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A requiem for youth never sounded so good.

The Kronos Quartet, the nearly forty-year-old group popularly known for their performance of the haunting soundtrack to “Requiem For A Dream,” is teaming up with the kids of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, whose warm and bright voices have collaborated with the likes of Philip Glass and Barbra Streisand.

“I can think of no better way to project our hope for the future than to share the stage with these marvelous singers,” said Kronos founder and violinist David Harrington.

The string quartet first played with the youth chorus last year when the world-famous string ensemble performed on the anniversary of 9/11 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The group needed a chorus for a piece called “Winter is Hard” and hooked up with Brooklyn Youth Chorus for a successful performance.

“We were hired for that based on our reputation and after that developed a very mutual respect and appreciation for each other,” said Dianne Berkun-Menaker, the founder and artistic director of the youth chorus.

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, formed in 1992, gives kids an opportunity to practice their voice on pieces by some of the most well-known contemporary composers, as well as the classics. The show with Kronos, which is a gala and benefit concert for the youth organization, will include works by Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and Bryce Dessner of the National.

Kronos Quartet and Brooklyn Youth Chorus at Roulette [509 Atlantic Ave. at Third Avenue in Boerum Hill, (917) 267–0363, roulette.org]. May 7, 8 pm, $40.

Concert and the pre-show benefit gala at the Green Building [452 Union St. at Bond Street in Gowanus, (718) 243–9447, www.brooklynyouthchorus.org]. 5:30 pm, $375

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