While we were hopeful to gather and experience the performing arts together once again, our priority remains safety and well-being. Therefore, we’ve had to postpone this program to a future date when we can safely resume live programming.
“Everything That Rises Must Converge celebrates her life, but also celebrates the universal story of refugees and immigrants to not only survive, but to rise up and give their children a better life.” -Jennifer Koh
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a rigorously trained, culturally and socioeconomically diverse choral ensemble comprised of mostly female-identifying, New York City youth, ages 12-18. They have performed with contemporary classical composers John Adams, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Caroline Shaw, as well as with some of the biggest names in the music business, including David Byrne, John Legend, Barbra Streisand, Alicia Keys, Bon Iver and Elton John.
Their new work, She Is Called, is a musical exploration of female identity through choral music and songs created by a diverse group of predominantly women composers with material completed before the Covid-19 shutdown, but yet to fully premiere theatrically. The works that comprise She Is Called are based on texts that have defined the female experience from biblical times to the present day, exposing the limitations of traditional gender categories. The impressive roster of composers include David Lang, Alev Lenz, Natalie Joachim, Jacki Shelton Green, Gity Razaz, Paola Prestini, Angélica Negrón, Toshi Reagon, Tania Leon and Shara Nova.
The goal of She Is Called is to unlock new possibilities for people of all genders, ages and races throughout the world. These compositions will be audio and video taped and distributed through yet to be determined platforms online.
Photo Credits: Jennifer Koh by Jürgen Frank; Davóne Tines by Bowie Verschuuren
Funds provided by Fariba Ghaffari.