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Corrick Brown - Conductor Emeritus

Corrick Brown is the real thing: a conductor who leads, a musician who inspires,” said Los Angeles Times critic Daniel Carriaga after Brown’s debut in the L.A. Music Center. After 38 years as the second music director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, a distinguished career that included conducting most of the works of Mahler, Bruckner and Stravinsky, Corrick Brown chose a partial retirement as Conductor Laureate in 1995. He is currently Conductor Emeritus, and will celebrate 50 years with the Santa Rosa Symphony in February 2007.

Along with conducting a set of concerts each season, Brown is fund-raising co-chair with Donald Green for the Green Music Center. The projected new hall is a re-interpretation of Tanglewood’s outstanding Ozawa Hall, itself modeled on Vienna’s world-famous Muzikverein. This truly remarkable hall will be the future home of the Santa Rosa Symphony.

After graduating from Stanford University, he did graduate work at the University of California, studying with Manfred Bukhofzer, Roger Sessions and the Griller Quartet. At the Vienna Academy, he worked with Hans Swarowsky, in the class with such luminaries as Zubin Mehta and Claudio Abbado. Later he continued his studies with Dr. Richard Lert, the former conductor of the Berlin Opera.

Brown has guest conducted orchestras in California, Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy and Turkey. His performance of MacDowell and Ives and the Brahms Second Symphony in Baden-Baden in 1991 brought the following from the German critics: “Joy in music he not only conveyed to his musicians, but also to the audience who thanked him with sustained applause.” --Bad Tagblatt

Following Germany, Brown traveled to Moscow and conducted a concert and broadcast of the Moscow Radio and Television Orchestra in the magnificent Hall of Columns. The program was a tribute (the first in Moscow for a living American Composer) to his friend, composer Kirke Mechem.

Like many musicians, Corrick is a duplicate bridge “addict,” mixing that with tennis, travel and an occasional four-hand concert with his pianist wife, Norma, or conducting a Haydn Mass with friends or an orchestral concert at the Bohemian Grove!

Banner photo by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography

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