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"The Chorus" (1876) by Edgar Degas. Source: Wikimedia

“The Chorus” (1876) by Edgar Degas. Source: Wikimedia

The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, which offers a mixed repertoire of theater, folk, and classical music, is seeking choral singers to perform two free annual concerts on the Kingsborough campus in December and May.

The first rehearsal and audition for new members will be Thursday, February 27.

Under the direction of conductor Mark Mangini, the chorus also performs additional community outreach concerts at various locations throughout the Brooklyn community.

Rehearsals are every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. on the Kingsborough College campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, in room 8207 on the second floor of the T-8 building. Sight-reading is helpful but not mandatory.

This May 18, the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus will be performing its annual Spring Concert.

For information about joining the chorus, call Steve Friedman at (718) 338-9132.

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Under the direction of Conductor Mark Mangini, the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus — together with The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Raymond Wheeler — will be performing their annual holiday concert this coming Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Among the selections being performed by the chorus will be a medley from Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” as well as other holiday favorites.

Admission is free to the public, and parking is free on campus. No tickets are required, and seating is first come first served. The performance will be held at Kingsborough Community College’s Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, 2001 Oriental Boulevard.

For more, call the Kingsborough Community College Box Office at (718) 368-5596.

Photo from a previous BBT performance of Nutcracker.

Photo from a previous BBT performance of The Nutcracker.

by Jennifer Szulman

The 27-year-old Brighton Ballet Theater/School of Russian American Ballet (BBT) will be one of only three schools in Brooklyn this winter to perform a version of the classic ballet The Nutcracker, and theirs will offer a distinct telling featuring inspiration from the neighborhood’s various cultures.

Since 1995, BBT has remained the only dance school in Brooklyn to perform The Nutcracker. This year, however, they will be one of three local schools to perform the ballet, and will feature more than 40 young dancers alongside seasoned professionals. Cheographed by Edouard Kouchnarev, the 55-minute-long production draws nuanced inspiration from a Russian Nutcracker-inspired cartoon, and a heartwarming tale of diversity aimed at a young audience.

In this particular version, a young girl similar to Disney’s Cinderella becomes a princess. It is good to simplify an otherwise intricate plot for little children, BBT’s owner said, because they can understand what is happening. Most of the parts are danced by kids and instead of ending in The Land of Sweets, this version finishes in the Land of Cultures, where all the cultures flourish together – not unlike their adopted Southern Brooklyn community.

Founded in 1987, creating the prestigious school took perseverance, drive and the childhood dream of a young dancer.

As an immigrant from the Soviet Union, Irina Roizin aspired to open her own dance school. These dreams came to life when she saw a newspaper advertisement about a small ballet school open on Avenue M. Lessons were held in a quaint living room where three students were trained by a former student of Russian ballet teacher Agrippina Vaganova. At the time, the school had no owner and was funded by the parents of the three students. The teacher and Roizin eventually worked together to create a program for young children. In time, Roizin moved the school to Brighton Beach.

Roizin taught for nearly three decades, growing it to accommodate approximately 400 children per year.

“Our goal is to serve the community,” Roizin said. “Over 27 years, about 15 of our students became professional dancers. We do achieve our goal by bringing up professional dancers but the main thing is to give all children an opportunity to dance professional scale ballet. Even if they’re not going to become dancers, they will take something from this that they can bring to a different profession.”

For those who wish to become masters of the craft, ballet helps dancers develop a skill set used to shape not only themselves physically, but also emotionally and socially.

“This is disciplined, something that gives children an opportunity to be closer to arts, to change their personality, ideas, what music they’ll listen to,” Roizin said. “It’s not too many kids that understand classical music, can be disciplined about themselves, about what they eat. We realize that most of the kids that take ballet for a lot of years do better in school. It’s better attention, social skills and self-esteem. It helps them in a lot of ways.”

Professional dancers are invited to the school for young students to learn from, allowing the children to see what can come from their dedication and hard work.

The non-profit BBT continues to grow its services, recently opening up a pilot program for children with autism, and offers scholarships to students with need.

“We never turn a child away,” Roizon said.

For parents thinking this is just a place to drop their kids off for a play date, though, Roizon points out that she aims to train the best of the best.

“When kids come and parents tell the child, ‘Okay, go have fun!’ I always say, no, you can have fun at the park,” Roizin said. “You don’t have to pay money to have fun. They come here to work and learn something. Maybe this is a little bit of a different approach. The parents who understand stay with us and understand that whatever we do, we do to help parents raise intelligent, educated children. The kids need to understand that it’s fun when they dance and wear costumes and perform, but it’s also hard work.”

BBT will perform The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m. The performance will be held at the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard. For tickets, call (718) 769-9161.

"The Chorus" (1876) by Edgar Degas. Source: Wikimedia

“The Chorus” (1876) by Edgar Degas. Source: Wikimedia

The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, which offers a mixed repertoire of theater, folk, and classical music, is seeking choral singers to perform two free annual concerts on the Kingsborough campus in December and May.

The first rehearsal and audition for new members will be Thursday, September 12.

Under the direction of conductor Mark Mangini, the chorus also performs additional community outreach concerts at various locations throughout the Brooklyn community.

Rehearsals are every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. on the Kingsborough College campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, in room 8207 on the second floor of the T-8 building. Sight-reading is helpful but not mandatory.

This December 15, the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus will be performing its annual Holiday Concert.

For information about joining the chorus, call Steve Friedman at (718) 338-9132.

Kingsborough Community College’s campus. Photo by Erica Sherman

The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, which offers a mixed repertoire of theater, folk, and classical music, is seeking choral singers to perform two free annual concerts on the Kingsborough campus in December and May.

The first rehearsal and audition for new members will be Thursday, February 14.

Under the direction of conductor Mark Mangini, the chorus also performs additional community outreach concerts at various locations throughout the Brooklyn community.

Rehearsals are every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. on the Kingsborough College campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, in room 8207 on the second floor of the T-8 building. Sight-reading is helpful but not mandatory.

This May 5, the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus will be performing its annual Spring Concert.

For information about joining the chorus, call: Steve Friedman at (718) 338-9132.

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The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, a not-for-profit organization under the direction of conductor Mark Mangini, would love for you to join them. The chorus’ first rehearsal and audition for their annual spring concert will be Thursday, September 13. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of Kingsborough’s T-8 building, 2001 Oriental Boulevard. Sight-reading is helpful but not mandatory.

The group’s mixed repertoire includes theater, folk, and classical music, plus they always perform two free annual concerts on the Kingsborough Community College campus in December and May, as well as a number of community outreach concerts at various locations throughout Brooklyn.

This December 16, the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus will be performing a medley from the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II Broadway musical “Carousel,” as well as other holiday selections.

Parking is free, on campus, for chorus members.

For information about joining the chorus, call Steve Friedman at (718) 338-9132. You can also visit them on Facebook.

Dr. Raymond Wheeler conducts The Community Wind Ensemble & Concert Band

The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble & Concert Band and Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus will present their spring concert at 2:00 p.m., May 6 at the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard.

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The concert will feature a medley from West Side Story, the “Prayer” from Cavalleria Rusticana, and other selections. The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble & Concert Band is a dedicated group of amateur and professional musicians that has entertained more than 200,000 people at concerts on campus for the past three decades. Dr. Raymond Wheeler conducts.

General admission seating is free, and reservations are not required. Parking is also free.

For information on future concerts or to audition, call Ralph Munoz at (718) 434-9279 or go to www.onstageatkingsborough.org.

Not the actual KCC Musical Society Chorus, but rather a random image of a chorus, just to show you what fun singing in a chorus can be. Source: Flickr / bryan_estabrooks

Attention to all of you out there who, in the words of Karen Carpenter, like to “Sing, sing a song… Sing out loud, sing out strong!

The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, a not-for-profit organization under the direction of conductor Mark Mangini, would love for you to join them. The group’s mixed repertoire includes theater, folk, and classical music, plus they always perform two free annual concerts on the Kingsborough Community College campus (2001 Oriental Boulevard) in December and May, as well as a number of community outreach concerts at various locations throughout Brooklyn.

The chorus’ first rehearsal and audition for their annual spring concert will be Thursday, February 16. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of Kingsborough’s T-8 building. Sightreading is helpful but not mandatory.

The concert will be held May 6, during which time the chorus will be performing a medley from the Leonard Bernstein Broadway musical “West Side Story,” as well as other selections.

Parking is free, on campus, for chorus members.

For information about joining the chorus, call Steve Friedman at (718) 338-9132. You can also visit them on Facebook.

Dr. Raymond Wheeler conducts The Community Wind Ensemble & Concert Band. Credit: Chestnut Brass Company / Paul Nixdorf

Under the direction of Conductor Mark Mangini, the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, together with The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Raymond Wheeler, will be performing their annual holiday concert at Kingsborough Community College’s Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, December 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Among the works being performed by the chorus will be a medley from the Broadway musical “Oliver!”, as well as works by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and other holiday favorites.

Admission is free, and parking (on campus) is also free. No tickets are required, and seating is first-come first-served.

For more, call the Kingsborough Community College Box Office at (718) 368-5596.

As if the city’s bike lane battles weren’t serious enough – what with top-less protests, Holocaust comparisons, and misplaced priorities - Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz kicked it up a notch by skewering the city’s bike line obsession, and fanatical proponents, in a song and dance routine. Literally.

Joining the cast of Symphony Space’s political cabaret Thalia Follies during the production’s first Brooklyn performance, Marty Markowitz took to the stage to voice the plight of Brooklyn drivers, besieged by the city’s fast-and-furious implementation of lane alterations citywide. Bus lanes and bike lanes and sidewalk cafe lanes – all given a tribute of sort to the tune of “Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.

“Strollers and schlepers and skaters and joggers,/ Holiday lanes just for all the egg-noggers,/ Let’s not forget cars, it’s getting insane./ Welcome to Brooklyn the borough of lanes,” Markowitz crooned in his Elmer Fudd-like voice.

Keep reading to find out the backstory.

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