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VIDEO: Yasiin Bey, the Brooklyn Phil and Magic at Restoration Plaza

A "Bed-Stuy Tradition" lives on

The Brooklyn Philharmonic on Saturday wrapped its season and also concluded its Bed-Stuy series, a year-long creative partnership with , with a dedication to the music of the legendary singer, actress and Bed-Stuy native Lena Horne.

Thousands crowded into the plaza at Restoration Corporation to witness what was truly a unique collaboration between Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), vocalist Leslie Uggams, the Brooklyn Phil and the young string players of the .

Under the artistic direction of Alan Pierson, the evening’s players remixed the aggressive energy and charged lyrics of hip hop with the classic ballads of the Ms. Horne, along with the peerless voice of Ms. Ugamms and the revolutionary music of Beethoven.

On a balmy Saturday evening in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the best of so many different artistic genres, influences and cultures came together to create magic. The weather was perfect, as the free-flowing breezes kissed everyone with the sounds strings, woodwind, percussions and horns.

The Brooklyn Philharmonic fittingly called the performance “a Bed-Stuy tradition,” and Restoration called it “phenomenal.”

More than anything, however, the evening was a reminder for all of those fortunate enough to experience it, that when it comes to culture, resourcefulness and creativity, Bed-Stuy will always do. And never die.

Nikita B. June 11, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I wish I knew about this event. I would've enjoyed it!
C. Zawadi Morris June 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Nikita: http://patch.com/A-tDYV http://patch.com/A-tWgQ Check in with Bed-Stuy Patch regularly, to stay in the know about all of the great events going on in the neighborhood.
SuF June 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM
I had an obligation to attend another event (but had *really* wanted to go to this one), so thank you very much for the great video about it!
Robert E. Cornegy Jr June 12, 2012 at 02:18 PM
This presented a great opportunity for my to educate my children on the origins of Hip Hop in a venue that is home to them. We also sat next to Dante' aka Mos Def aka Yassiin's mom Umi who we have know for a few years. Not to mention it gave the kids a chance to see the instuments tthey love, drums and bass respectively emote classical, r&b, and hip hop what range!!
brooklyn mom June 22, 2012 at 06:59 PM
The kids of the Noel Pointer Foundation were great! What a great opportunity for them!!

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