Brooklyn Village show celebrates creative past
by Lisa A. Fraser
Mar 21, 2012 | 22082 views | 1 1 comments | 991 991 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
This weekend the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and experimental theater space, Roulette, will be offeirng an experience for concert-goers.

The two will collaborate to present, "Brooklyn Village," a multimedia homage to the creative spirit of the borough's past, weaving through past and present.

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will also be performing and the Philharmonic promises not just a show but an experience.

It aims to be an immersive experience for the audience using video, audio, narration, staging, sound and locally written music, as well as audience interaction.

The show is part of Brooklyn Phil's debut “reboot” season under Alan Pierson, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, celebrating its 20th anniversary under Dianne Berkun.

Recently Roulette, the famed experimental music venue in Manhattan, moved into a new home in Downtown Brooklyn, providing a newly, stylishly renovated 1920’s art deco theater for concert and performance lovers alike.

Together all three are part of a cultural renaissance which is taking place in Brooklyn.

The unprecedented partnership presents an homage to the creative spirit of Downtown Brooklyn as it has evolved over the last 200 years.

Links between the 19th century and our own time trace the development of Brooklyn from a small village to a global super city.

For a preview of the show, click here.

Brooklyn Village will open with the scherzo movement from Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, a reimagining of the debut Brooklyn Philharmonic performance in 1857, when this work was performed. In each of its major concerts this season, the Brooklyn Phil performs a movement of Beethoven’s Eroica as a salute to its roots.

The evening will also showcase three world premieres by prominent young composers. David T. Little’s Am I Born was co-commissioned by the Brooklyn Phil and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The new work takes inspiration from two 19th century sources: the American tradition of shape note hymn singing, and Francis Guy’s 1820 painting “Winter Scene in Brooklyn,” which currently hangs in the Brooklyn Museum.

The second world premiere is Here, a captivating a cappella work for solo children’s chorus, written by the acclaimed composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, and commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

The third world premiere is Canvas by Matthew Mehlan, the Brooklyn-based leader of the experimental band Skeletons. Music by Brooklyn’s own Aaron Copland (born and raised in Prospect Heights) and indie-rock sensation Sufjan Stevens (Ditmas Park resident) round out the program.

The Brooklyn Phil was founded 154 years ago. It is one of the oldest living orchestras in the New World, with 166 world premiers under its belt.

Roulette has been in New York City for over 33 years and has reopened at its 7,000-square-foot location at 509 Atlantic Avenue. It was created by Jim Staley.

Tickets are available online through the Roulette Box Office by visiting

Ticket prices range from $35 Priority Seating, $25 General Admission and $20 Students/Seniors (General seating only).

The concert will be performed on Saturday March 24 and Sunday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
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May 25, 2012
Based from my experiences when performing on a concert in front of many people and being on stage is totally awesome! I feel relaxed when I play in front of that many crowd! I just love it!

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