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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Sufjan's "BQE" In Brooklyn

This afternoon I'll be heading up to Brooklyn for a concert featuring singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. I'm a big fan and have been for about the past two years. His music is hard to describe. It's an eclectic blend of folk and rock with classical influences and more. Tonight's concert feature a 30 minute composition entitled "BQE," which focuses on the roadway by the same name that cuts through the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City. Here's some of what the Brooklyn Academy Of Music has to say about the work, which BAM commissioned:

BAM presents singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens
in the world premiere of the 25th Next Wave
commissioned work The BQE—a 30-minute
symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York
City’s infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
A controversial roadway since its inception in
the 1930s, the BQE tears through 11.7
miles of Brooklyn and Queens, severing neighborhoods,
pillaging industrial yards, and contouring waterways with the brute force of modern urban planning.
I'm sure it will be a fantastic concert. All three performances have been sold out.

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