Hey y’all! I’m Eimi (pronounced ‘Amy’) and I’m your sophomore correspondent for Music to My Ears, my personal outlet that showcases the different facets that Brown’s music scene has to offer!
The Brown University Orchestra is holding its first concert in T minus 5 days! Titled Preview to Carnegie, the program will entail everything we will be performing at Carnegie Hall in a week (Eep!) and includes Antonín Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Paul Phillips’s Wave (RI Premiere), Anthony Burgess’ Marche pour une Revolution 1789-1989 (US Premiere) and Petite Symphonie pour Strasbourg (US Premiere), and last, but certainly not least, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue featuring Janice Weber from The Boston Conservatory on piano.
I’ve been talking a lot about the orchestra and have completely been assuming that everyone knows exactly what I’m talking about, so I want to take some time here to explain! The orchestra every year is made up of roughly 100 students mainly from Brown (undergraduate/graduate) and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design, the neighboring and also globally acclaimed art school). Under the direction of Paul Phillips, the orchestra usually presents 4 programs each year (with the exception of years like this one involving traveling and other concert venues). Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester and involve scales, sight reading, and performing a prepared piece. Students are notified within a week to a week and a half about their involvement with the orchestra, and usually rehearsals start the night those emails are sent out.
Rehearsals are twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday) from 7:15 to 9:45 pm. That’s roughly 6 hours/week, a hefty amount of time to devote to what seems like an extracurricular… which is why orchestra is actually a 1/2-credit class (MUSC 0610). I think one of the more interesting things I like about the orchestra is that seating changes with each program, so everyone get to experience a different musical perspective within the span of the year. It’s allowed me to connect with individual musicians and other instrument sections that I wouldn’t have thought of had I been in the same seat.
Come one, come all! Tickets are $10 for general admission and $3 with student ID. The concert will take place in Sayles Hall.
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