Brooklyn Youth Chorus 25th Anniversary Gala

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Benefiting Brooklyn Youth Chorus?s artistic and educational programs

Friday, May 12, 2017
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 Current Bid Highest Bidder
Acupuncture Sessions ACU $150 Jacqueline Aguanno
2 Tickets to Arcade Fire Concert + Signed Memorabilia ARC $250 jennifer sage
1 Semester of Clay & Art After School Class at The Painted Pot ART - -
10 Pack of Pilates Sessions AUC - -
Benefit Beauty Bash BEU $300 Jennifer Wang
Botox Treatment with Dr. Michelle R. Yagoda BOT - -
BRIC Friends Tent Pass + BRIC Enthusiast Membership BRC - -
Kitten Cuddles at the Cat Cafe CAT $15 Meichelle MacGregor
Facial & Makeup Application at City Chemist CHM - -
Dinner for 2 at the North End Grill DIN $100 Michelle Yagoda
Deep Purple and Alice Cooper Live at Jones Beach DPJ - -
Lavender Amethyst Earrings by Roseanne Pugliese EAR - -
Two-Hour Family Photoshoot FAM - -
Week-long Stay at a Fire Island Beach House FIR - -
Dinner for 2 at Glady's GLA $40 Ryan McGivern
Dinner Cooked by The Grocery Chefs GRO - -
2 Tickets to the BAM Next Wave Festival HAG - -
Off Offten HERE Art Center Membership HER - -
Evening on the Hudson HUD $250 Simmi Degnemark
Julian Crouch Studio Visit JCS - -
Laura Osnes Signed CD and Playbill LAU - -
Dinner for Two at Local & Vine LOV $85 Ryan McGivern
4 Tickets to The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade MAC - -
Full Makeup Application with Celebrity Make-Up Artist Evy Drew MAK - -
Celebrity Lunch Date with ?Cool Runnings? actor Malik Yoba MAL - -
Massage at Element Natural Healing Arts MAS $60 Simmi Degnemark
2 Tickets to the Metropolitan Opera MET - -
Five, 30-Minute Voice Lessons with Michelle Rosen MIC - -
2 Family Passes to the Brooklyn Museum MUS $30 Simmi Degnemark
2 Tickets to the Brooklyn Nets for the 2017-2018 Season NET $160 Mark Weaver
Date Night with BK Symphony Orchestra + Dinner at Buon Gusto Cafe ORC $125 Simmi Degnemark
Pamper Yourself PAM - -
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 - -
rag & bone Pilot Satchel Handbag RAG - -
Restylane Refyne RES - -
Rituals Gift Set RIT - -
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 $125 Jacqueline Aguanno
Smoked Goodness Platter for 12 SGP $150 Simmi Degnemark
Jade Organic Mobius Shawl SHL $120 Ryan McGivern
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 - -
Four, 45-Minute Voice Lessons with Mara Waldman VCE - -
Voice Evaluation with Dr. Michelle R. Yagoda VOC - -