Last Chance!: Mos Def and The Brooklyn Philharmonic

Free Preview Concert of the Upcoming 2011-2012 Brooklyn Philharmonic Season

Thursday, October 06, 2011

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On Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m., Q2 Music presents an encore presentation of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center performing music by Mos Def, Frederic Rzewski, Lev Zhurbin, David T. Little and Corey Dargel. The concert, a co-presentation of WNYC's New Sounds Live with John Schaefer, features a preview of the orchestra's upcoming season, the first under the energized stewardship of their new conductor, Alan Pierson

The program features a fresh, multi-dimensional approach to vocal repertoire with the versatile hip hop-icon Mos Def joining the Brooklyn Philharmonic on stage for arrangements of his songs by composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel; Rzewski's provocative setting of letters from Sam Melville, an inmate at the infamous Attica State Prison; 19th Century shape note singing; and the pop-art songs of singer-songwriter Corey Dargel. Additional performers include new-music stalwart Mellissa Hughes and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Mos Def (arr. Derek Bermel): Life in Marvelous Times, Revelations and Casa Bey

 19th Century Shape Note Singing: Am I Born to Die

David T. Little: excerpt from Am I Born (2011)

Lev Zhurbin: excerpt from Only Love (2008)

Frederic RzewskiComing Together (1972)

Corey DargelWhat Might Have Been (2010)


This on-demand audio is available for one week only following the live performance. 

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Comments [5]

Shadeed Ahmad from New York City

It's 2011 and name changes still, unfortunately, cause reasons to engage in subtle forms of stirring up antagonism towards certain human beings, who present refreshing and progressive forms of art.

The renderings of the heart of an artist and their positive impact in uplifting humanity are what is most important.

Oct. 17 2011 07:31 PM
Ed August

A special reason to enjoy, my son Gregg is the bass player

Oct. 13 2011 01:49 PM
Corey Dargel from Brooklyn, NY

He hasn't changed his name yet, so you're okay.


Oct. 10 2011 11:43 AM

To be consistent with the Brooklyn Philharmonic's outreach and because we noted this collaboration between Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and Derek Bermel / ACO to have been developed pre-name change announcement, we went with the established nom de plume. Good point though!

Oct. 07 2011 11:01 AM
Wallard from Brooklyn, NY

What happened to going by Yasiin?

Oct. 06 2011 05:37 PM

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