University Orchestra Ushering in a New Era
The University Orchestra will usher in a new era on Friday, October 11 when Brandon Keith Brown ascends the podium. For Dr. Brown’s first concert as Director of Orchestral Studies, a tenure track position, he has created A Little Russian Program with music by Glinka: Ruslan & Ludmila Overture; Elgar: Serenade for Strings and Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp minor. The concert begins at 8pm in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.
Assistant Professor Brown brings considerable professional experience to his work at the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance which has garnered international attention. As laureate of the 2012 Sir Georg Solti Competition for conductors, his final performance found him “…the stand-out audience favorite…”(Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disc) after leading Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. In April 2013, Brown’s critically acclaimed sold-out European debut with the 351-year-old Badische Staatskapelle, received this review, “…grueling program…brilliantly mastered by the young conductor.”(Midou Grossman klassik.com)
Selected by the Vienna Philharmonic as winner of 2011 Ansbacher Fellowship, his residency at the Salzburg Festival led to conducting Vienna Philharmonic members for two summers in the opera camps for youth. Brown’s debuts this season (2013-2014) will include the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Neue Philharmonie-Westfalen, and the renowned Civic Orchestra of Chicago. His primary mentors include David Zinman, Gustav Meier and Lorin Maazel.
Tickets, $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public; free for UMass music majors & minors, are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 413 545 2511 or at http://fac.umass.edu/musicanddance.