Brooklyn Academy of Music

30 Lafayette Avenue (between St. Felix Street and Ashland Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is America's oldest performing arts center. Since opening in 1861, it has presented the finest in traditional and contemporary performing arts. Today BAM's mission is twofold: to present artists of international stature who have a cutting-edge artistic vision; and to serve Brooklyn's ethnically diverse population. BAM accomplishes these goals through numerous innovative offerings.

The Next Wave Festival, BAM's fall flagship event, focuses on artists probing new and emerging areas of the performing arts. Since beginning in 1983, it has been the nation's showcase for contemporary performing arts. Performers have ranged from emerging artists to established legends and have included Robert Wilson, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Philip
Glass, Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wupertal and many others.

BAM Opera started in 1989 to promote innovation in opera and musical theater. Notable productions have included "Nixon in China" and "The Death of Klinghoffer," both collaborations by composer John Adams, director Peter Sellars and choreographer Mark Morris; and Lully's "Atys," performed by the Paris ensemble Les Arts Florissants.

Each spring DanceAfrica, a week-long celebration of African-American dance, music and culture, features companies such as the African Heritage Drummers and Dancers, Chuck Davis Dance Company and the Dinizulu African Dancers, Drummers and Singers. BAM also features the popular "Performing Arts Program for Young People" and regular concerts by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.

Many renowned performers have appeared at BAM since its opening, including Isadora Duncan, Enrico Caruso, Sarah Bernhardt and Arturo Toscanini. In its early years BAM was also an important lecture site, bringing in Booker T. Washington, Mark Twain and Henry Stanley, with his account of the discovery of Dr. Livingston, among others. Today its programs fill four performance
spaces: the Opera House, the Carey Playhouse, Lepercq Space and the nearby Majestic Theater, an unusual converted movie house located at 651 Fulton Street.


Hours: Box Office: Monday-Friday 10 am-5:30 pm; no performances July-September
Admission: Various ticket prices; discounts for seniors, youths (21 and under), group sales and TDF
Giftshop Open during performances: CDs, programs, BAM T-shirts, mugs, etc.
Food Service Simple fare, sandwiches and snacks offered during performances
Disability Access: Fully accessible

Directions: Subway: B, Q, N, R or M to Dekalb Avenue; A or C to Lafayette Avenue; G to Fulton Street; 2, 3, 4, 5, D, Q or M to Atlantic Avenue; B, Nor R to Pacific Street; Bus: B25, B52 to Fulton Street and Fort Green Place; B26 to Fulton Street and Ashland Place; B45 to Flatbush Avenue and Livingston Street; B38 to Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue; B41 to
Flatbush Avenue and Lafayette Avenue; B37 to Third Avenue and Schermerhorn Street;

BAM Bus for Opera House and Majestic Theater events only: leaves for BAM from East 51st Street and Lexington Avenue (Manhattan); after performance BAM Bus makes return stops in Greenwich Village, Midtown, Upper East and Upper West Sides, to 86th Street ($4 one way)

Parking: On-site lot, across Lafayette Avenue

Landmark Status: National Register of Historic Places, New York City Landmark City-owned, privately operated

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