PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — When leaders from the Brown Arts Institute and Brown University Orchestra asked Eric Nathan to compose a piece for The Lindemann Performing Arts Center’s public opening, Nathan jumped at the opportunity — but he knew he didn’t want to do it alone.
“Brown, and especially the BAI, so highly values interdisciplinary collaboration,” said the composer and associate professor of music at Brown. “So I thought, what could be better than to have a colleague write new poetry for the occasion?”
Over the last few months, Nathan worked with Sawako Nakayasu, a poet and assistant professor of literary arts at Brown, to create “Open again a turn of light,” a short fanfare for orchestra and chorus that celebrates the University’s brand-new performing arts venue, opening this fall after five years of construction and anticipation. With words by Nakayasu and music by Nathan, “Open again a turn of light” exemplifies the kind of creative collaboration The Lindemann’s state-of-the-art, flexible spaces will enable for students, faculty, local community members and globally renowned artists for generations to come.
The piece is set to premiere publicly on Saturday, Oct. 21, part of an inaugural public performance inside The Lindemann’s main hall. More than 200 musicians, including Brown students and Providence community members, will be involved in the concert, which also includes a performance of the finale from Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony No. 9 and an appearance from famed violinist Itzhak Perlman.