2019-09-10T12:56:42-04:00

What an Award can release…

What an Award can release…

by STEPHEN P BROWN

SPB on his way to the stage

Winning a Professional Artist Award from Creative Pinellas has enabled me to pursue and host events that would not have happened otherwise, including attending productivity and music industry networking conferences, and expanding my podcast to include panel discussions. My creative output has increased dramatically thanks to these conferences helping me focus on income-producing professional activities. In addition, a life-long dream has been to record my original compositions, and this Award helped begin that process.

Here are some professional activity highlights that occurred during the last few months

  • Performance of original music in unconventional venue with unconventional setting and including
    dance.
  • Recordings made of original compositions for album release in early 2020.
  • Several performances with the Dunedin Concert Band and Richey Community Orchestra and Chorus, including 3 sold-out shows.
  • Host of Pinellas Festival of Community Bands for 7 performing ensembles and 1,200 audience.
  • Attended the Getty Sing! Conference at the Grand Ole Opry, the Focused Leader Intensive and 2 Business Accelerator conferences with Michael Hyatt.
  • Hosted 8 panel discussion recording sessions for 32 podcast episodes.
  • Launched new ensemble “Pinellas Community Players”

And here is one personal tri-umph I’m particularly proud to have accomplished recently:


Stephen P Brown is a Conductor of orchestra, choirs, concert bands and musicals, as well as a composer. He is the General Director of the Dunedin Music Society, Head Spark Plug of the Concert University, and a Professional Artist Grantee of Creative Pinellas. You can find his concert schedule here, a sample of his compositions here, and listen to his podcast Classic Jabber here.

2019-09-03T09:49:06-04:00

Mixing sport and music

Actually, it’s more about health and music.

I have spent the last few months planning concert programs for 2020 and 2021.

But I’ve also been training for a TRIATHLON this weekend (Saturday, September 7)!

Swimming, Bicycling, and Running.

And while I’m doing it mostly for my health, it is also bringing awareness to the Dunedin Music Society as well as PSP, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. It’s a very cruel disease that used to be rare when the actor/ pianist Dudley Moore had it, but my own Dad was a sufferer, and more recently Vince Naiomli of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball franchise, and now the singer Linda Ronstadt, too.

Here’s the full story with regular updates:

https://spb.buzz/spbtryatri

 

#spbtryatri

#spbtryatri

 

2019-08-27T12:15:23-04:00

To remain an effective performer…

To remain an effective performer…

by STEPHEN P BROWN

 

Performers perform to have some sort of impact on others.

Otherwise, there is no reason, justification, or purpose to performing!

Particularly music… the language of emotions.

Musicians communicate with other human beings (and sometimes animals – check out this audience!) using this language we literally cannot put into words.

But no conversation is one-sided.

Can you imagine?!

The only thing you EVER did in life was attend lectures.

Ugh.

The ONLY thing lecturers did in life was talk TO others.

Imagine it – no two-way communication, no observation of body language, of facial expressions, of feedback, no sharing of opinions, no listening to how others feel.

What sort of world would that be?

[Hmmm…]

Yet so many performers do exactly that – they perform and push their music outwards, without any consideration of the emotions/ feelings/ message the audience may be receiving. In fact, I will go so far as to say that the majority of performers these days do not even make conscientious decisions about the emotions they are trying to share!

Remarkable.

So, how do performers remain effective?

How do we stay alert to the impact we have on those around us when we perform?

Believe it or not, the most effective way to remain an effective performer, is to attend performances!

Yes, go to concerts.

It can be tough as most of the time we feel like we’re on a busman’s holiday.

But it keeps us fresh, on the receiving end of “performing” and that gives us credibility for when we perform ourselves.

Performers should attend performances.

The picture below is an example of a performance I recently attended, at which quadriplegic cancer survivor Joni Eareckson Tada led 13,000 people in unaccompanied harmonized singing. Powerful and impacting, for sure, and very inspiring for my own performances. I got to experience what I want my audiences to experience.

And THAT is a lesson that cannot be taught – it MUST be experienced.

So…

Go to a concert!

Because there’s more to music than just the music.

13000 singing unaccompanied harmony

 

 


Stephen P Brown is a Conductor of orchestra, choirs, concert bands and musicals, as well as a composer. He is the General Director of the Dunedin Music Society, Head Spark Plug of the Concert University, and a Professional Artist Grantee of Creative Pinellas. You can find his concert schedule here, a sample of his compositions here, and listen to his podcast Classic Jabber here.

2019-08-14T06:51:13-04:00

Classical music isn’t all big and loud

Classical music isn’t all big and loud

by STEPHEN P BROWN

 

Movie music is the “in-thing” for orchestras, and rightly so!

It’s awesome, emotional stuff with pictures already given to us that tell a story of emotions.

No wonder we love it so much!

It’s loud, it’s big, it’s luscious, it’s powerful, and we don’t have to use our imagination.

(It also earns those orchestras a lot of money – still not enough to pay for the event itself, but more than a masterworks concert.)

But not all live music needs to be so attention-grabbing.

Music, as the language of emotions, can be shared intimately, in a small environment.

Whether it be one person or a small group of persons, classical music can be effective at any size in any venue…

If we let it.

And we did just that tonight.

The Dunedin Music Society hosted a Chamber Music Showcase – a wonderful event in which performers who wanted to make peoples’ lives better by sharing the emotions they want to convey, did so through live music. Not as part of a big, powerful, usually loud group, but intimately, between friends.

It was like having dinner in someone’s home as opposed to meeting them at a restaurant.

Lovely stuff.

Well done, all! So proud of you. I enjoyed sharing the moment with you and continue to encourage you, and others, to keep performing just like that.


Stephen P Brown is a Conductor of orchestra, choirs, concert bands and musicals, as well as a composer. He is the General Director of the Dunedin Music Society, Head Spark Plug of the Concert University, and a Professional Artist Grantee of Creative Pinellas. You can find his concert schedule here, a sample of his compositions here, and listen to his podcast Classic Jabber here.

2019-08-06T14:17:57-04:00

Combining Music and Health

Combining Music and Health

by STEPHEN P BROWN

 

Music, being the language of emotions, has a ton of scientifically proven associations with our well being.

Indeed, there is a whole new industry called “Music Therapy” that sprang from the extensive research of benefits.

But this story is different.

My passion is live music, and like most people, my good health is becoming increasingly important.

So how do I stay fit while pursuing an otherwise rather sedentary life as a performer?

I need a big, bold goal.

So I chose one.

A triathlon.

Yup!

Swimming, Cycling and Running, in Pinellas County, on September 7.

And I’d love for you to keep me accountable – help me actually go through with this, and help me contribute to the music and health charities close to my heart.

Read the whole story here:

httpss://spb.buzz/spbtryatri

Wish me well!

#spbtryatri

 

Raising funds for music and health charities

#spbtryatri


Stephen P Brown is a Conductor of orchestra, choirs, concert bands and musicals, as well as a composer. He is the General Director of the Dunedin Music Society, Head Spark Plug of the Concert University, and a Professional Artist Grantee of Creative Pinellas. You can find his concert schedule here, a sample of his compositions here, and listen to his podcast Classic Jabber here.

2019-07-30T10:23:52-04:00

Which “Lord of the Rings” version?

Which “Lord of the Rings” version?

by STEPHEN P. BROWN

 

There are many more representations of J.R.R. Tolkein’s stories about Hobbits than Peter Jackson’s movies with music by Howard Shore.

In 1988, the World Premiere of an original composition by Johan De Meij took place.

It is his first symphony for concert band.

And it includes five movements representing some of the characters and places featured in The Lord of the Rings, so that’s what he called it.

I am so thrilled and excited to be performing this work with the dedicated and hard-working Performers of the Dunedin Concert Band later this year. Rehearsals begin very soon, and people are SO EXCITED there is even one Performer who will be driving from Gainesville every week, just to play this particular piece with this particular group.

Music in our community is strong, vibrant, and continues to grow the cultural prowess of our corner of the world.

It is so exciting to have a part to play in it.

 

Lord of the Rings Symphony by Johan De Meij (not the Peter Jackson movie music by Howard Shore!)

“Lord of the Rings Symphony” by Johan De Meij
(not the Peter Jackson movie music by Howard Shore!)

 


Stephen P Brown is a Conductor of orchestra, choirs, concert bands and musicals, as well as a composer. He is the General Director of the Dunedin Music Society, Head Spark Plug of the Concert University, and a Professional Artist Grantee of Creative Pinellas. You can find his concert schedule here, a sample of his compositions here, and listen to his podcast Classic Jabber here.

2019-07-10T11:09:33-04:00

What is “Jabberationing?”

Jabberationing.

It’s a term I made up to describe what happens every week on my podcast.

Classic Jabber

Conversations about Classical Music.

We have been covering topics that range from Nurturing to Self-Respect to Authenticity to society’s obsessions with youth orchestras and allegedly aging audiences.

Check it out!

https://classicjabber.com

Conductor Composer Stephen P Brown talking classical music on Classic Jabber

 

 


Stephen P Brown is a Conductor of orchestra, choirs, concert bands and musicals, as well as a composer. He is the General Director of the Dunedin Music Society, Head Spark Plug of the Concert University, and a Professional Artist Grantee of Creative Pinellas. You can find his concert schedule here, a sample of his compositions here, and listen to his podcast Classic Jabber here.

2019-07-10T11:10:23-04:00

“Tapestry Tampa Bay” performed live

Feedback from my performance of an original composition Tapestry Tampa Bay

(Watch the whole piece in the video below…)

I conducted my composition “Tapestry Tampa Bay” for a new audience in Safety Harbor, Florida.

Tapestry Tampa Bay by Stephen P Brown

It is a piece for chamber ensemble in six movements, each describing a scene or an aspect of Tampa Bay that struck me as unique or unusual – just new experiences for a newcomer to the area.

  1. Beaches & Boats
  2. Skyway Bridge
  3. Grouper
  4. Downtown
  5. Churches & Arts
  6. Back for More

Feedback was amazing and very positive – see below – with requests to orchestrate some of the movements, as well as over 26,000 views of the 2012 World Premiere video.

“Brilliant composition. Those of you that missed this concert, you missed out on a great night of beautiful and entertaining music.” -Barb E.

Tapestry Tampa Bay: simply amazing.” -Hamby

“Absolutely inspiring.” -Bill

“I’ll be Back for More!” -Mary

“Excellent. Can’t wait for the CD.” -Carlos

“Stephen is fearless in a new adventure, ready for a new challenge with a quiet confidence.” -Dale

“I love the stories, and then the music plays them out.” -Vanessa

“Totally refreshing and enjoyable. Please do it again.” -Ron

“What a wonderful surprise. I hope a tour comes out of this.” -Jill

Check out the video of Tapestry Tampa Bay on YouTube, and remember to LIKE it! (Give it a thumbs up). Also add your comments, similar to those above, to the video site:

 


Stephen P Brown is a Conductor of orchestra, choirs, concert bands and musicals, as well as a composer. He is the General Director of the Dunedin Music Society, Head Spark Plug of the Concert University, and a Professional Artist Grantee of Creative Pinellas. You can find his concert schedule here, a sample of his compositions here, and listen to his podcast Classic Jabber here.

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