Brian Raphael Nabors
Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Berkeley Symphony, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, ROCO, and Seattle Symphony are proud to co-commission composer Brian Raphael Nabors.
Co-commissioners: Berkeley Symphony (lead), Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, ROCO, and Seattle Symphony
- October 16, 2022 – Brian Raphael Nabors’s Upon Daybreak, Berkeley Symphony (world premiere) – Berkeley, CA*
- February 18, 2023 – Brian Raphael Nabors’s Upon Daybreak, ROCO – Houston, TX
- April 27-29, 2023 – Brian Raphael Nabors’s Upon Daybreak, Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Detroit, MI
*This performance will feature a special pre-concert talk moderated by Vanessa Reed, New Music USA President and CEO
About Nabors’s commissioned piece:
Upon Daybreak is inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou’s poem “A Brave, Startling Truth.”
Nabors says, “I am overjoyed to be a part of the Amplifying Voices program for so many reasons. This program is groundbreaking through its promise of a continued influx of impactful music from a multitude of perspectives. My colleagues and I are so very fortunate to be a part of a movement that will bring us closer to Maya Angelou’s vision of a future of peace and acceptance for all people.”
Brian Raphael Nabors, originally of Birmingham, AL, is a composer of emotionally enriching music that tells exciting narratives with its vibrant themes and colorful harmonic language. Nabors draws from combinations of Jazz Funk, R&B, and Gospel. His music has been performed by the Cincinnati, Atlanta, Nashville, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, as well as ROCO. Nabors is also a 2020 Fulbright scholarship recipient to Sydney, Australia, studying with composer Carl Vine at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He earned both a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.