Brown University Orchestra

Brown University Orchestra

Brown University Orchestra

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The Brown University Orchestra was founded in 1918 and is composed of around 100 members of the Brown University community. It has been led by its current conductor Paul Phillips since 1989. Its alumni include members of the Chicago Symphony and other acclaimed orchestras.


The Brown University Orchestra has performed twice in Carnegie Hall, the latter concert featuring the Dave Brubeck Quartet; twice with Itzhak Perlman; once in a Providence concert that featured his daughter Navah Perlman '92 as piano soloist; and once in a benefit concert at Avery Fisher Hall. Recent special events include a 2002 tour to Montreal, a 2004 performance of Peter Boyer's multimedia composition Ellis Island: The Dream of America at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence featuring actors Barry Bostwick and Brown alumna Kate Burton, and a 2006-7 tour of China.


Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Eugenia Zukerman and Joseph Kalichstein are among the renowned musicians who have appeared as soloists with the Brown University Orchestra. Composers-in-residence hosted by the orchestra include Steve Reich, Steven Stucky, Michael Torke, Lukas Foss and Samuel Adler.


Previous conductors of the orchestra have included Eiji Oue and Richard Westerfield. In December 2006, Daniel Barenboim was a guest conductor when he visited with the West-Eastern Divan orchestra.


In 2009, the Brown University Orchestra...
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