Posted in music | tour dates on May 27, 2009

Brooklyn Youth Chorus

"With a vital role on band sensation Grizzly Bear's new CD Veckatimest and an appearance this Thursday, May 28th, backing up the band at Town Hall, the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus embarks on a six-week run of performances spanning music as diverse as indie rock and Mahler's 8th. That's business as usual for the BYC, which has sung with Alicia Keys for a Sesame Street special, backed Elton John at his birthday concert at Madison Square Garden, premiered Philip Glass's Symphony No. 5 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and commissioned a body of work by musicians including Nico Muhly and Fred Hersch. The BYC is an astonishingly active group of kids that performs on the highest levels of the New York music scene, whether it be symphonic, rock, hip-hop, gospel, avant-garde classical, jazz..." [press release]
Unfortunately it looks like the Chorus will only be at one of Grizzly Bear's three NYC shows. All BYC dates below...

o May 26: Veckatimest, the eagerly-awaited CD by Brooklyn-based indie-rock band Grizzly Bear, comes out on Warp Records. It features the BYC on several tracks, one of which has been pre-released as a free download.

o May 28 at Town Hall: the BYC performs live with Grizzly Bear.

o May 29 and 30 at the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn: the BYC's annual solo spring concerts, unique in that they offer a chance to hear the chorus not as guest collaborator-but as the featured element. The program ranges from Kodaly and spirituals to new works written for them by Jim Papoulis and Nico Muhly.

o June 11-27 at Avery Fisher Hall: the BYC is in the middle of a busy orchestral season, including nine concerts under the baton of Lorin Maazel in his very last performances with the New York Philharmonic. Remaining performances include Britten's War Requiem, June 11-13; and Mahler's 8th June 24-27.

o Late June: the release of the new single "I Will Come Back" by Holy Ghost, another popular New York rock band that chose to incorporate the ethereal voices of the BYC. This is for a full-length album which will come out on the DFA Record label, distribution through EMI. Grammy nominated producer James Murphy is overseeing the project.

o Now through November: the BYC rehearses with downtown iconoclast Phil Kline on an evening-length score that Kline is currently writing for them, gearing up for the premiere of the Wally Cardona dance piece "Really Real" at BAM's Next Wave Festival in November (see below). The entire score will be comprised of children's voices, nothing else.

o October 9-11, 2009 at Radio City Music Hall: the BYC performs Howard Shore's Academy Award-winning score "Lord of the Rings," live to the film with full symphony (21st Century Orchestra) and The Collegiate Chorale.

o November 16-21 at BAM's Next Wave Festival: the BYC is prominently featured in composer Phil Kline and choreographer Wally Cardona's "Really Real."

o December 13, 2009 at Carnegie Hall: the BYC will sing in John Adams' "El Nino" with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, under the baton of Adams. The BYC won a Grammy in 2005 for their recording of John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls (Nonesuch), which they premiered with the New York Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel in 2002.

o April 15, 2010 at Carnegie Hall: the BYC appears in a new opera by Louis Andriessen entitled "La Commedia Opera," under conductor Reinbert de Leeuw. This event also features the Asko and Schoenberg Ensembles and Synergy Vocals.



Comments (42)

Grrrreat news. Thursday should be a treat.

I think these young folks also helped out with Lou Reed's "Berlin" at St. Anne's Warehouse.

Posted by drewo | May 27, 2009 3:15 PM

I hope the friday show is better than the thursday show

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 3:36 PM

wait shit...they're only performing with them on thursday......fuckthat

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 3:38 PM

Why does that black guy have his hand up elmo's ass?

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 4:16 PM

Brooklyn MEHth Chorus

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 4:36 PM

yessssss i;m going that night!!!!

Posted by imkoreansowhat | May 27, 2009 4:41 PM

BROOKLYN Youth Chorus should play the BROOKLYN show!

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 5:19 PM

i've got center orchestra seats for Thursday night's Grizzly Bear show. send along an offer asap!

Posted by L. | May 27, 2009 5:19 PM

oh come onnn come for the friday show too

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 5:31 PM

My Thurs front row center tickets are looking quite sweet right about now.

Posted by Cuse | May 27, 2009 5:35 PM

How is this show not sold out yet?

Posted by MBMSA | May 27, 2009 10:03 PM

>How is this show not sold out yet?

which show ?

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 10:47 PM

How is this show not sold out yet?

Posted by lily | May 28, 2009 8:22 AM

i was underwhelmed at BAM...just sayin

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 8:58 AM

both town hall shows are sold out as is MHOW

have been for a few weeks

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 10:32 AM

There are TONS of tickets for sale on Craigslist. Should be very easy to get into any of the shows for under face value.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 10:44 AM

Not really "TONS" on there. Half of those posts are from the same "up to 4" scalper guy.

With that said, I do have 2 in Row Q for the Friday show if anyone needs. Face + fees.

Posted by Cuse | May 28, 2009 2:44 PM

does anyone know who will open for them tonight?

Posted by minka | May 28, 2009 3:17 PM

@minka: Here We Go Magic will be the opener

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 4:53 PM

Southern Point
Cheerleader (w/ BYC)
Fine For Now (w/ BYC)
Service Bell
Little Brother
Two Weeks
Ready, Able
I Live With You (w/ BYC)
Foreground (w/ BYC)
While You Wait for the Others
He Hit Me
On a Spit, On a Neck

Snagged from some guy's Twitter.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 11:48 PM

The lights were terrible, and painful. Great show otherwise.

Posted by Sam | May 29, 2009 12:03 AM - There's a copy of the setlist.

Great show, indeed. Heard there'll be an orchestra playing with them tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 12:13 AM

Lights terrible? Really? I thought the lighting was amazing.

Posted by Cuse | May 29, 2009 12:26 AM

Laser Grizzly was totally unnecessary.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 12:37 AM

Lighting was brilliant - from the lasers to the bulbs strung up in glass jars.

Posted by drewo | May 29, 2009 12:54 AM

I loved the lighting effects--they were simply spectacular...can't wait to see the photos from the show.

Posted by Laura | May 29, 2009 1:41 AM

lights were great. show went by too fast. miss easier.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 1:49 AM

Seriously? The lights were terrible? Are you kidding? I am no Grizz apologist, but damn, every NYC show should aim that high. Unreal light show. What would you want Sam? Are you just irrate because you didn't do them?

Posted by Dale | May 29, 2009 2:58 AM

I thought the lights we beautiful. I was blinded a few times, but I still enjoyed them. Also, no one mentioned that Nico Muhly was playing piano/keys last night. He was offstage. but he was there and it definitely helped. Great show all around!

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 6:42 AM

did anyone notice that Ed was frustrated with the volume of his omnichord and keyboard?

Posted by imkoreansowhat | May 29, 2009 8:36 AM

did anyone notice that Ed was frustrated with the volume of his omnichord and keyboard?

Posted by imkoreansowhat | May 29, 2009 8:36 AM

should've used a keytar.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 8:50 AM

Set times?

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 9:05 AM

Here We Go Magic 8:10 to 8:45
Grizzly Bear 9:20 to 10:30

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 9:22 AM

that was amazing. I'm sure they will be crazy good tonight as well. But last night with the choir? Holy shit.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 10:12 AM

"There are TONS of tickets for sale on Craigslist. Should be very easy to get into any of the shows for under face value."

So true. There were many people selling tix last night and no buyers. Not scalpers, but regular fans. One guy was selling (3!) tickets for $20 each. I am considering going again tonight because last night was so good and there are bound to be more cheap tickets again tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 10:41 AM

i think shan might be able to get out of work a little early...

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 10:43 AM

Hi anon 10:43 am. This is Shannon's boss here, i just wanted to let you know that its very unlikely that she will be able to leave early today as her services are required at work in the 4-5pm timeframe. Wishful thinking on your part. Enjoy your grizzle bears game!

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 10:46 AM

that show was unbelievable. they completely stepped up their game. after that one, its a whole different territory for them as a band. for that dude that didn't like the visuals for that show, what are you thinking?!? it added exactly what this band has been missing for the past couple of years. light dude even got a shot out with applause. you must be searching for something to whine about.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2009 1:53 PM

The light guy did get an applause - but it was from certain sections of the auditorium. Other sections noticeably made no applause. For those in the back half of the orchestra, the lights shone directly at you, and for entire songs you were in a pretty intense state of blindness. They sometimes looked beautiful. The lanterns, especially. From our seats a lot of the show was too painful to watch.

Posted by Guy who didn't like the lights | May 29, 2009 4:39 PM

they must of fixed it for last night then...I was three rows from the back of the center orchestra and it was all above us for 90% of the show. utterly gorgeous I thought. its got to be hard in that venue though because it looked like there was no way to put the lights up high like a place like Hammerstein or MHOW even.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 2:54 PM

Matthew Dear is cool and talented. Better than Herbert in his early of late career? I don't agree.

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 12:13 PM

I agree about the lightning!! It was fantastic!! :)

Posted by msr 575 2 | June 16, 2010 4:03 AM

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