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The origins of the Brown University Orchestra date back at least to 1858. The modern era of the BUO began in the winter of 1919, when the college orchestra was established. Renamed the Brown-Pembroke Orchestra in 1940, it became the Brown University Orchestra in 1953. The orchestra’s membership consists of over a hundred student musicians from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. The BUO has given concerts in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, toured China and Ireland, and performed a diverse repertoire that has earned the orchestra seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Sergiu Luca, Eugenia Zukerman, Carol Wincenc, Joseph Kalichstein, Christopher O’Riley, and Dave Brubeck are among the many renowned musicians who have appeared as soloists with the orchestra, while composers-in-residence have included Steve Reich, Steven Stucky, Lukas Foss, Nico Muhly, William Perry, Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, Peter Boyer, and Michael Torke.

Brown University Orchestra

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