BYCA Join’s Brooke Shields to Perform “The Sound of Music” at Carnegie Hall

Laura Osnes, Charlotte Knutsen, Natalie Hawkins, Grace Luckett, Jacob Sutton, Olivia Knutsen, Jake Montagnino, and Mary Michael Patterson perform "Do-Re-Mi". © David Gordon

Members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy graced the stage at Carnegie Hall this past Tuesday April 24, to lend their voices and acting talents to Rogers and Hammerstein’s Broadway hit The Sound of Music.   The one-night only show was held as a benefit for Carnegie Hall.

The Sound of Music follows an Austrian woman Maria Rainer played by Laura Osnes, during the 1930’s as she works as the governess to a sea captains family as well as her budding relationship with the Captain Georg von Trapp played by Tony Goldwyn.

BYCA members Jake Montagnino, Olivia Knutsen, Jacob Sutton, Grace Luckett, Natalie Hawkins and Charlotte Knutsen joined the cast playing the children of the von Trapp family.  Brooke Shields joined the cast as Elsa Schraeder – Captain von Trapp’s other love interest.

Fans of the BYCA took to the schools Facebook page to comment on the event, saying that it was “amazing,” and “I loved it.” The students performed “Do-Re-Mi” to great acclaim by The Classical Music Network.

Tickets for the performance started at $55, but options for VIP seating including a dinner at Remi Restaurant on 54th Street started at $1,500.  The production of the show raised $1.5 million for Carnegie Hall.

And this isn’t the first time the BYCA has performed at Carnegie Hall.  Last season the BYCA joined soloist Alexei Markov and soprano Anastasia Kalagina along with a host of other musicians to perform Mahler Symphony No. 8.  The Classical Music Network also gave this performance great reviews.