BAM Announces New Artistic Director and Fall Season Events

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has announced the program for the Fall 2024 season, along with their new musical director, Amy Cassello. Since 2013, Cassello has filled several roles for BAM, including programming, artistic director, and producer. During her decade-long run, Cassello produced and oversaw numerous concerts, plays, festivals, and series at BAM.

This fall, BAM will host a multidisciplinary variety of programs, including plays, poetry readings, multimedia demonstrations, dance shows, holiday concert series, and a new set of in-house resident musicians. Among the events is this year’s rendition of Next Wave, an arts showcase contextualizing the artistic visions projected for the near future. Also featured this year is the return of BAMboo!, The Best of BAMkids Film Festival, and a film program featuring repertory screenings alongside new releases.

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Amy Cassello, Artistic Director, BAM Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York, June 7, 2024. Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

Each year, the Next Wave 2024 & Emerging Visions events represent dynamic elements integral to BAM’s path into the future. With a renewed focus on works-in-process, increased presentations from the Global South, and greater investment in presenting partnerships, Next Wave and Emerging Visions support musicians and artists from all over the country. These events provide artists with the space and resources necessary to showcase their hard work and serve as a reminder to all that BAM will always welcome creative visionaries, no matter where they are from or where they trained.

This is an exciting moment for BAM as we bridge our past with our future. Amy is a deep thinker who considers the needs of artists and arts workers at every turn. As a longstanding BAM programmer and creative producer, she intimately understands our role in the arts ecosystem. I could not have a better partner in leading BAM’s artistic programming at this pivotal moment.

Gina Duncan, BAM President

This year’s Next Wave presents well-known creators who bring their groundbreaking theater, music, poetry, multi-media, and dance to the BAM stage. Works being presented at Next Wave include Bill T. Jones’s Still/Here, Hanif Abdurraqib’s election week poetry program honoring the legacy of June Jordan, Dana Gingras’ Frontera, Guillermo Cacace’s Gaviota, Tiago Rodrigues’ Catarina and the Beauty of Killing Fascists, Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens’ American Railroad, Liquid Music’s Sun Dogs, Modesto Flako Jimenez’s Mercedes, Part 1, Journey LIVE with American Composers Orchestra, and ONX Studio’s TECHNE

Among the new works being presented at BAM, the theatre has also announced its resident artists for the 2024 season. This year’s BAM residents include Baba Oludaré, Hope Boykin, Mayfield Brooks, Delano Burrowes, Kayla Hamilton, Soomi Kim, and Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre. 

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Below are the dates for Emerging Visions and Next Wave. For more information and tickets, visit BAM’s website here.

Emerging Visions

Sep 17—Oct 20: Safety Not Guaranteed, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, with music by Guster’s Ryan Miller 

Oct 24—27: Preview performances of a new play, Reconstructing (Still Working but the Devil Might Be Inside), directed by Rachel Chavkin and Zhailon Levingston 

Next Wave 2024 – BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave Brooklyn

Oct 25—27 Music engagement (to be announced June 26)
Oct 30—Nov 2 Bill T. Jones’s Still/Here
Nov 5—9 Hanif Abdurraqib’s I Guess It Was My Destiny To Live So Long poetry series
Nov 8 & 9 Dana Gingras’ Frontera
Nov 13—23 Guillermo Cacace’s Gaviota
Nov 13—17 Tiago Rodrigues’ Catarina and the Beauty of Killing Fascists
Nov 18 & 19 Liquid Music’s Sun Dogs with Alarm Will Sound
Nov 23 Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens’ American Railroad
Dec 3—8 Modesto Jimenez’s Mercedes, Part 1
Dec 6 & 7 Journey LIVE with American Composers Orchestra
Jan 4—19 ONX Studio’s TECHNE

Holiday Offerings 

Dec 12—22: Mark Morris Dance Group’s The Hard Nut 
TBD: Music engagement 

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