Texarkana Symphony’s Philip Mann leads Ensemble Bravura in new recording

Posted on: March 14, 2022

“The musicians in Ensemble Bravura love performing together, but that is not all they have in common,” writes Karl Richter in Thursday’s (3/10) Texarkana Gazette (TX). “The title of the group’s debut album, ‘Finding Home,’ reflects its members’ shared status as international musicians, said founder Philip Mann, the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra’s music director. Composers of the album’s pieces were all influenced by Russian-Jewish heritage, filtered through the American experience, and flutist Alexa Still, guitarist Jason Vieaux and pianist Tatiana Roitman Mann identify with that, Mann said…. Available on the Sony Classical label this week via streaming, the album [is] ‘an opportunity to bring together some of my favorite artists from around the world to play in an intimate chamber orchestra setting together. And it’s an opportunity to showcase some new repertoire,’ he said…. Mann … has been an American Conducting Fellow with the League of American Orchestras…. He also has been an assistant conductor for performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and Cleveland Orchestras. Previously the music director of the [U.K.’s] Oxford City Opera, he has held posts with the Indianapolis and San Diego symphonies.”