The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is America’s oldest performing arts theater and is an active stage for performing arts, media, and film. The Academy presents a wide variety of programs each year, showcasing some of the nation’s best and most talented artists. From theater and cinema to opera and dance, there’s truly something for everyone! Here are some of our favorite Brooklyn Academy of Music events.
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A Brief History of the Brooklyn Academy of Music
The first BAM events were concerts performed by the Philharmonic Society of Brooklyn in the late 1800s. They were held at the Academy’s original location on Montague Street, which was home to a small concert hall and a 2,000-seat theater. After the building burned to the ground in 1903, another building opened on Lafayette Avenue in 1908. Many famous and talented artists of their day performed at both buildings.
During World War II, support for the arts declined and Brooklyn Academy of Music events dwindled. But in 1967, Harvey Lichtenstein became executive director and revitalized the Academy. Lichtenstein led the company for 32 years, and today, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is an internationally recognized cultural center with several performing spaces and many events.
Upcoming Brooklyn Academy of Music Events
The Next Wave Festival
The groundbreaking Next Wave Festival has been showcasing some of the city’s finest avant-garde music, theater, opera, and dance since 1983. The event features the work of both emerging artists and modern masters and is typically held from September to the end of December. Read our blog for details!
BAM also offers a wide range of cultural festivals and programs. Past performances include the DanceAfrica Festival, R&B Festival, TransCultural Express, the ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, and more. View the Brooklyn Academy of Music events calendar online to see what’s coming up.
BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp Building houses the 2,000 seat Howard Gilman Opera House and BAM Rose Cinemas. It’s a “U” shaped building with an open court in the center of two theater wings. The building is located within the Fort Greene Historic District. BAM performances take place at the Howard Gilman Opera House, the 900-seat Harvey, and the Fisher, a dynamic space with a theater, classrooms, and rehearsal spaces.
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