Brooklyn Philharmonic brings Russian cartoon music to Brighton Beach

Posted on: October 27, 2011

In Wednesday’s (10/27) Brooklyn Paper, Daniel Bush writes, “Are you hankering for a night of classical music and communist cartoons? Good, because the Brooklyn Philharmonic will perform the original soundtracks to six Soviet-era cartoons—while the animated shorts are screened overhead in an unusual performance at the Millenium Theater in Brighton Beach [a primarily Russian neighborhood] on Nov. 3. As the old cartoon reels roll, the Philharmonic will accompany the images with classical music that was written for the films by 20th-century composers such as Shostakovich and Vyacheslav Artyomov. Philharmonic Director Alan Pierson said the show is geared towards Russians and non-Russians alike. … In advance of the show, the Philharmonic will host a free cartoon and music-making workshop, and a chamber concert dedicated to Soviet émigré writer Sergei Dovlatov. … The two-day ‘Brighton Beach Series’ kicks off the Philharmonic’s comeback season and will be followed by similar events in Downtown and Bedford-Stuyvesant next spring. The shows are part of the formerly cash-strapped orchestra’s effort to rebrand itself under Pierson, who took over in January.”

Posted October 27, 2011