Brooklyn Youth Chorus is delighted to honor Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams for his exceptional commitment to cultural organizations and arts education in New York City. For the past three decades, he has served the residents of New York City as a police officer, a state senator, and a coalition builder. In November 2013, he was elected to represent all of Brooklyn as Borough President. Throughout his career, Borough President Adams has been an effective advocate for Brooklyn, bringing people and communities together to create progressive change and invigorate the borough’s economy by encouraging job growth and investment in every neighborhood. Born in Brownsville and educated in the City’s public school system, Borough President Adams is committed to ensuring Brooklyn’s bright future by helping all Brooklynites reach their full potential.
It is our pleasure to honor longtime artistic collaborator Paola Prestini. Named a “composer-impresario” by the New Yorker and a “Visionary-in-Chief” by TimeOut NY, Paola Prestini’s compositions have been deemed “radiant [and] amorously evocative” by The New York Times. In 1999, she co-founded VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary production company that has created over 100 multimedia productions worldwide. She was recently named Director of the Brooklyn-based new venue and nonprofit Original Music Workshop. Prestini composed Aging Magician, a new music-theatre work, which features the Chorus. Co-created by Paola Prestini, Julian Crouch, and Rinde Eckert, the work will premiere at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and tour nationally in 2016. Her other projects include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (for 21c Liederabend), The Kennedy Center, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, and the Krannert Center.