Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Brooklyn Philharmonic Concerts
Pop culture commentators never seem to tire of naming Brooklyn as the place to see or become next year’s Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, or Fiery Furnaces. So the Miser is now more than accustomed to sharing L trains filled with young legions laden with gig-bags plying their trade in the countless bars of Brooklyn.
However, shining a light on indie rock hasn’t dampened the appeal of old musical traditions and appears to fuel the efforts of a few institutions that are re-energizing classical music for a new generation of listeners in the borough.
Formed just over 20 years ago, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus has taken an innovative approach to training young singers, an approach that preserves classical repertoire and absorbs new sounds. The group is also at home singing the music of Mahler, Puccini and Tchaikovsky as they collaborate with a range of contemporary artists that include the aforementioned Grizzly Bear, rapper Talib Kweli and composer John Adams, with whom the group. won a Grammy Award in 2005 for his performance of his choral work “On the Transmigration of Souls”.
On Saturday the choir will perform a free Roulette concert, focusing on their Young Men’s Ensemble: teenage and young adult members facing puberty and peer pressure, two things that have historically driven the development of field singers. . The choir managed not only to retain many of these young people, but also to broaden their ranks.
The Hofstra University Concert Choir and Chamber Choir will also perform.
(Saturday night at 6, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-243-9447, brooklynyouthchorus.org.)
TCHAIKOVSKY IN WORDS
On Sunday, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, under the direction of Alan Pierson, will present a pair of works by Tchaikovsky in a bedroom setting, alongside texts by poet Vera Pavlova. Drawing on her rich musical background in Moscow – she had once planned to be a composer and wrote many librarians and lyrics – Ms Pavlova will mix the autobiography with a literary portrait of Tchaikovsky in Russian, with translations by her husband, Stephen Seymour.
The concert will take place at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended.
(Sunday at 4 p.m.; Grand Army Plaza, at Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway; 718-488-5700; bphil.org.)