Symphony orchestras are often viewed as stodgy, old institutions, catering exclusively to the tastes of stodgy, old white people. This year, the Brooklyn Philharmonic is working to dispel that conception. The orchestra featured a collaboration with the artist formerly known as Mos Def (and currently known as Yasiin Bey) last year, and now they’re following it up with a performance featuring future-psychedelic R&B queen Erykah Badu. Badu will perform But I Voted for Shirley Chisolm, a musical celebration of the Bed-Stuy native who was the first African-American woman elected to Congress. In addition to the Badu collab, the Brooklyn Phil will feature performances with the Pan Sonata Steel Orchestra, a celebration of Brooklyn film music composers George Gershwin, Angelo Badalementi, and Leonard Rosenman, and a competition of original films set to Arnold Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Film-Scene. Check out the orchestra’s full season here.
(Image: Erykah Badu)