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Hold up: Outgoing Brooklyn Academy of Music President Karen Brooks Hopkins speaks at a gala in her honor on April 29.
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Name tag cake: A caterer lays out cake at the gala celebrating outgoing Brooklyn Academy of Music President Karen Brooks Hopkins on April 29.
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Say my name: The cake at a gala for outgoing Brooklyn Academy of Music President Karen Brooks Hopkins did not leave much to the imagination.
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Brooklyn Academy of Music Executive Producer Joseph Melillo gives a send-off to outgoing president Karen Brooks Hopkins on April 29.
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Here here: Attendees give a round of applause at a gala for outgoing Brooklyn Academy of Music President Karen Brooks Hopkins on April 29.
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Prez to prez: Borough President Adams shines light on the tenure of outgoing Brooklyn Academy of Music President Karen Brooks Hopkins on April 29.
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Tune time: DJ team AndrewAndrew keeps the music flowing at a gala in honor of outgoing Brooklyn Academy of Music President Karen Brooks Hopkins on April 29.

Pols and Brooklyn’s cultural elite packed Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Duggal Greenhouse for a gala celebrating the three-and-a-half decades of service from outgoing Brooklyn Academy of Music President Karen Brooks Hopkins on April 29.

The festivities included performances by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, gospel singer Mavis Staples, and a set by disc jockey duo AndrewAndrew.

Hopkins has been at the Fort Greene arts institute since 1979, when she joined as a development officer. She took the reins along with Executive Producer Joseph Melillo in 1999, and oversaw the academy as it became a cultural bedrock in the borough. She is set to be succeeded by Katy Clark, the current head of a Manhattan chamber orchestra, who will take the reins at the end of June.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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