WQXR, New York’s only all-classical radio station, has selected Brooklyn Youth Chorus as its Artists-in-Residence for the 2016-17 season.
The WQXR Artist-in-Residence program supports the creative process of an artist or ensemble over the course of a year and provides audiences with exclusive access to original material – from live performances and broadcasts, to artist interviews and editorial features.
The centerpiece of the Chorus’ residency is Silent Voices, an ambitious multimedia, multi-composer series commissioned by the Chorus, WQXR and BAM. The work is conceived by Brooklyn Youth Chorus Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker; produced and performed by the Chorus; directed by Kristin Marting; and features music by Jeff Beal (“House of Cards”), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Alicia Hall Moran, Ellis Ludwig-Leone (San Fermin), Nico Muhly, Toshi Reagon, Caroline Shaw and others, and writing by Hilton Als (The New Yorker) and Claudia Rankine (Citizen). The project addresses social issues including power and privilege, gender roles and stereotyping, systemic racism, and economic inequity.
Q2 Music – WQXR’s online music channel dedicated to musical discovery and living composers – will document the creative process of the composers and choristers through online audio and video features over the course of the residency. In addition, Q2 Music will stream all Silent Voices concerts, including off-site performances with National Sawdust, FIAF, and BAM. The audio from each concert will be recorded for on-demand streaming at q2music.org throughout the season.