Benefiting Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s artistic and educational programs
Friday, May 12, 2017
5:30 pm Pre-Performance Reception
Gotham Market at the Ashland
590 Fulton Street (at Ashland Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
7:30 Silent Voices World Premiere
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
9 pm After-Party
BAM Lepercq Space
Join us in celebrating 25 years of music-making and hundreds of young lives transformed. Enjoy festive hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, the groundbreaking world premiere of Silent Voices, and an exclusive after-party with members of the artistic team.
rag & bone for their shared commitment to social justice and for generously dressing the Chorus for Silent Voices. Helga Davis for her stellar performing career, work with WQXR, New York, and her partnership with the Chorus, as the narrator and interlocutor of Silent Voices. Dick Yancey for his outstanding service on the Board of Trustees and his commitment to the Brooklyn community.
J. Barclay Collins II
About Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Named WQXR’s 2016-17 Artists-in-Residence and celebrating its 25th anniversary, BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles re-envisioning choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and their distinctively beautiful sound. With an incredibly versatile range and unique repertoire, Brooklyn Youth Chorus combines intensive vocal training and music study with exceptional performances. Collaborators include the New York Philharmonic, Thom Yorke, Barbra Streisand, and Kronos Quartet. Our students learn the value of hard work and self-discipline, and develop the ability to express themselves as individuals and members of a peer group. The Chorus encompasses over 650 students in its core after-school and public school outreach programs. Classes take place at our Cobble Hill headquarters and locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, East Flatbush, and Red Hook, Brooklyn. 40% of students receive financial aid through our growing scholarship program, which enables hundreds of children to discover and develop their talent, sense of self, and true potential.
Silent Voices celebrates Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s 25 years of commitment to the egalitarian and the experimental, and harnesses the power of our young people to be instruments of change.The Chorus has commissioned a diverse group of innovative artists to interpret rich historical narratives and personal stories to create music that explores race and identity, inequity and social disparity.
Produced and Performed by: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Created by: Dianne Berkun Menaker
Directed by: Kristin Marting Featured Composers: Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Rhiannon Giddens, Alicia Hall Moran, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Nico Muhly, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon, Ellen Reid, Kamala Sankaram, Caroline Shaw, and DJ Spooky.
Host: Helga Davis Writer: Hilton Als Additional Writers: Michelle Alexander, Samad Behrangi, Pauli Murray, Claudia Rankine, Patricia Bell-Scott Scenic and Video Design by: Peter Nigrini Lighting Design by: Jeanette Yew Costume Design by: Kate Fry Sound Engineer: Garth MacAleavey Dramaturg: Peter McCabe