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Concert Preview: Wang Lu's "Code Switch" (Chicago Tribune)

When the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series launches its 22nd season on Oct. 7, the ensemble’s fabled brass musicians will step into spotlight.

But not precisely in the way listeners might expect.

For the world premiere of Chicago composer Wang Lu’s “Code Switch” will trumpet an unorthodox approach to music for brass.

“When I was thinking about writing this opening piece to showcase brass players primarily from the CSO, Missy said: ‘What about a fanfare?’” recalls Wang Lu, referring to Missy Mazzoli, the CSO composer-in-residence who curates MusicNOW.

(Distributed October 1, 2019)

Eric Nathan Appointed Composer-in-Residence at New England Philharmonic

The New England Philharmonic and Music Director Richard Pittman have appointed Assistant Professor Eric Nathan as the Philharmonic’s new Composer-in-Residence beginning in the 2019-20 season. The orchestra will give the Boston premiere of “Double Concerto” with violinist Stefan Jackiw and violinist Yoonah Kim on April 25, 2020, and will premiere a newly commissioned work for full orchestra during the 2020-21 season. Congratulations, Professor Nathan!

(Distributed August 26, 2019)

In Memoriam: David Rubinstein

Last week, we lost a friend and colleague, David Rubinstein, who succumbed to his long battle with cancer at age 57. David was a viola/violin teaching associate in our Applied Music Program and a coach of Chamber Music ensembles.

David was passionate about his students and his teaching. Often he said that teaching sustained him. In his final days he was visited by many former students whose lives were impacted by his teaching. He was grateful beyond words for everyone's understanding, kindness, and support. He will be deeply missed by all of us in the Brown community.

(Distributed June 10, 2019)
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