Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)Brooklyn Academy of Music is recognized internationally as a preeminent, progressive cultural center. Its facilities feature the Howard Gilman Opera House (2109 seats) and the Harvey Lichtenstein Theater (874 seats).
BAM's current programming consists of the Next Wave Festival each fall (which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2002); a spring season of international opera, theater, and dance; a comprehensive Education & Humanities program, and a variety of community programs. Recent additions include BAMcafé, a restaurant and live music venue, opened in 1997 in the third floor Lepercq Space, and BAM Rose Cinemas , a four-screen theater which opened in 1998. One screen is devoted to BAMcinématek, offering daily screenings of repertory classics and special festivals, with frequent guest speakers. The Shakespeare & Co. BAMshop features books, recordings, videos, and gift items geared to BAM's audiences.
In July 1999, Karen Brooks Hopkins became BAM's president, and Joseph V. Melillo, executive producer. Non-profit organizations affiliated with BAM include the Brooklyn Philharmonic, BAM's resident orchestra directed by Robert Spano which produces an annual season of concerts; and the BAM Local Development Corporation founded by Harvey Lichtenstein in 1998 to help create a mixed-use cultural district in Fort Greene.