June 29, 2017
Michael Brown and the New Haven Symphony: return engagements, a symphonic commission, and a composer residency

Pianist-composer Michael Brown, who has appeared multiple times with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra since his appointment as that orchestra’s New Generation Artist in 2011, will return to the NHSO stage twice during the 2017-18 season, while also beginning a two-year term as its composer-in-residence. On September 28, 2017, he will partner with cellist Nicholas Canellakis and violinist Elena Urioste in performing Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto with the NHSO, and on February 15, 2018, he’s the scheduled soloist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor.

As composer-in-residence, Mr. Brown will write a piece commissioned by the NHSO in observance of its 125th anniversary. Scored for full orchestra, his Symphony No. 1, “Amistad,” will commemorate a famous episode in New Haven history: the 1839 capture of a slave ship, La Amistad, off the coast of Long Island and the subsequent trial that ultimately led to a Supreme Court decision vindicating the West African slaves who had commandeered the ship following a violent rebellion at sea. The symphony will be based in part on freedom songs, melodies evoking the civil rights movement, and such spirituals as “Nobody Knows the Trouble I See.”

During his residency Mr. Brown will lead a program for high-school composers in New Haven and assist them in writing a piece to be performed in a public concert in May 2018. He will also reach out to the New Haven community in various ways throughout the two years of the residency, which will culminate in the June 2019 world premiere of his “Amistad” Symphony on the New Haven Green as part of the orchestra’s 125th anniversary celebration.

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