Silent Voices: Lovestate, The New Victory Theater
New Amsterdam Records will release the sophomore album from Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, titled Silent Voices, on Friday, October 26.
The album features a selection of works from the premiere season of the Chorus’s ongoing multimedia, multi-composer concert series of the same name, which has been performed at BAM, National Sawdust, and the PROTOTYPE Festival.
"Since its founding 25 years ago by its indefatigable artistic director, Dianne Berkun Menaker, it has given voice to children and young adults from a wide range of backgrounds. Musically, too, it fosters diversity with a targeted training program that teaches choristers to sing in a variety of styles and sounds. Typical members of the chorus’s professional-level concert ensemble know how to shade their voices to sound idiomatically pop, classical or gospel. [of Caroline Shaw's 'So Quietly']...Using novel vocal techniques, including sharp, rhythmic breathwork, the music...(also demonstrated the enormous versatility and polish of these young singers.)”The New York Times Read The Review +
"Right out of the gate, in Shaw’s “so quietly,” the seven-stage musicianship program required for the BYC singers paid off as they conquered extremely complex rhythms with accuracy, not to mention perfect intonation. Even the microtonal slides and widely changing vocal timbres – including audible breathing – typical of Shaw were child’s play to these teens."...“Everybody’s been really transformed.” She was referring to the choristers who created Silent Voices. But it was true of the audience who heard the piece as well.”Classical Voice North America Read The Review +
James MacMillan's St. Luke Passion
"The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, prepared by its artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker, proved equal to its prominent role and then some. By the choice of a children’s choir, MacMillan evidently intended to give Christ’s words an otherworldly sheen, and this chorus delivered with pure unisons, finely tuned polyphony and secure high entrances, and gave its elders some lessons in diction as well."New York Classical Review Read The Review +
Black Mountain Songs The Album
"Black Mountain Songs earned a rave review in the Times—and when you hear the astonishingly secure performance of the young singers, who have been tasked with executing some formidably complex choral textures, you immediately understand why."The New Yorker Read The Review +
It has been a milestone year for us at Brooklyn Youth Chorus. We released our first album, were Artists-in-Residence at WQXR, had our Broadway debut and realized an impactful evening-length work, Silent Voices, on the BAM Opera House stage. In this video, we interview current students and alumni, New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, and our own Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker to show you what Brooklyn Youth Chorus is all about.Read More +
Silent Voices composer Toshi Reagon discusses her work "Brooklyn Bound" in WQXR's Q2 Music short documentary "Holding Gentrification."
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