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2015 Spring Gala

Monday, May 18, 2015

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Please join us at the 2015 Brooklyn Youth Chorus Spring Gala to celebrate 23 years of innovative music making and thousands of young lives changed.

Monday, May 18, 2015, 6:30 pm

26 Bridge Street in DUMBO

Benefiting Brooklyn Youth Chorus educational and artistic programs


Community Honoree: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
Artistic Honoree: Composer Paola Prestini


Gala Co-Chairs: Martha Eckfeldt, Brooke Joslyn, and Alexandra Partow
Gala Corporate Chair: Ryan Martin

Board Chair: Jennifer Sage
Vice Chair: Marie DeRosa

For advance ticket sales, please call Marie-Laure Kugel at 718.243.9447 ext. 226 or email

Brooklyn Youth Chorus is delighted to honor Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams for his exceptional commitment to cultural organizations and arts education in New York City. For the past three decades, he has served the residents of New York City as a police officer, a state senator, and a coalition builder. In November 2013, he was elected to represent all of Brooklyn as Borough President. Throughout his career, Borough President Adams has been an effective advocate for Brooklyn, bringing people and communities together to create progressive change and invigorate the borough’s economy by encouraging job growth and investment in every neighborhood. Born in Brownsville and educated in the City’s public school system, Borough President Adams is committed to ensuring Brooklyn’s bright future by helping all Brooklynites reach their full potential.

It is our pleasure to honor longtime artistic collaborator Paola Prestini. Named a “composer-impresario” by the New Yorker and a “Visionary-in-Chief” by TimeOut NY, Paola Prestini’s compositions have been deemed “radiant [and] amorously evocative” by The New York Times. In 1999, she co-founded VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary production company that has created over 100 multimedia productions worldwide. She was recently named Director of the Brooklyn-based new venue and nonprofit Original Music Workshop. Prestini composed Aging Magician, a new music-theatre work, which features the Chorus. Co-created by Paola Prestini, Julian Crouch, and Rinde Eckert, the work will premiere at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and tour nationally in 2016. Her other projects include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (for 21c Liederabend), The Kennedy Center, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, and the Krannert Center.