The String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB) is a unique community of musicians who come together in a supportive environment to enrich the life of our communities through music. Embracing an inclusive approach to music-making, the SOB seeks to democratize both the production and reception of concert music. Founded in 2007 by artistic director Eli Spindel, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn is “quickly solidifying its role as a major orchestral figure in the borough” (I Care if You Listen), providing an enriching creative outlet to hundreds of musicians, and accessible, adventurous programming to thousands of concertgoers and community members.
Praised for its passionate commitment to the music of our time by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, I Care if You Listen, Cool Hunting, and more, the SOB places a special emphasis on the work of living composers. 2015 highlights have included a 6-hour performance/installation for the new Whitney Museum in collaboration with Tony Conrad and John Cale, and being featured on Richard Carrick’s newly released album Cycles of Evolution. The orchestra has presented world premieres by such composers as Anthony Coleman, Judd Greenstein, Katherine Young, Alex Mincek, Catherine Lamb, Scott Wollschleger, Christopher Cerrone, and many more. Upcoming commissions include the work of Baltimore composer Alexandra Gardner for the SOB’s annual String Theories Festival in spring of 2016.
The orchestra, which seeks to increase its impact in the community through artistic and institutional collaborations, has collaborated with numerous vital Brooklyn-based organizations, including Roulette, ISSUE Project Room, American Opera Projects, GHOSTLIGHT Chorus, loadbang, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, and the Noel Pointer Foundation. Guest soloists and conductors have included such stars as Tito Muñoz, Charlers Neidich, Steve Beck, Matt Boehler, David Kaplan, Spencer Myer, and the Toomai String Quintet.