A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: The Brown Wind Symphony Concert with Mark Steinbach

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Looking for a little on-campus cultural advancement? The Brown Wind Symphony is holding a free concert tonight from 8-10 p.m. in Sayles Hall. Conducted by Mr. Mathew McGarrel, they will perform works by Mozart, Percy Grainger, and Jaromir Weinberger, as well as a special performance by a percussion ensemble.  What makes this concert even better is that Brown’s resident organist, Mark Steinbach, will perform alongside the Wind Symphony. In case you didn’t know, Brown is home to our very own Hutchings-Votey pipe organ, which happens to be the world’s largest, with over 3,300 pipes.

The Wind Symphony concert is a great way to get your Friday night started, and it ends just in time for you to catch the better part of most pregames, in case that’s a concern of yours. You can also try to impress a date by pretending to know who the heck Jaromir Weinberger is (he was actually a badass Czech composer who wrote over 100 works such as operas, choral works, and symphonies). If you haven’t had a chance to check out a student performance or an organ concert, now is your opportunity. The tickets are free, and the doors open at 8:00 p.m.

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Even if you don’t know the difference between Bach and Beethoven, chances are you probably know who Yo-Yo Ma is. From his appearances on Sesame Street to his interviews with Steven Colbert, Mr. Ma’s presence outside the concert hall has made him a household name. In the classical music world, he’s the equivalent of a rock star. He has composed over 70 albums, 15 of which have won Grammies. He has also performed at major events throughout the world, such as the one-year anniversary of 9/11 and President Obama’s first inauguration. His cello is also said to be worth around $2.5 million, so don’t expect him to smash it over his knee once he finishes one of Bach’s fugues.

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