Silent Voices II builds on the success of its first installation, a year-long series produced in connection with the Chorus’s 2016-17 WQXR artist residency and culminating in the May 2017 world premiere at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Brooklyn Youth Chorus continues its partnership with WQXR in presenting Silent Voices II, giving voice to those silenced or marginalized and empowering young people to be instruments of change. Featured composers include Paola Prestini, Du Yun, Bora Yoon, Julia Adolphe, Anna Cline, Shelley Washington and ToshiReagon.
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Watch tracks from the world premiere production of Silent Voices at BAM
Documentary of Toshi Reagon’s “Brooklyn Bound”
Documentary of Kamala Sankaram’s “Keeping the Look Loose”
Other Silent Voices compositions
Promotional trailer for the Silent Voices world premiere
“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
“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 America