"Everything will pass, and the world will perish
but the Ninth Symphony will remain."
- Mikhail Bakunin
The Black Rock Philharmonic (BRP) is group of amateur and professional musicians from different camps that perform classical music and more to the growing Burning Man community.
Something new and rewarding on the Playa usually comes from something old and classic. BRP musically full-fills that experience and is happy to share it with fellow Burners. Providing the Burning Man community with inspiring, relaxing, and memorable concerts. Unique from the electronic, amplified, bass thumping that is common on the Playa today.
How We Work
The Black Rock Philharmonic is a dynamic, self-governing ensemble with a major cultural presence in Burning Man community. We present music upending the traditional hierarchy of the classical orchestra. Through a collaborative model, we provide inspiring concerts of music both old and new.
2018 was our first official year. Many of us have performed in various bands, performances, groups since the beginnings of Burning Man. A group of us decided recently to go forth and present a different take on live classical music on the Playa. And renamed our effort, Black Rock Philharmonic.
"We are all notes in this beautiful concert of existence."
- Mozart in the Jungle
Ceren Turkmenler – Co-Founder, Managing Director
Roger Wu – Co -Founder, Logistics Director
Carlyle Dusty BoB – Co-Founder, Media & Branding
Alyce Bertz – Concertmaster, Music Director
On-Playa Master Sound Engineers
BRP Kids Concert Cordinator
On-Playa Stage Managers
Organizational Major Domo
Transport and Logistics
The Amazing Frozen Oasis Team and Camp
Contact (at) BlackRockPhilharmonic (dot) org