Brooklyn Youth Chorus 25th Anniversary Gala

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Friday, May 12, 2017 -- For last minute requests, please contact Marie-Laure at

5:30 pm Pre-Performance Reception 
Gotham Market at the Ashland
590 Fulton Street (at Ashland Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
7:30 pm Silent Voices World Premiere
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
9 pm After-Party
BAM Lepercq Space

Join us in celebrating 25 years of music-making and hundreds of young lives transformed. Enjoy festive hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, the groundbreaking WORLD PREMIERE of Silent Voices, and an exclusive after-party with members of the artistic team.

rag & bone for their shared commitment to social justice and for generously dressing the Chorus for Silent Voices.

Helga Davis for her stellar performing career, work with WQXR, and her partnership with the Chorus, as the narrator and interlocutor of Silent Voices.

Dick Yancey for his outstanding service on the Board of Trustees and his commitment to the Brooklyn community.
Gala Co-Chairs:
Jacqueline Aguanno
Anjali Baijal
J. Barclay Collins II
Alexandra Partow

About Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Named WQXR?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 unique repertoire, Brooklyn Youth Chorus combines intensive vocal training and music study with exceptional performances. Collaborators include the New York Philharmonic, Thom Yorke, Barbra Streisand, and Kronos Quartet.  Our students learn the value of hard work and self-discipline, and develop the ability to express themselves as individuals and members of a peer group. The Chorus encompasses over 650 students in its core after-school and public school outreach programs. Classes take place at our Cobble Hill headquarters and locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, East Flatbush, and Red Hook, Brooklyn. 40% of students receive financial aid through our growing scholarship program, which enables hundreds of children to discover and develop their talent, sense of self, and true potential.

About Silent Voices

Silent Voices celebrates Brooklyn Youth Chorus's 25 years of commitment to the egalitarian and the experimental, and harnesses the power of our young people to be instruments of change.The Chorus has commissioned a diverse group of innovative artists to interpret rich historical narratives and personal stories to create music that explores race and identity, inequity and social disparity.

Produced and Performed by: Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Created by: Dianne Berkun Menaker
Directed by: Kristin Marting
Featured Composers: Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Rhiannon Giddens, Alicia Hall Moran, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Nico Muhly, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon, Ellen Reid, Kamala Sankaram, Caroline Shaw, and DJ Spooky.
Host: Helga Davis
Writer: Hilton Als
Additional Writers: Michelle Alexander, Samad Behrangi, Pauli Murray, Claudia Rankine, Patricia Bell-Scott

Scenic and Video Design by: Peter Nigrini
Lighting Design by: Jeanette Yew
Costume Design by: Kate Fry
Sound Engineer: Garth MacAleavey
Dramaturg: Peter McCabe
Sponsored by:




Text Your Bid To: (484) 406-3244 with the item's three letter code and bid amount Example: ABC$300

Item Item Code Winning Bid Winning Bidder
Acupuncture Sessions ACU $200 Jacqueline Aguanno
2 Tickets to Arcade Fire Concert + Signed Memorabilia ARC $350 jennifer sage
1 Semester of Clay & Art After School Class at The Painted Pot ART $125 Kelly Greene
10 Pack of Pilates Sessions AUC $400 Felicia Stingone
Benefit Beauty Bash BEU $300 Jennifer Wang
Botox Treatment with Dr. Michelle R. Yagoda BOT - -
BRIC Friends Tent Pass + BRIC Enthusiast Membership BRC $275 Catherine Varous
Kitten Cuddles at the Cat Cafe CAT $25 Meichelle MacGregor
Facial & Makeup Application at City Chemist CHM - -
Dinner for 2 at the North End Grill DIN $150 Mark Hansen
Deep Purple and Alice Cooper Live at Jones Beach DPJ - -
Nourish & Treat Essentials Package + Blowout from Drybar DRY $85 Julian Sheffield
Lavender Amethyst Earrings by Brooklyn Artist Roseanne Pugliese EAR $450 Jacqueline Aguanno
Two-Hour Family Photoshoot FAM $300 Kelly Greene
Week-long Stay at a Fire Island Beach House FIR $2,000 Claudia Castro
Dinner for 2 at Glady's GLA $40 Ryan McGivern
Multi-Course Tasting Dinner for 8-10 Cooked by The Grocery Chefs GRO $6,000 jennifer sage
2 Tickets to the BAM Next Wave Festival HAG - -
Hamilton Book and T-Shirt Signed by Jonathan Groff HAM $95 Marie-Laure Kugel
Off Offten HERE Art Center Membership HER - -
Evening on the Hudson HUD $300 Marie DeRosa
Julian Crouch Studio Visit JCS - -
Guitar Lesson + Signed CD Package from singer, songwriter, and composer Annie Keating KEA $125 Catherine Varous
2 Tickets to Bandstand on Broadway + Laura Osnes Signed CD and Playbill LAU $150 Annie Keating
Dinner for Two at Local & Vine LOV $125 jennifer sage
4 Tickets to The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade MAC $275 Kelly Greene
Full Makeup Application with Celebrity Make-Up Artist Evy Drew MAK $100 Emily Donato
Celebrity Lunch Date with ?Empire? and MAL $600 Marie DeRosa
Massage at Element Natural Healing Arts MAS $80 Kristal Pacific
2 Tickets to the Metropolitan Opera MET $276 Richard Yancey
Five, 30-Minute Voice Lessons with Michelle Rosen MIC - -
Make-Up Application and Lesson for 3 with Cici Barnes MUA $250 Jacqueline Aguanno
2 Family Passes to the Brooklyn Museum MUS $50 Annie Keating
2 Tickets to the Brooklyn Nets for the 2017-2018 Season NET $225 daniel konecky
3 Month Passport Membership to New York Sports Club NYS - -
Date Night with BK Chamber Music Society + Dinner at Buon Gusto Cafe ORC $125 Simmi Degnemark
Pamper Yourself PAM $125 Marie-Laure Kugel
18K Gold Reliquary Pendant with Pink Sapphire PEN - -
Five 30 Minute Piano Lessons with Leah Miles PIA $220 Unknown
Portrait Sitting with Ilisa Katz-Rissman POR - -
2 Tickets to the 2017-2018 Prototype Festival PRO $40 Frank Impelluso
rag & bone Pilot Satchel Handbag RAG $400 jennifer sage
Restylane Refyne RES - -
Rituals Gift Set RIT $60 Marie-Laure Kugel
2 National Sawdust Discovery Passes SAW - -
4 Front Row Seats to Spring Sings 5/21 at 7:00 (Men's Ensemble, Concert Ensemble, Alumni Chorus) SCM $150 Marie DeRosa
Smoked Goodness Platter for 12 SGP $150 Simmi Degnemark
Jade Organic Mobius Shawl SHL $145 Sheila Richter
4 Front Row Seats to Spring Sings 5/20 at 7:30 (Junior Ensemble, Men's Training, Level 6) SJM $75 Simmi Degnemark
4 Front Row Seats to Spring Sings 5/20 at 4:00 (Level 3 S& T, PS 15, Level 1 Th) STH - -
3 Class Pass + 3 Private Training Pass at Brooklyn Strength STR - -
4 Front Row Seats to Spring Sings 5/21 at 3:00 (Level 1 T, Level 2 T, Level 4 S) STS - -
4 Front Row Seats to Spring Sings 5/19 at 6:30 (Level 4 W & M, Level 5) SWM - -
4 Front Row Seats to Spring Sings 5/20 at 12:00 (Level 1 W & S, Level 2 W & S) SWS - -
Private Tennis Lesson with Clinton Alford at Heights Casino TEN $150 Julie Kay
Twisted Lily Discovery Package! TWI $80 Amanda Van Doorene
Four, 45-Minute Voice Lessons with Mara Waldman VCE $250 Bettina Rosarius
Voice Evaluation with Dr. Michelle R. Yagoda VOC - -