Multi-arts center Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has been curating world-renowned programming for the past 150 years. From theater and dance to opera and film, they’ve been showcasing the work of emerging artists, and they just recently announced their most ambitious project yet–a spring music series curated by Grammy award-winning artist Solange Knowles.
The “Eldorado Ballroom” music series is celebrating intergenerational expressions of experimental and transcendent performance throughout the decades.
The series is named after a Houston historic Black music hall in Knowles’ native Third Ward neighborhood, which is precisely where her love for performance began.
Each night of the series will explore artistic territory through a lineup of performances made up of both contemporary and historic creative revolutionaries that have shaped the practice of Knowles herself.
The series will feature a combination of performance art, concerts, films, theatrical events, and more across BAM’s various stages. Program highlights include:
- March 30 – Kelela, Res, and KeiyaA
- March 31 & April 1 – “Type of Guest” featuring Autumn Knight, and an installation by Maren Hassinger
- April 4 – “Unseen Nuyorican Pictures”
- April 5 – “Coeval Dance Films”
- April 7 – “Glory to Glory (A Revival For Devotional Art)” featuring Twinkie Clark & The Clark Sisters; the piano and choral works of Mary Lou Williams performed by Artina McCain, and Malcolm J. Merriweather with Voices of Harlem; Angella Christie
- April 8 – “The Cry of My People” featuring Archie Shepp, Linda Sharrock, and Claudia Rankine
- September 22 – “On Dissonance: An Evening of Classical and Opera Works by Julia Perry and Patrice Rushen” featuring Davóne Tines
Tickets are currently on sale for BAM members and patrons and Saint Heron patrons (Knowles’ creative agency). Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, February 21 at 12p.m. est. The series kicks off in March.
You can learn more here.