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She Is Called: Dear Stranger is a letter between friends and strangers, a tone poem, commissioned pieces of music, and an exploration of gender, identity, and longing in this intrepid moment in our collective present by a community of extraordinary young artists. Brooklyn Youth Chorus in collaboration with theater artists Janani Balasubramanian, Charlotte Brathwaite, Sunder Ganglani, and Tareke Ortiz remix works by celebrated contemporary composers—including Natalie Joachim, David Lang, Shara Nova and Toshi Reagon— with poetic, handwritten letters by the chorus members themselves. The project offers a meaningful, at-home experience of a youth chorus’s voices and perspectives on personhood, community, and connection.
Led by Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker, Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a Grammy Award-winning ensemble that has collaborated with a wide range of artists including the New York Philharmonic, The National, and Sir Elton John; commissioned new music from composers such as Caroline Shaw, Toshi Reagon, and Bryce Dessner; produced original works including Silent Voices(National Sawdust, New Victory Theater), Black Mountain Songs (BAM Next Wave Festival 2014), and Tell the Way (St. Ann’s Warehouse 2011); and each year trains hundreds of young artists in its after-school and public-school programs.
Funds provided by the Kevin Jeske Young Artist Fund.