Brooklyn Youth Chorus harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change in an electrifying multimedia concert. To give voice to those who have been silenced or marginalized by social, cultural or religious circumstances, The Chorus commissioned a diverse group of innovative artists to interpret historical narratives and personal stories. The result is new music that explores race and identity, inequity and social disparity—music that matters.
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 (“House of Cards”), 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 produced in conjunction with Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ 2016-17 WQXR artist residency, Silent Voices culminates in a world premiere in May 2017.
Run time: 75 min. In English.
Post-Performance Conversation will follow the January 14 show.
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
After just four years on the scene, PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now has been deemed “the go-to spot for brilliantly produced new indie chamber opera” by The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times called the 2016 festival an “explosion of boundary-defying chamber opera.”
Now blazing into its fifth season, PROTOTYPE returns January 5-15, 2017. Beth Morrison Projects and HERE have come together to bring you a striking celebration of opera and a stellar array of artists. Learn more at prototypefestival.org
Silent Voices is a co-commission of Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and WQXR.
Silent Voices is generously supported by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; New Music USA; and Tisch Illumination Fund.
Season Sponsors: American Society of the French Legion of Honor, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Engie, FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), Florence Gould Foundation, Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings program, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut français, JCDecaux, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt, and Pommery.