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Silent Voices Brooklyn Youth Chorus

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First Look Presentation / Multi-Media Concert

Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ latest project, Silent Voices, harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change, giving voice to those who have been silenced or marginalized by social, cultural or religious circumstances. The Chorus has commissioned a diverse group of innovative artists to interpret rich historical narratives and personal stories and create music that explores race and identity, inequity and social disparity—music that matters. Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ Founding Artistic Director, Dianne Berkun Menaker, conceived of the project and is co-curating it with director Kristin Marting.

This PROTOTYPE/FIAF concert will focus on the voices of African-American and immigrant men and women in America today, with commissioned music by Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Toshi Reagon and DJ Spooky and texts by Hilton Als, Michelle Alexander, Samad Behrangi, and Pauli Murray. Helga Davis hosts.

A year-long series of performances, Silent Voices culminates in a world premiere in May 2017, the centerpiece of Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ 25th anniversary season. Other commissioned composers include Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Kamala Sankaram and Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Ellen Reid, Alicia Hall Moran, and Rhiannon Giddens.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus presents Silent Voices in conjunction with its year-long artist residency with WQXR/WNYC.

Silent Voices is a part of our fifth annual PROTOTYPE Festival, co-produced with Beth Morrison Projects. For more information on the artists, works and events in this year's festival please visit the PROTOTYPE website.


Produced and Performed by: The Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Conceived by: Dianne Berkun Menaker

Curated by: Dianne Berkun Menaker and Kristin Marting

Music Director and Conductor: Dianne Berkun Menaker

Director: Kristin Marting

Featured Composers: Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Toshi Reagon, and DJ Spooky

Writer: Hilton Als

Additional Writers: Michelle Alexander, Samad Behrangi, Pauli Murray

Scenic and Video Designer: Peter Nigrini

Lighting Designer: Jeanette Yew

Costume Designer: Kate Fry

Host: Helga Davis

Executive Producer: Elise Bernhardt

Producer: Nunally Kersh

Production Manager: Robert Henderson

Silent Voices is a co-commission of Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and WQXR. 

Silent Voices is generously supported by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music; the Amphion Foundation; the Howard Gilman Foundation; the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and New Music USA. Special thanks to Marcus Wainwright and rag & bone for supporting the project by dressing the Chorus.

Co-presented with French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

Photo by Jay Maisel


Jan 14 & 15 @ 5PM

At Florence Gould Hall, FIAF

Running time 75 mins

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