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Celebrate Brooklyn! 2015 Opening Night Gala 6/3/15 CHAKA KHAN

Celebrate Brooklyn! 2015 Opening Night Gala

CB Gala

About the Celebration

BRIC is delighted to announce its Opening Night Gala to kick off the 37th season of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival. We hope you will join us for this unforgettable event. At the Gala, we will proudly honor David Berliner during a sunset dinner and concert to support our free, world-class programming at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

(Rain or shine)

Prospect Park Bandshell
Enter at 9th Street and Prospect Park West

Summer Cocktail Attire

5:30pm Cocktails & Dinner
7:00pm Award Presentation to David Berliner in the Gala Tent
8:15pm Opening Night Concert with Chaka Khan (free to the public)
10:00pm After Party with DJ Raydar Ellis
11:30pm The End

Free parking is available for Gala guests at the Bartel Lot at 15th Street and Prospect Park West. Ride your bike and park at our Bike Valet at 11th Street and Prospect Park West.


Gala Tickets

Click here to Purchase Tickets to the Gala

Tickets are not required for the Chaka Khan concert, which is free and open to the public. Gates will open at 6:30pm.


Honoring David Berliner

David Berliner

David Berliner is the Chief Operating Officer of Forest City Ratner Companies and a passionate supporter of the arts and art in public places. Mr. Berliner’s (and Forest City’s)  long-standing friendship with BRIC began in 1992 with Forest City’s  first development in Brooklyn, One Pierrepont Plaza, which housed BRIC’s Rotunda Gallery as its cultural component.

At Forest City Ratner, Mr. Berliner is responsible for overall corporate leadership and optimizing the diverse operating portfolio of the firm, which owns and operates 34 commercial, retail and residential properties in the New York metropolitan area.  A successful negotiator and problem-solver and a respected leader, Mr. Berliner has been integral to the growth and success of Forest City Ratner since joining the firm in 1989. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Berliner led complex negotiations to acquire the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team, and played an essential role in developing the team’s showpiece 18,000-seat Barclays Center arena and performance venue.

Given his love for and dedication to the arts, Mr. Berliner directed the curatorial arts program at Barclays Center, which features permanent commissioned works highlighting Brooklyn artists as well as inspiring exhibits. He is on the board of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where he serves as Treasurer. Mr. Berliner is also Chairman of the Board of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.  As a founding member of MSPC’s Curatorial Committee, he has been a key member of the advisory group that sources and evaluates proposals to commission work of contemporary artists to be exhibited in the popular park.


Performance by Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan

“Queen of Funk” Chaka Khan is an international music icon who has won ten Grammys and released 22 albums during her 40-year career and is celebrated around the world for her timeless and influential musical ability. She has collaborated with some of the most revered artists of the last five decades including Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Miles Davis, Mary J. Blige and Quincy Jones, among many others. Touching on many genres including R&B, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, country and classical, Chaka will set the Bandshell on fire with her burning soul/funk grooves and soaring vocals that touch the sky!

From the moment she burst onto the music scene in the 1970s as the 18-year-old lead singer of the multiracial band Rufus, her powerful voice and show-stopping stage presence set her apart from any other singer. Together with Rufus she released over ten albums that included hits such as “Sweet Thing” and “Tell Me Something Good.” She left Rufus five years later to launch a solo career that spanned over two decades, with continual acclaim due to hits “I’m Every Woman” and “Ain’t Nobody.” In the past fifteen years, Khan has continued to create and collaborate with other artists while also penning an autobiography, Chaka! Through the Fire, starring on Broadway and taking on philanthropic and entrepreneurial ventures.


After Party

Featuring DJ Raydar Ellis

Raydar Ellis

Let DJ Raydar Ellis spin you into a frenzy at our Opening Night After Party following Chaka Khan’s performance. The party includes an open bar with specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and bar snacks. Please note that admission is free for Gala guests and Tent-Level Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn!

Producer, DJ and rapper Raydar Ellis draws from hip hip and jazz to create a dance party atmosphere as dynamic and intricate as the work he produces in the studio.  He has worked with Mos Def, Questlove, Robert Glasper, Cee-Lo Green, Esperanza Spalding, Pharoahe Monch and Meshell Ndegeocello among others. At the After Party, he’ll keep the opening night festivities going with an energizing set sure to keep you dancing for hours.

Click here to purchase tickets to the After Party.

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