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Symphony Nova creates opportunities for talented music school graduates to present fine concerts, develop professionally, and serve the Boston community. We hold four concerts per year in the beautiful Old South Church in Copley Square, Boston. Our Music Director, Lawrence Isaacson, is a vibrant presence in the classical music world. He is known for inspiring audiences with exciting, interactive and creative concerts, helping them to discover the classical tradition’s depth, beauty, and relevance today.

Symphony Nova hand-selects Nova fellows annually. We aim to develop self-sufficient musicians who will use their classical music background to explore culturally relevant opportunities to connect with today’s shifting artistic world. With the many changes happening in the traditional business and artistic model of today’s symphony orchestra, we want to be on the crest of the tide – not only to ensure the success of our musicians, but also the longevity of this important cultural medium.

Nicolas Brown to Play Strauss Duet Concertino – By Kaeli Lange

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nick_014_smallNicholas Brown, clarinetist, will be performing the Strauss Duet Concertino with Symphony Nova on April 27th at Old South Church.

Brown began playing clarinet fifteen years ago, when he was in sixth grade.

I chose to play the clarinet in the sixth grade after I visited family in New Hampshire and saw that my cousin had just started on the instrument. I was both jealous and insanely competitive, and here we are almost 15 years later,” he joked.

He has never performed this concerto before, is looking forward to the concert and has been diligently preparing for the rehearsals.

Some of Brown’s favorite methods for practicing a work of this scope include “lots of score study and different recordings, shamelessly singing and conducting through the entire work, and slow practice,” he said.

Strauss is among Brown’s favorite composers, along with Shostakovich and Britten. But when it comes to his own musical inspiration, Brown is mostly influenced by the artistry of his own colleagues.

“My inspiration tends to come through working with my friends and colleagues,” said Brown. “Hearing their artistry pushes me to new lengths in my own music-making and forces me to expand the limits of what my instrument and creativity can produce.”

Along with preparing for his debut with Symphony Nova, Brown is also preparing to move to back to Boston for his Master’s Degree.

He said, “I am currently finishing up my contract with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in Chicago, IL. Once that is up in June, I will be returning to Boston to finish my Master of Music at the New England Conservatory.”

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