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Parlour Room Sessions: SoundMind Ensemble

Friday May 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

$10 – $15

Join us for a new season of chamber music at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music!

Parlour room (n), from French parler (to talk or speak) – a room for conversation, debate, or receiving an audience

Classical music has traditionally been an intimate experience, a gathering of friends as a way to pass an evening filled with laughter, entertaining stories, and captivating sounds. We welcome you into our parlour room at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music to learn about new and classic works and indulge in the intimacy of great music making. Bring your curiosity!

The concert includes a complimentary reception.


Woodwind quintet SoundMind Ensemble explores the depth of counterpoint in the seminal Wind Quintet, Op. 26 by Arnold Schoenberg and a new work, Syanpses by Will Healy, that explores the associations and rapid firing of neurons at a time of loss.

The program explores an inner universe of imagination, memory, and emotion, transfigured and expressed as musical sound. Arnold Schoenberg’s Quintet, which premiered in 1923 on the composer’s fiftieth birthday, is often discussed yet seldom heard. It is Schoenberg’s first work of chamber music to fully exemplify his new harmonic language of serial composition. The distinct timbral hues of the five instruments in the ensemble allow the intricate patterns and imitative games woven into the dense texture of the music to remain brightly illuminated on its surface. The result is an imaginative, evocative, and often playful expression of Schoenberg’s vivid fantasies in sound.

The inner workings of the human mind form the substance of Synapses, Will Healy’s artistic response to loss.  Instruments trade contrapuntal not unlike Schoenberg’s at the speed of thought, evoking the firings of neurons and electrical impulses in the brain. Within these interactions, memories emerge and restore life.


Friday May 25, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10 – $15
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Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
58 Seventh Ave.
Brooklyn , NY 11217 United States