Ecstatic Music Festival, Merkin Concert Hall
Silent Voices: Lovestate, the third installment in the Silent Voices series, features stand-out works from the earlier series and new premieres.
Review on Silent Voices Album
“The truth of Silent Voices is that the Brooklyn Youth Chorus displays tremendous musicianship, stylistic sensitivity, and vocal flexibility while powerfully demanding that listeners confront hard truths about racism, gender roles and discrimination, ageism, the social responsibilities of politics, and displaced populations. Period.”I Care If You Listen Read The Review +
I Care If You Listen on Silent Voices: If You Listen
"Their powerful, moving spoken words glided seamlessly into song as they launched into a beautiful array of choral compositions. It was evident that the Brooklyn Youth Chorus thoroughly enjoyed the performance, particularly Shaina Taub’s stunning Huddled Masses (for which they were joined by Taub on the piano) and Shelley Washington’s The Farthest, a lively and sonically wide-ranging meditation on striving for change and for equity."I Care if You Listen Read The Review +
Black Mountain Songs The Album
"Black Mountain Songs earned a rave review in the Times—and when you hear the astonishingly secure performance of the young singers, who have been tasked with executing some formidably complex choral textures, you immediately understand why."The New Yorker Read The Review +
"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 Read The Review +
"What a lot of people don’t realize is that there is an entrepreneur behind the Brooklyn Youth Chorus: Dianne Berkun Menaker, a former music teacher who founded the 600-member choir in 1992."
Silent Voices composer Toshi Reagon discusses her work "Brooklyn Bound" in WQXR's Q2 Music short documentary "Holding Gentrification."
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