Music Reviews

NY Choral Society and Brooklyn Youth Chorus give A Strong Local Premiere

New York Classical Review - NY Choral Society gives MacMillan’s “St. Luke Passion” a strong local premiere
By David Wright | April 9, 2017
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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.

Aging Magician at the New Victory Theater

The New York Times - Review: ‘Aging Magician,’ a Fable Complete With Complexities
By Anthony Tommasini | March 9, 2017
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Reviews from the New York Times and Time Out New York

Black Mountain Songs Album

The New Yorker - Two New Choral Recordings
By Russell Platt | March 24, 2017
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Reviews and previews from the Black Mountain Songs album

Mahler Symphony 3 with Los Angeles Philharmonic

New York Classical Review - Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a masterful Mahler 3
By Eric C. Simpson | March 14, 2016
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[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.

NY Phil Biennial

The New Yorker - Map of the New
By Alex Ross | June 27, 2016
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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.

Hagoromo at the 2015 BAM Next Wave Festival

- Review: ‘Hagoromo’ Offers More Than Dance at BAM Harvey Theater
By Alastair MacAulay | November 4, 2015
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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 at the new St. Ann’s Warehouse

New York Music Daily - Powerful, Provocative and Playful Performances at the Opening of the New St. Ann’s Warehouse
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Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet opened the new St. Ann's Warehouse.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Friends at National Sawdust

New York Music Daily - The Brooklyn Youth Chorus Soar Through an Ambitious, State-of-the-Art Program at National Sawdust
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A glowing review from New York Music Daily

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

The New York Times - Review: In ‘Joan of Arc at the Stake,’ Beasts With Burden of Judging
By Anthony Tommasini | June 11, 2015
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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.

Millennials Come Out for Howard Shore’s Thrilling Lord of the Rings in Concert

New York Magazine's Vulture - Millennials Come Out for Howard Shore’s Thrilling Lord of the Rings in Concert
By Justin Davidson | April 10, 2015
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The Brooklyn Youth Chorus sings with unflinching energy and polish in a variety of languages — including, of course, Elvish and Sindarin.

Black Mountain Songs

The New York Times - A Youthful Tribute to a Fallen Friend of Art
By Anthony Tommasini | November 21, 2014
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“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."

BRITTEN War Requiem 2014

The New York Times - War Requiem’ by Britten, With an Angelic Touch
By Anthony Tommasini | May 2, 2014
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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.

Britten’s ‘Spring Symphony’ with the NY Philharmonic

The New York Times - New York Philharmonic Presents a Britten Program
By Anthony Tommasini | November 22, 2013
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"The performance from the inspired orchestra, the New York Choral Artists and the impressive Brooklyn Youth Chorus was a highlight of the Britten year."

2013 Benefit Concert at Roulette Theater

Bachtrack.com - 2013 Benefit Concert at Roulette Theater
By Rebecca Lentjes | May 8, 2013
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It was hard to believe the performers producing this difficult, mature-sounding music were so young.

Summing up Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Q2 Music - Summing up Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
By Hannis Brown | May 3, 2013
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Brooklyn Youth Chorus featured at BAM's 2013 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival.