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.