep Till Brooklyn

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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.