By David Wright | April 9, 2017
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.
By Anthony Tommasini | March 9, 2017
Reviews from the New York Times and Time Out New York
By Russell Platt | March 24, 2017
Reviews and previews from the Black Mountain Songs album
By Eric C. Simpson | March 14, 2016
[Tamara Mumford] sang with a smoldering focus in the following movement, providing a stark contrast to the bright clarity of the cries of “Bimm! Bamm!” from the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
By Alex Ross | June 27, 2016
The text of Mary Kouyoumdjian’s “Become Who I Am” was based on interviews with members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who offered thoughts on gender roles and gender inequality as well as on the importance of music in their lives. “I want to become who I am,” they sang, and the urgency of the sound seemed the fulfillment of the wish.
By Alastair MacAulay | November 4, 2015
The 20-voice Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the solo singers — Ms. Karolyi (contralto) and Peter Tantsits (tenor) — and five International Contemporary Ensemble instrumentalists all build pressure, layer on layer.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet opened the new St. Ann's Warehouse.
A glowing review from New York Music Daily
By Anthony Tommasini | June 11, 2015
Reviews of the celebrated staged production's U.S. premiere featuring Academy Award winning actress Marion Cotillard, the New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and New York Choral Artists.
By Justin Davidson | April 10, 2015
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus sings with unflinching energy and polish in a variety of languages — including, of course, Elvish and Sindarin.
By Anthony Tommasini | November 21, 2014
“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 Chorus...The sheer beauty of their singing was captivating...Ms. Berkun-Menaker is a remarkable choral director...The chorus excelled at sustaining the music’s intertwining melodic lines and pungent harmonies...It was heartening to see them basking in the standing ovation that “Black Mountain Songs” won from the audience that filled the theater."
By Anthony Tommasini | May 2, 2014
The excellent Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Dianne Berkun-Menaker, artistic director) sang the passages Britten wrote for boys’ chorus from on high, positioned in the upper balcony at Carnegie Hall, an aptly angelic effect.
By Anthony Tommasini | November 22, 2013
"The performance from the inspired orchestra, the New York Choral Artists and the impressive Brooklyn Youth Chorus was a highlight of the Britten year."
By Rebecca Lentjes | May 8, 2013
It was hard to believe the performers producing this difficult, mature-sounding music were so young.
By Hannis Brown | May 3, 2013
Brooklyn Youth Chorus featured at BAM's 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival.