Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ latest project, Silent Voices, harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change, giving voice to those who have been silenced or marginalized by social, cultural or religious circumstances. The Chorus has commissioned a diverse group of innovative artists to interpret rich historical narratives and personal stories and create music that explores race and identity, inequity and social disparity—music that matters. Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ Founding Artistic Director, Dianne Berkun Menaker, conceived of the project and is co-curating it with director Kristin Marting.
A year-long series of performances, Silent Voices culminates in a world premiere in May 2017, the centerpiece of Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ 25th anniversary season. Other commissioned composers include Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Kamala Sankaram, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Ellen Reid, Alicia Hall Moran, and Rhiannon Giddens.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus presents Silent Voices in conjunction with its year-long artist residency with WQXR/WNYC. This concert explores gender, sexuality and age, with commissioned works by Ellen Reid, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Kamala Sankaram, Ellis Ludwig-Leone and Max Posner, and Jeff Beal.
Produced and Performed by: The Brooklyn Youth Chorus Conceived by: Dianne Berkun Menaker Curated by: Dianne Berkun Menaker and Kristin Marting Music Director and Conductor: Dianne Berkun Menaker Director: Kristin Marting Featured Composers: Ellen Reid, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Kamala Sankaram, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, and Jeff Beal Writer: Hilton Als Additional Writers: Michelle Alexander, Samad Behrangi, Pauli Murray, and Max Posner Scenic and Video Designer: Peter Nigrini Lighting Designer: Jeanette Yew Costume Designer: Kate Fry Host: Helga Davis Executive Producer: Elise Bernhardt Producer: Nunally Kersh Production Manager: Robert Henderson
At National Sawdust
Silent Voices is a co-commission of Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and WQXR.
Silent Voices is generously supported by Aaron Copland Fund for Music; Amphion Foundation; Charles J. and Irene F. Hamm; Howard Gilman Foundation; the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; New Music USA; NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; The BMI Foundation; and The MAP Fund. Special thanks to Marcus Wainwright and rag & bone for supporting the project by dressing the Chorus. The visual identity for Silent Voices was generously donated by Carbone Smolan Agency.