Fifth Stream Music actively seeks out opportunities to develop new works for the Asian American Orchestra and in collaboration with other artists and ensembles.
Anthony Brown has been composing music for over thirty years. His first formal commission was awarded in 1983 by the San Francisco Chamber Music Society to compose an extended work for jazz quartet and string trio, and he has gone on to earn successive commissions from organizations such as the Asian Heritage Council (1995) and the Guggenheim Foundation (2003) for works that are now part of the Orchestra's standard repertoire. Among these is the Rockefeller Foundation-funded E. O. 9066: Truth Be Told (1996), from which “Rhymes (For Children)” became the theme music for KQED's “Pacific Time,” a Public Radio International (PRI) syndicated weekly newsmagazine broadcast. His documentary credits include soundtracks for The Worlds of Bernice Bing (2013), Don’t Lose Your Soul: The Music of Anthony Brown and Mark Izu (2012), A Divided Community (2011), and the critically acclaimed, Witness To Hiroshima (2009).
Recent dance collaborations include He Moved Swiftly . . . (2013) with Dancers' Group, Between Me and the Other World (2012) with Zaccho Dance Theater, and Cross Currents (2007) with Dimensions Dance Theater, supported by the Creative Work Fund for which Dr. Brown received an Isadora Duncan Award in Music nomination. Theater commissions include the scores for San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater's world premiere production of Philip Gotanda's After the War (2007), and Cherylene Lee’s world premiere of The Legacy Codes (2003) for Theatre Works in Palo Alto, CA.