SOURCE: Seaport Marketplace

May 15, 2008 13:00 ET

Brooklyn Philharmonic to Perform John Adams' "Shaker Loops" With Choreographed Fireworks Display Bursting Above Lower Manhattan

June 14, 2008 at 8 p.m. South Street Seaport

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - Renowned for defying convention, Brooklyn Philharmonic Music Director Michael Christie and the Brooklyn Philharmonic will continue to embrace the unexpected by performing a free outdoor concert which includes a performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams' celebrated piece, "Shaker Loops," accompanied by a synchronized fireworks display, on June 14 at New York City's South Street Seaport.

In selecting the four-movement "Shaker Loops" -- music never before performed with live fireworks accompaniment -- Music Director Christie is challenging both his orchestra and his audiences to think beyond safe, traditional firework pairings, such as Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." The "hauntingly ethereal" nature of Adams' work, while rooted in American Minimalism, displays a dynamic, almost electrically charged element that makes it an ideal choice for fireworks.

The free outdoor concert will also include great works for string orchestra, with the performance culminating in the spectacular combination of Adams' celebrated "Shaker Loops" and synchronized fireworks.

Brooklyn Philharmonic's performance caps a full day of family fun at the acclaimed Children's Day at South Street Seaport. The concert marks the second year in a row that Brooklyn Philharmonic will perform with the synchronized Target Fireworks Spectacular in lower Manhattan.

Conducted by Music Director Christie, the concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., and concludes with John Adams' "Shaker Loops" performed live to a stunning fireworks display launched from two barges into the skies above lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The 9:30 p.m. fireworks show -- produced by Zambelli, one of the oldest family-run fireworks companies -- rivals any major pyrotechnic celebration in New York City.

All of the activities throughout Children's Day, including the concert and fireworks, are free to the public.

"Children's Day provides wonderful free entertainment to lower Manhattan residents, as well as families from throughout the Tri-State area," said Lincoln Palsgrove IV, senior marketing manager, General Growth Properties. "GGP's commitment to Children's Day reflects our role as a community partner and advocate for the continued vitalization of downtown."

Children's Day, sponsored by the Seaport and a part of The River to River Festival, features activities for the entire family on the stages, streets and piers of South Street Seaport, the popular and historic downtown destination.

Concert Information:
Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 8 p.m.: Seaport Children's Day & Fireworks

South Street Seaport - Pier 17
Fulton & South Streets
New York City

        Michael Christie, conductor
        Members of Brooklyn Philharmonic


        Adams:  Shaker Loops (selections)
                I. Shaking and Trembling
                II. Hymning Slews
                III. Loops and Verses
                IV. A Final Shaking

Admission to Children's Day & Fireworks and the concert is free of charge.

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Michael Christie became the Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic in September 2005. He is also Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival. In the US in previous seasons Maestro Christie has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony among many others. Maestro Christie first came to international attention in 1995 when he was awarded a special prize for "Outstanding Potential" at the First International Sibelius Conductor's Competition in Helsinki. Following the competition, Mr. Christie was invited to become an apprentice conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and subsequently worked with Daniel Barenboim, both in Chicago and at the Berlin State Opera during the 1996/97 season. Maestro Christie graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His conducting teachers have been Robert Spano, Eiji Oue and Peter Jaffe.


One of the nation's groundbreaking music ensembles, the Brooklyn Philharmonic opens its 53rd season as a vital presence in the cultural life of the New York metropolitan area. Devoted to bringing music to the entire Brooklyn community, the Philharmonic serves the borough's cultural and educational communities through partnerships with New York City's Department of Education, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, and Brooklyn Academy of Music, among other organizations. For the past five decades, the Brooklyn Philharmonic has played a leading role in the presentation of innovative and thematic programming, receiving 21 ASCAP Awards over the last 25 years for "Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music." Since its 1954 inception, audiences have embraced the Brooklyn Philharmonic's commitment to the concept of the orchestra as a contemporary performance ensemble, emphasizing important present-day music, as in the decades of Beethoven and Brahms. The Philharmonic has premiered over 150 works, including 61 commissions.


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