Music Reviews

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.

Saturday at MusicNOW: Diverse sounds overflow at Memorial Hall

Cincinnati.com - Saturday at MusicNOW: Diverse sounds overflow at Memorial Hall
By RIchard Oliver | April 14, 2013
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Brooklyn Youth Chorus at the 2013 MusicNOW Festival.

George Crumb’s Star Child

ConcertoNet -
By Harry Rolnick | May 19, 2012
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ConcertoNet reviews George Crumb's Star Child with the American Symphony Orchestra

Kronos Quartet’s Awakening

The New York Times -
By Allan Kozinn | September 22, 2011
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Review of a performance with Kronos Quartet.

Mahler’s 3rd Symphony

The New York Times -
By James Oestreich | February 27, 2011
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Review with the London Symphony Orchestra's performance of Mahler's 3rd Symphony.

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker/Hard Nut

The Wall Street Journal - A Suite That Cracks the Tchaikovsky Code
By Robert Greskovic | December 16, 2010
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Reviews for the Hard Nut, featured at the BAM Next Wave Festival.

Mahler’s 8th Symphony

ConcertoNet -
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Review of Mahler's 8th Symphony with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra