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Encyclopedia > Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is a major performing arts venue in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, known as a center for progressive and avant garde performance. For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area...


Founded in 1861 the first BAM facility at 176-194 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights was conceived as the home of the Philharmonic Society of Brooklyn. It housed a large theater seating 2,200, a smaller concert hall, dressing and chorus rooms, and a vast "baronial" kitchen. 1861 (MDCCCLXI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the Julian calendar) // January 1 - Benito Juárez captures Mexico City January 2 - Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia dies and is succeeded by...


After the building burned to the ground on November 30, 1903, plans were made to relocate to a new facility in the then fashionable neighborhood of Fort Greene. The cornerstone was laid at 30 Lafayette Avenue in 1906 and a series of opening events were held in the fall of 1908 culminating with a grand gala evening featuring Geraldine Farrar and Enrico Caruso in a Metropolitan Opera production of Charles Gounod's Faust. The Met would continue to present seasons in Brooklyn through 1921. The new building is adjacent to downtown Brooklyn, near the Flatbush Avenue Station of the Long Island Rail Road and the Williamsburgh Savings Bank building, the tallest building in Brooklyn. After World War II, Brooklyn faced a decline like many other urban centers experiencing the doughnut phenomenon. BAM's audience and support base declined. November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Geraldine Farrar Farrar as the title character in Manon Geraldine Farrar (February 28, 1882 – March 11, 1967) was an opera singer and film actress whose stage presence earned her a fanatic following of Gerryflappers in the early 20th century. ... Enrico Caruso (February 25, 1873 – August 2, 1921) was an Italian opera singer and one of the most famous tenors in history. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Józef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... Charles Gounod Charles François Gounod (June 17, 1818 – October 18, 1893) was a French composer, best known for his opera Faust. ... Faust depicted in an etching by Rembrandt van Rijn (circa 1650) Faust or Faustus is the protagonist of a popular German legend in which a mediæval scholar makes a pact with the Devil. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for full calendar). ... Skyline of Downtown Brooklyn seen from the East River Metro Tech is a business center in Downtown Brooklyn Downtown Brooklyn is the third largest central business district in New York City (following Midtown Manhattan and Downtown Manhattan), and is located in the northwestern section of the borough of Brooklyn. ... The station, pre-renovation; The Ticket Office and Information Booth shown are now closed to the public; new facilities are located on street level in the Atlantic Terminal Mall. ... An M3 railcar The Long Island Rail Road or LIRR (often referred to as the L-I-double-R) is a commuter rail system serving the length of Long Island, New York, United States. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Post-1960s history and performance facilities

Its facilities feature:

  • BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, with 2109 seats
  • BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater, with 874 seats, formerly known as Majestic Theater, named in Lichtenstein's honor in 1999.
  • BAM Rose Cinemas opened in 1997 allowing Brooklynites the chance to see more art films without having to go to Manhattan.

In 1967 Harvey Lichtenstein was appointed executive director and during the 32 years that Lichtenstein was BAM's leader, BAM experienced a renaissance. BAM is now recognized internationally as a progressive cultural center well known for The Next Wave Festival (started in 1983). Artists who have presented their works there include Philip Glass, Peter Brook, Laurie Anderson, Lee Breuer, ETHEL, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Steve Reich, Robert Wilson, Ingmar Bergman, The Whirling Dervishes and the Kirov Opera directed and conducted by Valery Gergiev among others. The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an Academy Award-nominated American composer. ... Peter Stephen Paul Brook CH CBE (born 21 March 1925) is a highly influential British theatrical producer and director. ... Laurie Anderson (born Laura Phillips Anderson, on June 5, 1947, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois) is an American experimental performance artist and musician. ... Lee Breuer is one of the founding members and current Artistic Directors of the Avant-Guarde theatre company Mabou Mines(in New York City). ... ETHEL is the name of an American string quartet based in New York City that is dedicated to the performance of new music. ... Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Urdu: نصرت فتح علی خان) (October 13, 1948 - August 16, 1997), a world-renowned Pakistani musician, was primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis, a mystical sect of Islam. ... Stephen Michael Reich (born October 3, 1936) is an American composer. ... Robert Wilson (born 4 October 1941) is an internationally acclaimed American avant-garde stage director and playwright who has been called [America]s — or even the worlds — foremost vanguard theater artist [1]. Over the course of his wide-ranging career, he has also worked as a choreographer, performer, painter... Ingmar Bergman   (IPA: in Swedish) (born July 14, 1918) is a Swedish stage and film director who is one of the key film auteurs of the twentieth century. ... The Mevlevi Order or the Mevleviye are a Sufi order founded by the followers of the Persian Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi in 1273 in Konya present day Turkey; also known as The Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of dhikr (remeberence of Allah... The Mariinsky Theatre, known as the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1934-92, is a historic theatre of opera and ballet in St Petersburg. ... Valery Gergiev Valery Abisalovich Gergiev, Russian: Вале́рий Абиса́лович Ге́ргиев (born 1953) is a Russian conductor and opera company director. ...


Starting in 2006, BAM has collaborated with the Sundance Institute on a special series of film screenings, performances, panel discussions, and special events bringing the institute's activities and its annual film festival's programming to New York City. The program highlights projects supported by the institute's programs in filmmaking, theatre, and film music. [1] For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Sundance Institute is a center started by actor Robert Redford in 1981. ...


Today, BAM is under the leadership of President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo.


See also

New York City is home to hundreds of cultural institutions and historic sites, many of which are internationally known. ... A Concert hall is a cultural building, which serves as performance venue, chiefly for classical instrumental music. ...

External links

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music

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