Brooklyn Duo

SPONSORED BY THE J.M. MARSDEN FAMILY FOUNDATION

Program

Original covers of pop songs & traditional music, to be announced from the stage.

“Brooklyn Duo are masters of the artfully planned pop cover” – Classic FM

“They bridge the space between crossover music and classical repertoire with Brooklyn Classical… The resulting interplay between the two projects is such that listeners might start out listening to Sia, and stumble upon a Smetana.” – WQXR

Brooklyn Duo

Founded in 2014, Brooklyn Duo has quickly established itself as one of today’s most successful classical crossover ensembles. Through its creative arrangements and live video performances, the piano and cello duo has garnered a huge following, with over 500,000 YouTube subscribers, and over 150 million streams annually on platforms such as Spotify and Pandora Radio. In 2016, the couple started a second YouTube channel, Brooklyn Classical, with the goal of introducing classical music to a larger audience.

Members Marnie and Patrick Laird met while attending the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine in 2006 and were married in 2012. Both worked as professional musicians after graduating from the Juilliard and Eastman schools of music, respectively; Patrick as a founding member of cello rock band, Break of Reality, and Marnie as principal pianist of the New World Symphony in Miami.

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