The String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB) is a unique community of musicians who come together in a supportive environment to enrich the life of our communities through music. Embracing an inclusive approach to music-making, the SOB seeks to democratize both the production and reception of concert music. Founded in 2007 by artistic director Eli Spindel, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn is “quickly solidifying its role as a major orchestral figure in the borough” (I Care if You Listen), providing an enriching creative outlet to hundreds of musicians, and accessible, adventurous programming to thousands of concertgoers and community members.
To date, the SOB has given over 90 concerts and presentations of over 400 new and existing works for string orchestra, full orchestra, and chamber ensemble. Praised for its passionate commitment to the music of our time by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, I Care if You Listen, The New Yorker, and more, the SOB places a special emphasis on the work of living composers. Upcoming highlights for 2017 include the organization’s third annual String Theories Festival, a multi-evening festival featuring over 50 artists and composers from around the world. The festival has commissioned and performed over 20 world premieres. Now in its 10th season, the SOB releases its inaugural album, AfterImage, on June 21, 2017.
Other recent highlights include a 6-hour installation piece for the grand opening of the new Whitney Museum of American Art in collaboration with the late Tony Conrad and John Cale. The orchestra is featured on Richard Carrick’s album Cycles of Evolution, and has presented world premieres by such composers as Anthony Coleman, Alexandra Gardner, Judd Greenstein, Katherine Young, Alex Mincek, Catherine Lamb, Scott Wollschleger, Christopher Cerrone, and more. Upcoming commissions include the work of the internationally-based W4 New Music Collective.
The orchestra collaborates with vital Brooklyn-based organizations, including Roulette, ISSUE Project Room, American Opera Projects, GHOSTLIGHT Chorus, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, and the Noel Pointer Foundation. Guest soloists and conductors have included such stars as Tito Muñoz, Charlers Neidich, Steve Beck, Matt Boehler, David Kaplan, Spencer Myer, and MIVOS and Argus String Quartets.
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