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Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra

New York, NY         

Founded in 2014, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra’s purpose is to collaborate anywhere, anytime, with anyone. An orchestra for the 21st century, Urban Playground is malleable in size, genre and venue, aiming to create engaging programming and push traditional boundaries through collaboration, performances of lesser known works and revitalized takes on classic works. We prioritize the music of African American and female composers to further enliven the classical canon.  

Musicians from Urban Playground currently play with the New York Philharmonic, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, among other leading groups. 

Dobrinka Tabakova: Concerto for Cello and Strings, mvmt. I

28 October 2016, US Premiere
Dobrinka Tabakova: Concerto for Cello and Strings (2008)
Julian Schwarz, cello
Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Cunningham, conductor

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Ryan Brown: Orange Enough for Marc

“This piece plays with my thoughts on the organic and mechanical, imbued with the color orange, which immediately reminds me of that book by Anthony Burgess. You know the one. There’s also some Marc Mellits towards the end. I think he would find it’s orange enough.”

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George Walker: Lyric for Strings

George Walker (b. 1922) was a student at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia when Lyric was premiered by their student orchestra and broadcast on the radio. Originally the second movement of Walker’s first string quartet and titled Lament, this version for string orchestra intensifies the harmonic richness of the original setting. It carries the dedication “To my grandmother,” and remains one of his most beloved works to this day.

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