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  • richardmitnick 12:43 PM on October 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From LPR: “New Amsterdam Presents- Nov 06 Brooklyn Youth Chorus Album Release – ‘Silent Voices'” 

    From LPR

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    Tue November 6th, 2018

    7:30PM

    Main Space

    Minimum Age: 18+

    Doors Open: 6:30PM

    Show Time: 7:30PM

    Event Ticket: $25 / $30

    Tickets

    Come celebrate the release of Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s new album Silent Voices

    Silent Voices includes works by Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon, Jeff Beal (“House of Cards”), Mary Kouyoumdjian, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Kamala Sankaram, and Paul Miller/DJ Spooky. The libretto includes passages from authors and thinkers including Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow; George Savile, Marquis of Halifax’s 17th century chapbook to his daughter, The Lady’s New-Year’s Gift; and Patricia Bell-Scott’s The Firebrand and the First Lady, drawing from letters between civil rights activist Pauli Murray and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

    The Silent Voices series launched in the Chorus’ 25th anniversary season with the world premiere at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House in May 2017. Silent Voices harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change, giving voice to those silenced or marginalized in our communities. The Chorus commissioned a diverse group of innovative artists to interpret rich historical narratives and personal stories in creating music that explores race and identity, gender and sexuality, inequity and social disparity—music that matters.

    Launched in connection with Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s 2016-17 WQXR artist residency, and bringing together an unusually wide range of artistic collaborators spanning musical genres and art forms, Silent Voices was conceived by Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker to engage the young singers artistically with the subjects and issues about which they are most passionate.

    Brooklyn Youth Chorus
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    Named WQXR New York’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 repertoire, Brooklyn Youth Chorus combines intensive voice training and music study with exceptional performance experiences. Our artistic excellence and achievement have made us the go-to chorus for leading New York orchestras, popular recording artists, and arts presenters.

    The Chorus’s trademarked Cross-Choral Training® method prepares singers with the skills and technique necessary to perform music from a variety of styles—classical to contemporary—traditional to commercial. With an emphasis on commissioning, the Chorus’s repertoire includes more than 100 original works and world premieres.

    Founded in 1992 by Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker, Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s after-school program encompasses over 600 students in multi-level training divisions and advanced performing ensembles. In addition, students can enroll in a full complement of enrichment classes, individual lessons and summer camp.

    All students perform in the Chorus’s annual concert series, and our advanced ensembles appear regularly at prestigious venues—from Carnegie Hall to the Barbican Theatre. Advanced singers also enjoy opportunities for touring and recording.

    See the full article here .


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    LPR prides itself in offering the highest quality eclectic programming, impeccable acoustics, and bold design. The state-of-the art performance space, engineered by the legendary John Storyk/WSDG, offers full flexibility in multiple configurations: seated, standing, in-the-round, and numerous alternative arrangements. The adjoining gallery space — The Gallery at LPR — functions as an art gallery, secondary bar, and event space. A work of art itself, the physical facilities are the embodiment of the experimental philosophy that drives the venue.

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  • richardmitnick 2:27 PM on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From New Amsterdam Records: “ANNOUNCING: Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s Silent Voices” 

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    “Among choral groups, Brooklyn Youth Chorus stands alone.”

    • Rebecca Milzoff, New York Magazine

    ANNOUNCING:

    Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s
    Silent Voices

    feat. International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) with works by Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian,
    Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky,
    Nico Muhly, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon,
    Kamala Sankaram, and Caroline Shaw

    out Oct. 26 — learn more and pre-order here
    Album Release Show

    Tuesday, Nov. 6 – 7:00pm
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    New York, NY

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    New Amsterdam Records is excited to announce the upcoming sophomore album from Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Silent Voices. Out Oct. 26, the album will be available in digital and CD formats and is now available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

    The album features a selection of works from the Chorus’s ongoing multimedia, multi-composer concert series of the same name, installments of which have been performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (May 2017), National Sawdust (April 2018) and PROTOTYPE Festival (Jan 2017). On the album, pieces from Jeff Beal (“House of Cards”), Ellis Ludwig-Leone (San Fermin), Mary Kouyoumdjian, Paul Miller/DJ Spooky, Nico Muhly, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon, Kamala Sankaram, and Caroline Shaw are performed by
    Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

    The Silent Voices project began during the Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s 25th anniversary season, born out of the desire to create music that was both topically relevant to its very own choristers, and to the time and place in which we all live. Silent Voices gives voice to those that have been silenced or marginalized, and harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change.

    The Chorus commissioned a diverse group of innovative artists to interpret rich historical narratives and personal stories creating individual works that explore race and identity, gender and sexuality, inequity and social disparity. The series began developing prior to the 2016 election when the political prospects looked very different.

    “After the election, the importance and interpretation of the work changed—just because people’s focus on these issues of racism, sexism, immigration, minorities, and climate change became much more personal,” explains Brooklyn Youth Chorus Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker.

    “All of a sudden the fear, and the divisiveness, and the categorization—who’s in and who belongs and who’s out—all had very different kinds of meanings. People were frightened, and young people were frightened. All young people are in some way also silent voices in society, because they’re so undervalued. But they in many ways are much more evolved in their thinking than many adults. This world is changing in the hands of young people, and it’s time for people to hear that.”

    The album’s libretto is drawn from personal narratives, interviews, and historical texts, including original writings by Claudia Rankine (Citizen), and passages from authors and thinkers including Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow; George Savile, Marquis of Halifax’s 17th century chapbook to his daughter, The Lady’s New-Year’s Gift; and Patricia Bell-Scott’s The Firebrand and the First Lady, which draws from letters between civil rights activist Pauli Murray and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Unifying this musically and topically broad work is the distinctively beautiful sound of the rigorously-trained singers—a chorus of culturally and socioeconomically diverse New York City young people, ages 12–18. This collection of songs and voices has empowered the young singers to use their voices to uplift others, creating music that truly matters.

    A selection of works featured on the Silent Voices album will be performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus and ICE at NYC’s (Le) Poisson Rouge on Nov. 6, which is, appropriately, Election Day—a day that brings opportunity for Americans to address the very issues the project explores. As Brooklyn Youth Chorus members are not yet able to vote, Silent Voices is an opportunity for their voices to be heard on this critical day.

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    Brooklyn Youth Chorus Credit: Kathryn Tornelli

    In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).

    See the full article here .


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  • richardmitnick 7:59 PM on April 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    5 Questions to Dianne Berkun Menaker (Founder and Artistic Director, Brooklyn Youth Chorus) via National Sawdust 

    National Sawdust

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    April 17, 2018
    Jarrett Goodchild

    Dianne Berkun Menaker is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Under her direction, she has helped the chorus become one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the country and has prepared the choir to perform with conductors like Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Robert Spano and many others. On April 27-28, the chorus will perform the second installment of their Silent Voices concert series at National Sawdust. Silent Voices: If You Listen includes music by Julia Adolphe, Olga Bell, Anna Clyne, Paola Prestini, Toshi Reagon, Shelley Washington, Bora Yoon, guest artist Shaina Taub. Other artists like the International Contemporary Ensemble, R. B. Schlather, video and projection designer S. Katy Tucker, and sound designer Garth MacAleavey are also involved on the project. We were able to ask her some questions about the choir and the Silent Voices series.

    What was the driving force for you to form the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and what do you think makes the chorus as successful as it is?

    I was first compelled to create the Chorus because of my own deep love for the distinctive sound of the young treble voice. Apart from developing that sound ideal, I have always believed strongly in the value of music literacy and technical training for children, and felt that voice was the best vehicle in that it is unique to each person–an expression of one’s individuality–and accessible to all. Finally, I wanted to create a program that was truly representative of our larger community (geographically and demographically), without boundaries or barriers to participation based on economics or background.

    I believe the Chorus has been successful for three primary reasons. First, because it is built upon the highest standards of excellence, in training, professionalism and performance. Next, because our programming is a reflection of the singers themselves–their strengths, diversity of ideas and perspectives–and the time and place in which we are performing. And finally, because of the spirit of collaboration between the singers, composers and artists we work with, allowing the young people to take part in the creation of the work as well as its performance.

    As the loud cry for diversity in concert music seems to be at a fever pitch, how do you hope Silent Voices will affect other ensembles and artist in American concert halls?

    I don’t believe diversity should be regarded as a programmatic theme but rather as a reflection of an artist or organization’s core values. As in all areas of our society, it matters whose voices, and whose stories are being heard, and that representation is as broad and far-reaching as possible–including women, people of color, the young, the old, etc. We need to hear their stories, their points of view, their poetry, their melodies, in all their creative forms, and expand the narrative.

    There are a multitude of reasons why there has been a lack of representation in concert programming, which makes it an even greater responsibility now to seek out those underrepresented voices. I hope Brooklyn Youth Chorus can serve as a model in this regard, putting forth some lesser known or heard composers and venturing from the well-worn programmatic pathways. For us, diversity includes the composers whose music is being performed, who is doing the performing, and the range of themes and ideas being expressed. Contemporary music programming has helped to make this possible because we can learn from the composers and artists directly and fill in the gaps in our own knowledge or experience. We can be coached in different musical styles, explore new vocal techniques, help shape the subject matter, and be free of fixed ideas, standards or judgement.

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    Dianne Berkun Menaker–Photo by Jill Steinberg

    How did the International Contemporary Ensemble become involved and what do you think they add to the project?

    Our first collaboration with ICE was for the project Hagoromo, composed by Nathan Davis, and featuring dancer Wendy Whelan. I was taken by their extraordinary musicianship and the expanded playing techniques of these remarkable players. Their personal investment in both the music and the collaborative nature of the performance shines through. The other important factor in our ongoing collaboration with ICE is their respect for, and investment in, working with our young people. These musicians are so open and generous, and truly appreciate the role they are playing in accompanying these young lives on their artistic journey.

    What do you hope the members of the choir get out of this experience? Also, what do you hope the audience takes away from the performance?

    For the choristers, I hope they come away with a deeper understanding of themselves as musicians, artists and human beings. I want them to understand that they have been given a fairly unusual platform to have their voices heard–literally and figuratively–and with that, comes both opportunity and responsibility. I want them to feel safe, encouraged, proud, and hopeful in expressing their thoughts and feelings and in allowing themselves to be vulnerable. I want them to be more open to new ideas and people–but to learn to listen to themselves, as well–to trust their own instincts.

    I hope audiences come away moved, in their own way, by the power of the music, the beauty of the voices, and the importance of the ideas expressed. I hope they discover a composer they didn’t know before and an appreciation for the artistry of these young singers. I hope the audience recognizes the importance of the voices and perspectives of young people in tackling the issues of our time. Finally, I hope we all discover that, if we listen, and have the courage to speak our minds, we can all be agents of change and a needed voice for those who have fallen silent.

    Even though this program is the second installment of the Silent Voices project, what makes this performance different? What do you hope the third installment will bring?

    The musical program for If You Listen is completely new, with seven of the eight concert works as world premieres, and all by women composers. All of the spoken word elements in this production are drawn directly from the students own writing and conversations in response to the current repertoire and themes. This is also our first collaboration with director R.B. Schlather and video designer Katy Tucker, who have taken advantage of the unique space at National Sawdust in creating a truly immersive experience for the audience.

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    With the premiere of Silent Voices last season, we endeavored to give voice to those individuals and groups, perhaps our own selves, who had been silenced or marginalized. With Silent Voices: If You Listen, we are amplifying those voices, gathering even greater momentum in exploring the issues, while also pointing the spotlight on women composers, often underrepresented in contemporary classical music. Next season, we will premiere Silent Voices: Lovestate, which will draw on highlights from the first two seasons and also include new premieres (Bryce Dessner, David Lang, Angelica Negron–to name a few), while we seek to affirm our vision for a more inclusive and compassionate future–a world we can all look forward to.

    See the full article here .

    National Sawdust, is an unparalleled, artist-led, nonprofit venue, is a place for exploration and discovery. A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike.

    In a city teeming with venues, National Sawdust is a singular space founded with an expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres a home in which they can flourish, a setting where they are given unprecedented support and critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work.

    As a composer, I believe the role of an artist in the 21st century should be that of creator, educator, activist, and entrepreneur. I believe that 21st-century composers/artists need to be thinking about what impact they can have on their existing community, both locally and globally. At NS we believe in remaining flexible and true to the needs of artists. Our core mission is centered on the support of emerging artists, and on commissioning and supporting the seeds of ideas. Each year, we explore one large theme and construct programming and questions around that theme. This year, that theme is Origins. With this season, we are channeling the National Sawdust mission—empowering high-level artistry, regardless of training, genre, or fame—through multicultural artists who tell their stories through their music. Ultimately, Origins is a radical sharing of culture. We hope this cultural storytelling of the highest caliber will help bring our divided country closer together.

    We also believe the future of new art lives in education. To us, education is about giving young people and community members opportunities and tools to explore their potential for artistic and creative expression. But it is also about ensuring that artists themselves never stop learning – about their craft, about the work of their peers, about the business of the arts, about their own capacities to be educators and advocates. NS facilitates this kind of learning by bringing together artists from around the world in exciting composition- based projects, teaching opportunities, cultural exchanges, and hands-on management experience. Through this cultural synthesis artists leave lasting impressions on one another, become more versatile and resilient professionals, and create works that reflect a plural understanding of American society.

    –Paola Prestini, co-founder & Artist Director

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    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
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