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Review of Black Mountain Songs at BAM

Black Mountain Songs,” an exhilarating 90-minute staged choral work with readings, videos, dancers and, at its core, the singing of the impressive Brooklyn Youth Chorus … The choral songs at the heart of this work are performed with confidence, energy and tenderness (and from memory) by the 50 skilled singers of the Brooklyn Youth ChorusThe sheer beauty of their singing was captivating … Ms. Berkun-Menaker is a remarkable choral director … It was heartening to see them basking in the standing ovation that “Black Mountain Songs” won from the audience that filled the theater.” —The New York Times, November 2014

Joan of Arc at the Stake with Marion Cotillard and the New York Philharmonic

“The members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Dianne Berkun-Menaker, director), models as always of musical and dramatic confidence, appear as sheep, little beasts, they’re called, to cheer on the trial.” —The New York Times, June 2015

Feature of the Chorus

“Among New York’s choral groups, Brooklyn Youth Chorus stands alone.” —New York Magazine, May 2009

Review of The Lord of the Rings Live in Concert at the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus sings with unflinching energy and polish in a variety of languages — including, of course, Elvish and Sindarin.” —New York Magazine’s Vulture, April 2015

Feature of the Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus is as fine as it gets, in demand with the greatest orchestras and the most important composers.” —Brooklyn Rail, November 2012

More Press Features

New Amsterdam Records to release Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ debut album, Black Mountain Songs, March 31

February 14, 2017

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New Amsterdam Records is proud to announce the release of Black Mountain Songs, the debut album from the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, out March 31.

Concert Ensemble performs Ellis Ludwig-Leone and Max Posner’s Envelopes

December 5, 2016

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs Envelopes from 67 by Ellis Ludwig-Leone and Max Posner.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus named WQXR Artists-in-Residence

October 10, 2016

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WQXR, New York’s only all-classical radio station, has selected Brooklyn Youth Chorus as its Artists-in-Residence for the 2016-17 season.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus on PBS Kids

November 20, 2015

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus appears in the promo of Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas, airing on PBS Kids. See the commercial on TV and in movie theaters near you.

Splash at New York Fashion Week

September 16, 2015

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The Spring/Summer collection for rag & bone was unveiled at the new St. Ann's Warehouse Monday night. Thom Yorke of Radiohead provided a haunting, ethereal track that members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus sang during the show. Fashion and music critics from Vogue, The New York Times, Women's Wear Daily, to the Washington Post praised the Chorus for their beautiful sound.

“The Future Maestros of Brooklyn”

By Rebecca Bratburd | May 22, 2015

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The Brooklyn Youth Chorus gala offered a sneak peek into a work four years in the making.

Crowds gather at the Air and Space Museum to hear Men’s Ensemble

March 30, 2015

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The Men's Ensemble toured to Washington, DC to perform at the US Capitol building before members of Congress and the public.

Men’s Ensemble brings down the house with “Empire State of Mind”

February 20, 2015

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Hear the enthusiastic response from students at Brooklyn's IS 285, Meyer Levin School for the Performing Arts as Brooklyn Youth Chorus Men's Ensemble performed Alicia Key's hit song "Empire State of Mind," arranged by Curtis Moore. Also, hear from senior Raheim Williams as he shares with the students of IS 285, and his alma mater, about what Brooklyn Youth Chorus has meant to him.

Black Mountain Songs in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

November 22, 2014

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Black Mountain Songs, commissioned and produced by BAM and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and curated by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry—eight composers, Dessner, Parry, Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Jherek Bischoff, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, and Tim Hecker, collaborate with filmmaker Matt Wolf (Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell) to create an expansive choral and visual work that celebrates and rekindles Black Mountain’s utopian spirit.

Q2’s Meet the Composer Podcast features Brooklyn Youth Chorus with Caroline Shaw

October 14, 2014

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus is featured on Q2's podcast Meet the Composer, with Black Mountain Songs composer Caroline Shaw. Hear Dianne and Caroline talk about "Its Motion Keeps."

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Appoints Elise Bernhardt Executive Director

September 23, 2014

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Bernhardt Comes to Unique and Growing Arts Organization After Leading the Foundation for Jewish Culture, The Kitchen, and Dancing in the Streets.

BYC sings with Glen Hansard on Letterman

August 14, 2014

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus appeared live on the Late Show with David Letterman backing up Academy Award®-winning rock sensation Glen Hansard.

The 2014 Online Auction Is Now Live!

May 13, 2014

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The online auction runs from May 8 through May 18, 2014, and will be followed by a silent and live auction at the 2014 Brooklyn Youth Chorus Spring Gala on May 20th.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus in Bloom!

April 21, 2014

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus burst into spring with back-to-back rave reviews from The New York Times for its collaborative performances with sax legend Colin Stetson at the Ecstatic Music Festival and with Kronos Quartet at their 40th Anniversary Concert. Praised as “a consistently bold organization,” with an “unusually broad stylistic range” and singers that are “wonderfully talented children,” Brooklyn Youth Chorus didn’t wait for the weather to catch up before taking off on the wings of spring.

Ecstatic Music Festival Collaboration with Colin Stetson gets ‘bold’ New York Times Review

March 25, 2014

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In the spirit of adventurous collaboration on which the Ecstatic Music Festival was created, Brooklyn Youth Chorus joined artists Colin Stetson (Bon Iver and Arcade Fire) and Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire) to premiere new works composed by Stetson for the chorus as well as arrangements by both artists of existing pieces...