In Sunday’s (5/13) Birmingham News (Alabama), Michael Huebner writes, “After six years at the helm of the Alabama Symphony, Justin Brown is set to embark on his final concerts as music director. He will end his tenure the same way he started before he took the job—with a Mahler symphony and by conducting from the keyboard in a Mozart piano concerto. … While in Birmingham, he has raised the orchestra’s visibility to a national level, winning two ASCAP awards for adventurous programming, honing its skills in Beethoven symphonies, recording a CD, premiering and commissioning new works, working with three composers in residence and earning a spot on the 2012 Spring for Music festival in New York. ‘I came with the aim of putting the orchestra on the map,’ he said. ‘People in the music world, not just in Europe but in the United States, were saying, “There’s an orchestra in Alabama?” Nobody is saying that anymore. This orchestra is firmly on the map and is being taken very seriously. I’m very proud of that.’ ” Brown will assume the title of music director laureate in the 2012-13 season, as the orchestra seeks a new artistic leader.
Posted May 16, 2012