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A Modern Liederabend

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It’s a modern liederabend, “song night,” featuring vocal & choral music from Paola Prestini inspired by Kandinsky, chamber opera by Missy Mazzoli, & opera by MIT professor Tod Machover.

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New Sounds

Black Mountain Songs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

For this New Sounds, John Schaefer talks with co-curators of “Black Mountain Songs,” Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus Director Dianne Berkun-Menaker.

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Meet the Composer

Free Download: 'Its Motion Keeps' from Composer Caroline Shaw

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw shares "Its Motion Keeps," written for and performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus under the direction of Dianne Berkun-Menaker.

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New Sounds

New Approaches to Shape Note Hymns

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music that is rooted in the shape-note singing tradition from the 19th century, with tunes and texts directly taken from Protestant hymnals, and other works originally notated in "shape notes" (square, round, triangular, and diamond-shaped note heads) that enabled non-music reading congregations to sing them. Listen to a brand new duo recording from trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, who arranged some of these tunes, and wrote originals inspired by these shape-note hymns, but wordless. Then, from Anonymous 4, listen to vocal renditions of these tunes, where the quartet sings the hymn through in the solfège syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti) before adding words on the second time around.

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New Sounds

A Modern Liederabend

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It’s a modern liederabend, literally “song night,” for this New Sounds show.  Listen to vocal and choral music from living composers like Missy Mazzoli – and some of her multimedia chamber opera about Isabelle Eberhardt, as well as MIT professor Tod Machover – and an aria from his opera VALIS, based on the Phillip K. Dick novel.  Also, there’s music by Paola Prestini inspired by Kandinsky's 1912 manuscript of woodcuts and prose, “Sounds.”  Also, listen to new music from Bryce Dessner, featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet from his recent release, “Aheym.”  And more.

This Friday, 11/22, and Saturday, 11/23 at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is the third biennial Lieder-pa-looza, featuring many of these works.  Details here.

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The Greene Space

Shara Worden and Brooklyn Youth Chorus open the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival®, presented by Q2 Music

Friday, January 25, 2013

On Friday, January 25, Q2 Music presented the opening night of the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival in a sold-out evening of performances by Detroit-based songstress Shara Worden and the award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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New York Now

Watch: Shara Worden and Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Friday, January 25, 2013

Q2 Music helped open the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival recently with a special show featuring the songwriter Shara Worden and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Watch: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Performs Mazzoli and Dessner

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tonight at 7 pm, Q2 Music presents a live Webcast of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing works by Missy Mazzoli, Bryce Dessner, Sarah Kirkland Snider and others from The Greene Space.

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Operavore

A Gesamtkunstwerk Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, March 26, 2012

Like the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic is in the midst of its first season as a touring ensemble. Blogger Olivia Giovetti reviews their latest concert of Brooklyn-themed works.

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New Sounds Live

Brooklyn Philharmonic's New Music Sampler, Oct. 12, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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This season’s New Sounds Live Concert Series gets underway when Mos Def, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, songstress Mellissa Hughes, and other special guests join members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic for a "reduction sampler."   Hear Derek Bermel’s arrangements of Mos Def’s original songs, 19th century Shape Note singing, works by David T. Little, Lev Zhurbin (aka Ljova), Corey Dargel, and Frederic Rzewski, all in small ensemble versions of music that the full orchestra will play later in the season.  The performance takes place at 7PM in the World Financial Center's Winter Garden on Wednesday October 12, 2011.  Admission is FREE.

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