By Anthony Tommasini | June 11, 2015
By Justin Davidson | April 10, 2015
By Anthony Tommasini | November 21, 2014
“Black Mountain Songs,” an exhilarating 90-minute staged choral work with readings, videos, dancers and, at its core, the singing of the impressive Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The choral songs at the heart of this work are performed with confidence, energy and tenderness (and from memory) by the 50 skilled singers of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus...The sheer beauty of their singing was captivating...Ms. Berkun-Menaker is a remarkable choral director...The chorus excelled at sustaining the music’s intertwining melodic lines and pungent harmonies...It was heartening to see them basking in the standing ovation that “Black Mountain Songs” won from the audience that filled the theater."
By Anthony Tommasini | May 2, 2014
The excellent Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Dianne Berkun-Menaker, artistic director) sang the passages Britten wrote for boys’ chorus from on high, positioned in the upper balcony at Carnegie Hall, an aptly angelic effect.
By Anthony Tommasini | November 22, 2013
By Rebecca Lentjes | May 8, 2013
By Hannis Brown | May 3, 2013
By RIchard Oliver | April 14, 2013
By Harry Rolnick | May 19, 2012
By Allan Kozinn | September 22, 2011
By James Oestreich | February 27, 2011
By Robert Greskovic | December 16, 2010