The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra presents the first of five concerts held at the Brooklyn Museum with a performance of Offenbach, Fauré, Walton, and Gershwin on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 2PM.
The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra's 2016 – 17 season is under the baton of Artistic Director Nicholas Armstrong with five major series concerts offered at the Brooklyn Museum and several concerts of smaller ensembles planned throughout the borough. The orchestra will perform music by Rossini, Beethoven, Bartok, Rimsky-Korsakoff and many more, including a program of English, Italian and American music that the orchestra will take to Brazil in February 2017.
The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1973 as the Brooklyn Heights Orchestra, is now in its 43rd exciting season. The orchestra is a mix of talented amateur, semi-professional, and professional musicians, from all walks of life who play for the sheer joy of the experience.
At the top of the concert several movements from William Walton’s orchestral suite based on his 1922 “Façade, an Entertainment,” settings of surreal poems by Edith Sitwell. Finally, George Gershwin’s inimitable ballet music “An American in Paris.” We may need to import real taxi cabs!
NICK ARMSTRONG During Mr. Armstrong’s tenure, the orchestra has grown into one of the most respected community groups in the metropolitan area. Armstrong is active as an opera and symphony conductor, violinist, and vocal coach. He has conducted throughout the United States and Europe, and in his native England, where he began his musical studies. He graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in composition and viola. Armstrong subsequently studied conducting at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, where he was also a member of the Teatro La Fenice orchestra. He has worked with Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Norman Del Mar, Nino Rota, and Otto Werner Mueller. Armstrong earned a master’s degree in conducting from Virginia Commonwealth University. While studying in Richmond, he conducted a performance of the Verdi Requiem for the re-opening of the Loew’s Theater, which was renamed the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. Armstrong was music director of the New Music Orchestra of Washington and the Montgomery County Youth Chamber Orchestra. As an opera conductor, he has led performances of the Prince George’s (MD), Richmond, Capitol (DC), and Victorian Lyric Opera Companies.