As 2015 draws to a close, I’m writing to ask for your financial support as we gear up for the new year and our 10th Season (!) which begins in the fall.
We work hard every season to bring you interesting, affordable orchestral programs, but we can’t do it without your help. This past year we undertook our most ambitious programs to date. In 2015, we:
– inaugurated our annual String Theories Festival dedicated to 21st century music for strings
– played the opening of the new Whitney Museum of American Art alongside composer/violinist Tony Conrad and John Cale from The Velvet Underground
– commissioned and premiered amazing new works by Scott Wollschleger, Mario Diaz de Leon, and Reiko Füting
– performed some of our favorite warhorse repertoire, including Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, and, with Phoenix Symphony Music Director Tito Muñoz, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring– established a new program of weekend conducting workshops taught by myself and Maestro Muñoz, now entering our fourth iteration
– made our premiere at Bargemusic, NYC’s favorite floating concert hall on the East River, with pianist Steve Beck and violinist Mark Peskanov
– just this month gave the US premiere of a 200-year-old Russian play by Lermontov, with live incidental music by Khachaturian
Not too shabby! The coming year is already shaping up to be just as exciting, starting in February with a performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto with Rachel Lee Priday paired with Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge and a recent work by Brooklyn-based composer Timo Andres, followed in March by our second annual String Theories Festival, this year featuring commissions by Alexandra Gardner, Taylor Brook, and the New York premiere of Chris Cerrone’s LA Philharmonic-commissioned The Pieces That Fall to Earth, and in August we record our first album, to be released in spring 2017!
As we’ve become more ambitious each year, and as our rent and other expenses have more than tripled, we’ve been able to maintain the low (usually $15) ticket prices that we’ve had since 2009 – but only through the generous financial support of our community. Your donations help us fulfill our mission to make our innovative programs accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds!
Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 during our end-of-year campaign. We can do it with your help – you make music possible!
Artistic Director & Founder
String Orchestra of Brooklyn