This year’s Gala celebrated our Off-Broadway production of Silent Voices: Lovestate, a show that focuses on the power of young people as they lift their collective voices in service of change.
About Brooklyn Youth Chorus
The Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a collective of young voices led by visionary Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker. The Chorus has performed or recorded with major world-class orchestras and artist such as the New York Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, The National, Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, Elton John, and Grizzly Bear. Recordings of the Chorus have been featured in major motion pictures, commercials, and live events, including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke for rag & bone’s Spring 2016 collection and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s OTR II World Tour.
Silent Voices: Lovestate, the third installment in the Silent Voices series, builds on the success of its earlier premieres at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, National Sawdust, and Prototype Festival, in a program including stand-out works from the earlier series and new premieres. In Lovestate, a dynamic roster of composers and artists collaborate with the choristers in confronting the challenges of division and categorization, racism, sexism, immigration, threats to our environment and our understanding of truth, as we seek to affirm our vision of a more inclusive and compassionate future—a world we can all look forward to.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
with International Contemporary Ensemble
Conceived and conducted by Dianne Berkun Menaker Directed by Kevin Newbury
Featured Composers: Olga Bell, David Lang, Nico Muhly, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Paola Prestini, Toshi Reagon, Caroline Shaw, Shaina Taub, and Bora Yoon
Choreography Melissa Mahon
Video Design S. Katy Tucker
Sound Design Garth MacAleavey
Set & Costume Design Zane Pihlström
Lighting Design Abigail Hoke-Brady
Dramaturgy Peter McCabe
Chorister Interviews Helga Davis
“One of the most socially aware artistic events in New York this year.” —WQXR