Parlour Room Sessions

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!

All concerts begin at 7pm and include a complimentary reception.



March 16

Parhelion Trio (Sarah Carrier, flute; Ashlée Miller, clarinet; and Andrea Christie, piano) presents three new works by American composers, all performed from memory: Derek Bermel, Jennifer Higdon, Paul Schoenfield.

Twin Trio, by Brooklyn-based composer Derek Bermel, is four-movement work that was inspired by the unique personalities of his friend’s newborn twins. Jennifer Higdon’s Dash is a rapid piece in perpetual motion that is exactly what the title suggests—a mad dash from beginning to end. Paul Schoenfield’s Sonatina is a rarely performed piece that features different dances in each of its three movements: Charleston, Rag, and Jig. “Charleston” and “Rag” both evoke nearly-cinematic scenes from bygone eras, while “Jig” suggests a dance party for a victorious pirate crew.

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May 25

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.

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Past events

February 16, 2018

The Curiosity Cabinet’s interdisciplinary thematic performances invite audiences to indulge in the pleasure of spectacle, in the fun of looking as well as listening, and in the disorientating effect of satire. Led by composer-conductor Whitney George, the ensemble presents an evening of chamber music, theater, and film featuring George’s Chasing Light and new works by New York based composers.

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November 17, 2017

Award-winning pianist Javor Bracic and soprano Liana Guberman facilitate a discovery of the emotional narrative and underlying theoretical concepts of Mozart’s opera Idomeneo, illuminating the poetry, nuance, and daring innovation that give the composition its power.

Bracic and Guberman discuss the work’s historical, cultural, and biographical context and show how Mozart’s work from 1780 is still relevant to our lives today.

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