Literary references to borough infuse Brooklyn Philharmonic program

Posted on: February 29, 2012

In Tuesday’s (2/29) Brooklyn Paper (New York), Eli Rosenberg writes, “On March 4, the Brooklyn Philharmonic will team up with legendary wordsmith Phillip Lopate for a concert that will blend the orchestra’s Brooklyn-inspired original score and Lopate’s lyrical words—as well of those written by some of Brooklyn’s most notable literary figures—to weave a musical tapestry that serves as something of a love letter to the borough. ‘We’re trying to re-imagine the orchestra as a connection point,’ said Alan Pierson, the recently anointed artistic director of the group, that’s already performed with such antithetical figures such as the hip-hop artist Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def)—the philharmonic’s new artist-in-residence—in his short tenure. … Brooklyn-born Lopate, who’s penned works of poetry and fiction as well as essays and criticism, will read selections from some of the borough’s emblematic texts—Walt Whitman’s ‘Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,’ Paul Auster’s ‘The Brooklyn Follies,’ and his own recent essay, ‘Brooklyn the Unknowable’—to create a musical landscape that harks back to the Brooklyn of past, and embraces the Brooklyn of present, where artists like the Brooklyn Philharmonic are embracing the borough as the city’s creative nucleus.”

Posted February 29, 2012