Members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy kicked off the summer this past Saturday May 19th with a performance at the Roulette Theater in Downtown Brooklyn. Soundscapes featured performers of the concert chorus and young men’s ensemble as they performed a variety of new works from today’s top composers.
Students performed choral music written and organized for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus by composers Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Shara Worden, Jonathan David Sarah Kirkland Snider and John King. Students also performed works of Zoltán Kodály and Richard Smallwood to finish off the evening.
The performance received top reviews in Time Out New York and The Brooklyn Paper. Both publications celebrated the talent of the young performers suggesting that they had the vocal range of some of the best adult performers.
“Don’t be surprised if their technical acuity and powerful voices make you lose sight of the fact that you’re listening to children,” wrote The Brooklyn Paper.
Age restrictions for the concert chorus allow students to participate up to the age of 18. The young men’s ensemble allows members to perform until the age of 22. Once students hit the maximum age, most continue on to pursue music in a professional capacity.
“They enjoy increased opportunities for professional performance engagements, concert tours and recording sessions,” said Chorus Manager Katie VanDerMeer about students in the program.
Members of both the concert chorus and young men’s ensemble prepare to gear up for the end of the season. Students will participate in three more performances with the final show for the season at the River to River Festival on June 25, 2012.