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Q2 Music presents Brooklyn Philharmonic and Mos Def (Oct 12)

On Wednesday, October 12 at 7pm, Q2 Music the online contemporary classical stream of Classical 105.9FM WQXR – will present an audio webcast of the Brooklyn Philharmonic with new Music Director Alan Pierson and special guest artist Mos Def, live from the World Financial Center Winter Garden. The concert will mark the beginning of the new season of WNYC’s “New Sounds Live” and will feature a preview of the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s upcoming season. Curated by John Schaefer, host and producer of WNYC’s popular shows New Sounds and Soundcheck, “New Sound Live” presents adventurous New York concerts of top artists exploring new music and composers.
An acclaimed musician, actor, and social activist, Brooklyn-born Mos Def and the Brooklyn Philharmonic are two of Kings County’s favorite cultural icons. The October 12 concert sees Mos Def join the orchestra to perform his original songs, in new arrangements by Grammy Award-winning composer Derek Bermel. The evening also features performances by chamber players from the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, plus the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, soprano Mellissa Hughes, celebrated singer-songwriter Corey Dargel, and others. The concert will showcase an excerpt from a new composition by David T. Little based on 19th-century shape note singing, as well as works by Lev Zhurbin (aka Ljova) and Frederic Rzewski.
The live audio webcast will be available at and on WQXR’s iPhone mobile app. For additional coverage of the “New Sounds Live” season opener with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and special guest Mos Def, visit – /articles/q2-live-concerts/2011/oct/06/l.
Q2 Music is a listener-supported, New York-based internet stream devoted to the music of living composers: a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts, and on-demand concerts from today’s leading New Music performers and venues. For more information, visit WQXR’s newly redesigned web site at – /series/q2.
October 12 at 7pm
Q2 Music
“New Sounds Live” hosted by John Schaefer
Mos Def arr. Derek Bermel: Bed-Stuy Forever: The Sounds of Mos Def featuring arrangements of “Life 
   in Marvelous Times” and other songs (2011)
David T. Little: Excerpt from Am I Born (2011)
Lev Zhurbin: Excerpt from Only Love (2008)
Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (1972)
Corey Dargel: What Might Have Been (2011)
Brooklyn Philharmonic / Alan Pierson, Music Director
Live from the World Financial Center Winter Garden
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WQXR 105.9 FM is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among other city venues. WQXR broadcasts essential shows such as the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, the New York Philharmonic This Week on Thursday evenings, the McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase on Wednesday evenings, and Symphony Hall each weeknight. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR also operates Q2 Music, an online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, cross-genre adventures, and performances from New York City’s edgier venues. provides essential playlist info for online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, and videos.
For further information, please contact:
Rosalin Luetum, WNYC/WQXR: [email protected], (646) 829-4331
Glenn Petry, 21C Media Group: [email protected], (212) 625-2038


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