BAM Combines Forces with Barclays, Forms Barclays Academy of Music

06/30/2011 2:30 PM |

Derek Jacobi rocks the court as King Lear at the Barclays Academy of Music.
  • Derek Jacobi rocks the court as King Lear at the Barclays Academy of Music.

In an announcement this morning the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Barclays Center of Brooklyn revealed a curatorial collaboration through which BAM will recommend “unique shows from throughout the world” to be performed in the 18,000 seat arena. The collaboration is aimed at attracting only productions that would be making their New York City debuts—otherwise we’d already have one suggestion.

In a press release announcing the collabo, we learn that BAM would be making suggestions rather than actually booking shows for the arena, which will open atop the Atlantic Avenue rail yards at Atlantic and Flatbush on September 28, 2012:

BAM will recommend several artistic event options for the Barclays Center, such as distinctive, large-scale music, dance, and theater productions—all to make premieres in New York—and will facilitate communication between the arena and the artistic companies.

BAM president Karen Brooks Hopkins offers an optimistic view of the Barclays-BAM team up:

We are very pleased to contribute to the Barclays Center’s offerings by identifying spectacular large scale, artistically-driven events that have never been seen in New York City. Through these events, BAM will have the opportunity to work on a giant canvas, and the Barclays Center will distinguish itself as a venue for unique programming well beyond the traditional arena fare.

Meanwhile, Barclays CEO Brett Yormark provides this eye-rolling-inducing, superlatives-laced quotation:

From concerts to family shows, from college sports to boxing, and, of course, to NETS basketball, we have already confirmed more than 150 events per year and we fully expect to host more than 200 events annually. It makes great strategic sense to align with our neighbor, BAM, and continue to bring the best of everything to Brooklyn.

You hear that, speculative sports bar owners? Big arena events drawing thirsty spectators by the thousands two out of every three days. Buy in while you still can!