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Symphony Number One names Managing Director

Brian Harris

Brian Harris

Symphony Number One has named Brian Harris as Managing Director, effective June 15.

Brian Harris is an oboist and network engineer who recently relocated to Baltimore from nearby Clarksburg, MD. He began his career in music education before transitioning into networking and telecommunications infrastructure, where he has remained for over a decade. Because of his managerial role on a range of fast-paced, results-driven contracts, Harris brings a wealth of leadership experience to Symphony Number One’s administrative team. Outside of work, Brian is an active member on the community ensemble circuit. He plays with the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and performs locally as a freelance musician. Highlights of past performances have included concert cycles with the Columbia Orchestra (MD), NIH Philharmonia, and as featured soloist with the Montgomery Village Community Band. Brian is inspired by the rich musical community in Baltimore, and will be instrumental in planning Symphony Number One’s upcoming seasons.

Symphony Number One returns with the music of Schoenberg and James Lee on September 7 and 8 at the Carl J Murphy Performing Arts Center at Morgan State University. Visit our 2019-2020 season page to learn more.

VIDEO: Boulez - Dérive 2

VIDEO: Boulez - Dérive 2

For the first time, the complete video of our performance of Dérive 2 by Pierre Boulez is available online. Happy Birthday to the late Pierre Boulez, born on this day in 1925.

SNO Named Semi-Finalist in American Prize

SNO Named Semi-Finalist in American Prize

Symphony Number One has been named a semi-finalist in the The American Prize Orchestra division! This award recognizes our 2017-2018 season which, among other exciting projects, including premieres by Carolyn ChenJasmine Arielle Barnes, and 14 other…

VIDEO: Ben Goldberg's Catalyst (World Premiere)

VIDEO: Ben Goldberg's Catalyst (World Premiere)

Take a look at Catalyst by composer Ben Goldberg, performed at TEDxMidAtlantic 2017! Ben wrote his latest composition for chamber orchestra specifically for presentation by Symphony Number One at TEDx…

Nicholas Bentz featured on WBJC Podcast

SNO Co-founder and founding Concertmaster Nicholas Bentz was interviewed as All-Classical WBJC's inaugural Student Composer of the Month. Podcast host John Scherch talks to Nick about his future plans as a composer and violinist, his history with launching Symphony Number One and his perspectives as a composer. Nick even discusses one of the seven "totems" that guided his compositional process as he created Approaching Eternity for Symphony Number One.  Listen to the podcast below:

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Album cover for   Approaching

Album cover for Approaching

 
 

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Revisiting the Boss Saxophone Concerto

Nearly two years after its premiere, Symphony Number One co-founder again took up the Boss Saxophone concerto, this time with the University of Texas New Music Ensemble. Here is a video from that performance, which happened to take place the same night as Symphony Number One gave the premiere of Nicholas Bentz’s Approaching Eternity.

 

Our 2nd commercial release, Emergence, was an EP featuring Andrew Boss’ Saxophone Concerto. It is available in all formats on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. 

Approaching Eternity in Photos

 

Take a look at a new trove of photos from last April when we premiered Approaching Eternity by Nicholas Bentz in April of 2017 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore. Photo Credit: Dan Rorke.

Music Director Jordan Randall Smith leads the orchestra in Bentz’s  Approaching Eternity.

Music Director Jordan Randall Smith leads the orchestra in Bentz’s Approaching Eternity.

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Principal Cellist Mike Newman and cellist Rob Erb Kaufman perform Nick’s work with its challenging writing for strings.

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Bassoonist Mateen Milan was an guest artist with the orchestra at the time, but later auditioned to join the group.

  

Former Associate Concertmaster Kristin Bakkegard leads the orchestra

Former Associate Concertmaster Kristin Bakkegard leads the orchestra

Current and former Principal Hornist Scott Ullman and Kelso Jones (respectively) perform with guest artist Gabriel Luciano and the woodwinds of Symphony Number One. 

Current and former Principal Hornist Scott Ullman and Kelso Jones (respectively) perform with guest artist Gabriel Luciano and the woodwinds of Symphony Number One. 

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The composer in his own words: Nicholas Bentz gives a description of the basis for his sprawling new work, Approaching Eternity for Chamber Orchestra. just moments before the orchestra gives the second performances.

 

Take a look at this clip of Approaching Eternity, then learn more about our latest album (which includes Approaching Eternity),  Approaching.

Hangrui Zhang - Baltimore Prelude

Hangrui Zhang - Baltimore Prelude

Baltimore Prelude is a piece that summarizes my experience with the city of Baltimore. In my experience, Baltimore is a vibrant and energetic city, which I have enjoyed. The musical materials and fragments represent the highlights of my experience. Similar to the technique of montage in filmmaking, they are playfully interacting with each other and shifting the sonic image at a fast pace. It is a piece with energy and excitement, reflecting the various images of the city."

Call for Scores 4 | Finalists

Call for Scores 4 | Finalists

Hear something you like? Visit the sites of your favorite composer and get in touch! Donate to their work, send them a fan letter, or commission them for a new work.

News Roundup

News Roundup

What a summer it’s been. Here are a few updates in case you missed them.

 

  • Ben Goldberg was named Symphony Number One’s second Composer-in-Residence.
  • In July, SNO completed it’s summer funding campaign and raised more than $13,000. Thanks to all of our supporters for their tremendous generosity! 
  • Our fourth Call for Scores is underway!  Composers, send in those scores. Learn more: Call for Scores 4.

Composer's Notebook: Ben Goldberg

Composer's Notebook: Ben Goldberg

I’m thrilled to be joining Symphony Number One in my new role as Composer-In-Residence for the 2017-2018 season. I’ve admired their mission since their inception, and it’s great to be aboard. I would like to thank Jordan Randall Smith and the administrative team for this significant opportunity. We have a lot of great projects in the works and I’m looking forward to creating some memorable musical experiences in the coming year.

Symphony Number One is Baltimore's Newes Chamber Orchestra, devoted to substantial works by emerging composers.