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Dan Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code, has a new credential on his already-singular resume: composer of the orchestral music from Wild Symphony, his new illustrated children’s book released on September 1, 2020 by Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.
Wild Symphony, Brown’s first work for orchestra, features twenty-one musical portraits drawn from the animal kingdom. From the joyous rhythms of “Bouncing Kangaroo” to the mysterious melodies of “Wondrous Whale” to the hair-raising harmonies of “Brilliant Bat,” Wild Symphony is a very wild symphony indeed.
The world premiere will be performed by the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Miran Vaupotić, who also conducted the recording of Wild Symphony with the Zagreb Festival Orchestra. For those in attendance, the hall will be kept safe with Wild Symphony-decorated face masks, socially-distant seating with stuffed animals taking up seats between parties, and more. The performance will also be streamed on Dan Brown’s official Facebook page, and will be free for all viewers to tune in and enjoy.
Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the bestselling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 56 languages around the world with over 200 million copies in print.
In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, whose editors credited him with “keeping the publishing industry afloat; renewed interest in Leonardo da Vinci and early Christian history; spiking tourism to Paris and Rome; a growing membership in secret societies; the ire of Cardinals in Rome; eight books denying the claims of the novel and seven guides to read along with it; a flood of historical thrillers; and a major motion picture franchise.”
The son of a mathematics teacher and a church organist, Brown was raised on a prep school campus where he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion. These themes eventually formed the backdrop for his books. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he later returned to teach English before focusing his attention full time to writing. He lives in New England with his yellow lab Winston.
The Zagreb Philharmonic is an orchestra boasting a 149-year tradition of distinguished performing in Zagreb and Croatia. It has been a promoter of the art of music across Croatia as well as the country’s cultural ambassador in the world. As one of the trademarks of the city it operates in, the music institution that boasts a long and notable tradition embodies the image of Zagreb as a Central European urban center of music, art and culture.
“Dynamic and knowledgeable” Croatian conductor Miran Vaupotić has built a dazzling career in Europe and far beyond, working extensively with the top symphony orchestras and ensembles around the world. From concert halls to recording sessions, Vaupotić’s passion and experience has led musicians of all backgrounds to resounding success.
October 9, 2020
Croatian National Theater
Trg Republike Hrvatske 15
Where to Watch
The performance will be streamed on Dan Brown’s official Facebook page.