• Trumpet player

    Trumpet player

    The Department of Music at Brown offers a huge array of performing opportunities, all offered for academic credit. Students may choose to join one of the department's over 40 performing groups.

  • Jazz on Stage

    Jazz on Stage

    The Department of Music at Brown offers a huge array of performing opportunities, all offered for academic credit. Students may choose to join one of the department's over 40 performing groups.

  • Music building

    Music building

    The Department of Music at Brown offers a huge array of performing opportunities, all offered for academic credit. Students may choose to join one of the department's over 40 performing groups.

  • Guitarist

    Guitarist

    The Department of Music at Brown offers a huge array of performing opportunities, all offered for academic credit. Students may choose to join one of the department's over 40 performing groups.

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Eric Nathan Wins 2016 Copland House Residency Award

For three weeks in January 2017, Eric Nathan will live and work in the home that legendary composer Aaron Copland called “my hideaway, my solitude” in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. One of nine composers to win a 2016 Copland House residency award, the assistant professor of music at Brown University said he is looking forward to the opportunity to focus on writing without distraction in the former home of “the dean of American music.”

(Distributed November 28, 2016)

Watch: Julian Saporiti on Street Performers and Public Space

Julian Saporiti, a doctoral candidate in Ethnomusicology at Brown, talks about buskers, street performance, and public space and urges us to stop when we next come across a street performer, in a talk on “Think Twice It’s Alright: Street Performers and Public Space.” This talk was part of Research Matters!, featuring short talks about research by Brown University Graduate Students and Postdocs on November 5, 2016.

(Distributed November 28, 2016)

Preview: The Premiere of Eric Nathan's "the space of a door" with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Eric Nathan:

Brown University composer Eric Nathan has a long history with the Boston Symphony, beginning when he was in fourth grade and began attending concerts by the orchestra at Tanglewood, its summer home in the Berkshires. He later became a trumpet student at a Tanglewood program when in high school.

And along the way, the Yale graduate wrote a couple of smaller compositions for the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and a contemporary music festival.

(Distributed November 4, 2016)

Eric Nathan’s new work, “the space of a door,” premieres with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Composer Eric Nathan, an Assistant Professor of Music at Brown, will have his new orchestral work, “the space of a door,” premiered by Music Director Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in four performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall (November 8, 10, 11, 12). This work was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and will be premiered alongside Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2.

Surrounding Professor Nathan’s premiere in Boston, there will be performances by Boston Musica Viva (Nov. 5) and at the BSO/New England Conservatory’s “Do You Hear What I Hear?” concert series (Nov. 15). Professor Nathan will also be speaking about his music at Tufts University (Oct. 24), Keene State College (Oct. 25), Harvard University (Nov. 9), Northeastern University (Nov. 10), From The Top (Nov. 11), a pre-concert talk at the BSO/Symphony Hall (Nov. 11), and at New England Conservatory (Nov. 15).

(Distributed October 11, 2016)

Brown University Orchestra Director Paul Phillips to Premiere New Piece, "Brass Knuckles," with Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra

"Brass Knuckles: Pugilistic Prelude in Rondo Form" was composed in August 2016 for the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra and its music director Alexey Shabalin, who commissioned it and will premiere it on 18 October 2016 in Providence. As the title suggests, it’s an aggressive piece featuring the brass section. Written during the 2016 presidential campaign, Brass Knuckles reflects our combative political climate, as the candidates slug away at each other endlessly; indeed, several prominent politicians, including Senators John McCain and Harry Reid, were boxers in their youth. Six minutes in duration and scored for full orchestra, Brass Knuckles is not just a musical slugfest. There's also a quirky little waltz, introduced in the middle of the piece, that comes back near the end. When it returns, it's strangely off-balance – punch-drunk, you might say.

The composition of Brass Knuckles was supported in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

(Distributed October 5, 2016)
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