New York, March 10, 2020 — Due to the unprecedented situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in NYC, we are postponing the Brooklyn Orchestra performance this Friday, March 13th at Roulette Intermedium to a later date. We are working with Roulette to reschedule the event once this troubling time has passed, and hope you will continue to support us in the future. We value each and every one of our committed audience members and apologize for this unfortunate circumstance.

All ticket holders for this Friday's performance will be refunded.

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The Brooklyn Orchestra was founded by composer/conductor Olivier Glissant, who is also the founder of music label Blacksalt Records. The Brooklyn Orchestra is devoted to including modern works in the orchestral repertoire, in an effort to bring great music from past and present to all generations. It is also developing a discography which includes Glissant’s First Symphony, the first of many upcoming recordings that reflect the orchestra’s mission: presenting works by contemporary, active composers.

“Brooklyn has a rich history and is now entering its second decade of cultural revival further enriching New York City offerings. Brooklyn has experienced a surge in artistic activities: venues multiplied in all fields, drawing ever more outsiders towards Brooklyn’s cultural life. Inspired by the distinguished tradition of “the orchestra” in Brooklyn, from such institutions as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, led by Dennis Russell Davies, to all the ensembles that contribute today to the musical life of the city, the Brooklyn Orchestra is proud to be part of this movement and play a role in the orchestral scene — especially at Roulette Theater near the beating heart of Brooklyn at Atlantic and Flatbush” says Glissant.

Upcoming concerts for the season include the Brazilian Suite based on music by guitarist/composer Guinga, an oratorio based on Haitian "roots music" and folklore, and music from several North American composers. The orchestra is also developing a chamber music series dedicated to South American composers from the 20th century such as Astor Piazzola, Ernesto Nazareth, Hermeto Pascoal, Tico da Costa and Egberto Gismonti.


The Brooklyn Orchestra is a symphonic ensemble dedicated to new music, striving to focus on contemporary composers. Created in 2015 by composer/conductor Olivier Glissant, the group was conceived to fuse genres of music that rarely meet on the classical stage and to bring music from multiple cultures to the orchestral repertoire, in an effort to make symphonic music accessible to a wider and more diverse audience.


Based in Brooklyn, NY, Olivier Glissant is a composer, conductor, producer and founder of Blacksalt Records. He created the Brooklyn Orchestra in 2015. Glissant spent his childhood in his native Martinique, then went on to study piano in Paris before attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. His influences are many, including South American, Caribbean and African music, as well as European classical music. This brought him to collaborate through the years with Philip Glass, Norah Jones, Bill Frisell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vinicius Cantuaria, Pete Seeger, Cyro Baptista, Tico da Costa, Thiago Thiago de Mello, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yasmin Levy. He more recently conducted his own creations with the Brooklyn Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations in New York, and in Paris in the Panthéon-Sorbonne's Cour d'Honneur, and is currently working on new electronic and chamber pieces, a solo piano record and two operas, "Six Scenes from Paradise", which will premiere in the USA in 2020, and "Concert Baroque", based on the novel by Alejo Carpentier.