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While it may not get nearly as much ink as the far more renowned Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Artistic Director Nicholas Armstrong has carved out a respectable niche for itself among local music fans over the past three decades.

And the orchestra’s upcoming season promises to give concertgoers its usual mix of classical, romantic and modern works.

The first full-length orchestral concert of the new season will be at Brooklyn College’s Walt Whitman Hall in Midwood (one block from the junction of Nostrand and Flatbush avenues) on Oct. 22 at 8 pm. Beginning with the jolly prelude from Wagner’s opera "Der Meistersinger von Nurnberg," more Mendelssohn music arrives in the form of his Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings (with soloists Mioi Takeda on violin and Emily White on piano), then Modest Mussorgsky’s crowd-pleasing "Pictures at an Exhibition" ends the program in grand style.

The remainder of the Symphony’s schedule juxtaposes orchestral concerts at Walt Whitman Hall and at the Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity, at Clinton and Montague streets in Brooklyn Heights, with chamber music at the Brooklyn Public Library branch on Cadman Plaza West. Although the chamber programs had not been announced at press time, the orchestral concerts are certainly enticing: Haydn, Debussy and Gustav Holst, on Oct. 28 at St. Ann’s; Richard Strauss, Dmitri Shostakovich and Evan Hause on Feb. 11 at Walt Whitman Hall; Brahms and Edvard Grieg, on March 31 at St. Ann’s; and Johann Strauss, Edward Elgar and Adam Silverman on May 26 at Whitman Hall.

Best of all, admission to all concerts is free, with donations accepted at the door. (Although tickets to a special holiday sing-along of Handel’s "Messiah," Dec. 14 at St. Ann’s, are $15.) For more information, visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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