March 7, 2015
YPC Gala
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater

The annual gala of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City supports a program that has touched and transformed the lives of thousands of children of all cultural and economic backgrounds for the past 28 years. Each year YPC’s program of diversity and artistic excellence reaches over 1,400 children, expanding the horizons of its members not only musically, but also academically and socially. The YPC Scholarship Fund supplements or covers tuition for any chorus member in need, and its College Bound program provides mentoring and counseling to ensure that every YPC graduate goes on to higher education. Now with YPC’s move into its new home YPC welcomes new and limitless opportunities to strengthen and grow its model both within the city’s communities and beyond.

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Young People's Chorus of New York City, Francisco J. Núñez, Founder/Artistic Director
News & Events 2015-2016

NEWS from PREVIOUS SEASONS: 

 

YPC's Transient Glory III to be featured on WWFM The Classical Network's Sounds Choral Program
Monday, February, 29

“Listen Live” to a special hour-long Sounds Choral program featuring YPC’s new Transient Glory III CD on Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m. at wwfm.org The Classical Network hosted by Marjorie Herman. (The program will be repeated on Monday, February 29, at midnight)

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Gala Box Office Opens Monday, February 1

Get ready. Tickets for YPC's Gala concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center go on sale this Monday, February 1.


Concert tickets, ranging from $35 to $500, will be available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office at 60th Street and Broadway, by calling CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, or atwww.jalc.org.

BeBe Winans
BeBe Winans
Dorinda Clark-Cole


The March 7 Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala features special guests, the multi-Grammy Award-winning BeBe Winans, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Hezekiah Walker - some of today's biggest gospel stars - joining YPC and The New York Pops. This year's Gala promises to be one of the most exciting in the history of the Young People's Chorus of New York City.

The program of Gospel, Classical, Latin, Musical Theater, and Motown will clearly demonstrate why YPC is known worldwide for its virtuosity and brilliant showmanship. 



Young People's Chorus of New York City


The entire gala evening - the concert in the Rose Theater, followed immediately by a reception in the Mandarin Oriental - will be a celebration of YPC's Gala honoree, Steve Kuhn, a Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer, of Pine River Capital Management.

More information is available at www.ypc.org/gala.

 

 

 

Francisco J. Nez Is Guest of Gale A. Brewer
in her State of the Borough Event
Sunday, January 31

Francisco J. Núñez was excited to have been invited by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer to join Kharry Lazarre White, co-founder of The Brotherhood / SisterSOL; Sumie Okazaki, a fellow at the Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families; and Marc Murphy, a chef and TV personality to take part in the Manhattan State of the Borough event on Sunday, January 31, in a discussion of the intersection of youth, culture, and other issues of interest to Manhattanites. The event took place at 2 p.m. at the New School,  Tishman Auditorium.

The State of the Borough event was televised live in Manhattan on MMN: Channel 34 on Time Warner Cable and Channel 33 on FIOS and can be viewed www.mnn.org.


 

 

YPC reprised Epiphany at FERUS Festival January 15

Epiphany, The Cycle of Life, which was premiered by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) in BAM’s Next Wave Festival in November, was reprised in a concert version conducted by YPC Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez on Friday, January 15, at 7 p.m. as part of VisionIntoArt’s (VIA) third annual FERUS Festival, being held for the first time at National Sawdust.

A moving and mystical journey of the soul into the afterlife, Epiphany - a collaboration between YPC and VIA - was conceived by filmmaker Ali Hossaini following the death of his mother.  Featuring music by Paola Prestini, Zimbabwean artist Netsayi Chigwendere, and Sarah Kirkland Snider, it was described by Musical America as “a showcase for lovely and refined musicmaking by composers and performers alike.” 

Epiphany shared the evening’s bill with a reimagining of VIA’s Lullaby Movement, a work of collected ancient and modern lullabies from diverse cultural, migrant and refugee communities.

National Sawdust
80 North Sixth Street
Brooklyn, NY

 

 

 

Young People's Chorus of New York City Gave Free
Neighborhood Concert at New York Hall of Sciene
Sunday, January 10, at 2p.m.

 

Fresh from its holiday appearance singing with Jimmy Fallon and Roots on The Tonight Show, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City gave its first performance of 2016 in the Viscusi Gallery of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow, Queens, on Sunday, January 10, at 2 p.m. as part of Carnegie Hall’s series of Neighborhood Concerts.

Internationally renowned for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, YPC was conducted by Elizabeth Núñez in a program that includes children’s classics, musical theater, and folk music from around the world.

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens

 

 

 

YPC Featured on Performance Today! on American Public Media
Thursday, December 31

Tune in to the first hour of Performance Today! on December 31 to hear a repeat broadcast of YPC's visit to the MPR studio in fall 2014.

 

 

YPC singing at Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

 

 

 

YPC on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

 

 

Winter Concert Recap

YPC held its 28th holiday program in two completely sold-out concerts at the 92nd Street on Sunday. In an exciting celebration of holiday music and traditions representing the multicultural communities in New York City, two exuberantly enthusiastic audiences were treated to a holiday tour of the city by over 400 happy and bright YPC chorus members. They were led by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, Associate Conductor Elizabeth Núñez, Assistant Conductors Maria Peña and Caitlin Dobmeier, and Conducting Fellows Kari Francis, and Sonny Willis. As a special treat, YPC's community chorus in Washington Heights - YPCWH - opened the matinee performance.

Before the holiday break YPC will be making even more appearances: at St. Patrick's Cathedral and in Washington Heights, as well as on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and on the annual Christmas Day program of CNN's New Day.

But here first is a look back at YPC's Winter Concert:


Young People's Chorus of New York City
at Washington Heights

YPC's Prelude Chorus 

YPC's Intermezzo Chorus

YPC's Cantare Chorus

YPC's Young Men and Amani

YPC's Concert Chorus

YPC Conductors and Chorus Members Wish Everyone a HAPPY HOLIDAY

 

 

 

YPC Holiday Celebrations

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
(Fifth Avenue and 51st Street)

36th Annual "A City Singing at Christmas"

The Young People's Chorus of New York City and Francisco J. Núñez join the Queens College Choir, the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir, the Cathedral Organ, and New York Symphonic Brass in this joyful celebration of Christmas, which closes by candle light with all in attendance joining together to sing Silent Night.

Admission is FREE. Come early for best seats. For those unable to attend, the performance will be streamed live at saintpatrickscathedral.org/live.

 

 

Friday, December 18, 2015, 11:35 p.m.
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
on NBC-TV

 

 

 

Sunday, December 20, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
The Church of The Intercession
Broadway at West 155th Street
New York's Oldest Christmas Tradition

The Young People's Chorus of New York City at Washington Heights (YPCWH) performed in a musical prelude to the annual holiday candlelight reading of Clement Clarke Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from Saint Nicholas)." Following the reading, audience members joined in a lantern procession and wreath-laying ceremony at Clement Moore's mausoleum at Trinity Church, across the street from The Church of the Intercession.

Christmas Day, December 25, 2015,
6:00-9:00 a.m.
CNN New Day

Chris Cuomo, Alisyn Camerota, and Michaela Pereira on CNN's annual Christmas Show, featuring the Young People's Chorus of New York City conducted by Francisco J. Núñez on Christmas morning.

 

 

 

Audiences can continue to enjoy holiday music at home with YPC's CoolSide of Yuletide, an entire album of specially arranged holiday classics and new holiday songs available on CD Baby, Amazon.com, and iTunes.

Perfect for holiday gift-giving is Transient Glory III, YPC's brand-new recording, - A WQXR "Q2 Album of the Week," available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and Bang on a Can.

Newly released on November 13 on Bang on a Can's Cantaloupe Music label, this album -- featuring six extraordinary works YPC has commissioned from John Corigliano, Paquito D'Rivera, Michael Gordon, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley, and Bora Yoon -- is ideal for holiday giving.

Leave a comment about these albums on the iTunes and Amazon websites.

 

Transient Glory III Composer Spotlight
Bora Yoon's Semaphore Conductus - From Conch Shells to Cell Phones

Bora Yoon's Semaphore Conductor is among six remarkable Transient Glory compositions commissioned and premiered by the Young People's Chorus of New York City on Transient Glory III, released Friday, November 13. It is the first YPC album to be released on the Cantaloupe Music label, the first to be distributed worldwide, and the most diverse among all of its recordings. 

Bora Yoon accompanies YPC vocally and 
instrumentally in the premiere of 
Semaphore Conductus at the 
Miller Theater in 2008

Bora Yoon, an ingeniously imaginative and visionary composer, is actually a member of the YPC family. She sang with the YPC Chamber Singers, a chorus created in the early 2000's for young professionals, and in addition, was an instructor in YPC's Satellite Schools program. So when Francisco Núñez saw a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal about Bora Yoon's using cell phones as musical instruments, he asked her to write a piece for treble choir and cell phone for YPC's Transient Glory new music series. Bora, who creates immersive audiovisual soundscapes using digital devices, voice, and found objects, accepted the commission, but had ideas that went way beyond a cell phone.

"Phones are really just a tool and means of communication and expression over great distances, time, and place," she thought. "How can I make this piece 'more timeless'?"

Her thinking resulted in Semaphore Conductus, an electroacoustic choral work, inspired by the conduction of energy and the musical language of signals performed within a sound design of shortwave radio number transmissions, Morse code, cell phone sounds, and heartbeats. It is sung in surround formation around the audience with live and playback components to create a dimensional stereophonic performance piece representing how communication has evolved over time from the days when the conch shell was utilized to "throw" one's voice from one place to another.

Why did Bora call her piece Semaphore Conductus?

Bora explains that she connected the idea of movement of sound and communication with techniques found in early music, such as antiphonal choirs and the use of hocket (which passes a phrase from one singer to another). This led her to relate the word "conductus," the sacred early song form, to how "conduction" works in electricity, energy, and transmission. "So in this work," she says, "the conductor, or rather 'conductionist,' is the central point of transmission to the choristers and electronics, using gestural movements-or "semaphore"-to produce a soundfield of signals, harmonies, and music, from the air.

"Semaphore Conductus," says Bora, "speaks to the notion of music as a universal and timeless medium for communication, resonance, and expression - across distances, formats, and time."



Hear Bora Yoon's Semaphore Conductus or the entire Transient Glory III CD

Transient Glory, a commissioning series for young people, was created by Francisco Núñez in 2001 to spotlight the YPC as a creative source of inspiration and a glorious instrument for interpreting the work of the world's leading composers. The other works on this album are Another Secret eQuationby Terry Riley (with special guests Kronos Quartet), Things Heaven and Hell by Meredith Monk, Every Stop on the F Trainby Michael Gordon with video by Bill Morrison, One Sweet Morning by John Corigliano, and Tembandumba by Paquito D'Rivera.

See a video about Transient Glory III, including Bora Yoon, here.

Francisco Núñez conducts YPC


YPC Awarded First Place in Euroradio Choral Competition

YPC has done it again! YPC and Francisco Núñez returned from Munich, Germany, on Monday, October 12, where they were hosted by BR Klassik, with a first-place win in the Children and Youth Category after a flawless performance in the 2015 European Broadcasting Network's Let the Peoples Sing competition, among the most prestigious choral competitions in all of Europe. YPC is the first American chorus ever to place first in the competition's 54-year history.


After Sunday's competition performances among YPC, the Aarhus Girls' Chorus from Denmark and the Romanian Radio Children's Choir, the judges named the Danish choir the winner. However, on Monday morning, the judges rethought their initial decision and determined that the American chorus should tie with the Danish choir for first place in the Children's and Youth category.

Francisco and the choristers received the news while 35,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean on their return flight to New York. Tears and cheers ensued!!


Happy faces arrive at JFK Airport on Monday
Happy faces arrive at JFK Airport on Monday


Enjoy the entire competition by clicking here. YPC's first-place-winning performance is at Time Code: 18:00.


 

 

YPC Loved Munich

YPC is grateful to American Public Media for selecting YPC to represent the United States in this incredible experience, something the 36 girls from the Concert Chorus and staff from YPC will never forget.




In addition to intensive rehearsals, they had time to see the sights of Munich and to meet so many friendly people, including their hosts from Bavarian radio and television station Bayerischer Rundfunk and choir members from eight other countries.

Throughout their stay YPC was followed by BR Klassik, which ran the following news clip:




On Saturday, the day before the competition itself, a great choral get-together was held at the acoustically magnificent University for Music and Theater Munich, featuring the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, one of the best professional choirs in the world, and all of the competition finalists, where YPC had the wonderful opportunity to sing a 15-minute program demonstrating the wide spectrum of its repertoire and abilities.

On Saturday, the day before the competition itself, a great choral get-together was held at the acoustically magnificent University for Music and Theater Munich, featuring the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, one of the best professional choirs in the world, and all of the competition finalists, where YPC and the wonderful opportunity to sing a 15-minute program demonstrating the wide spectrum of its repertoire and abilities.

 

 

NEW Transient Glory III to be Released November 13

With the November 13 release of Transient Glory III the third installment in its flagship recording project, YPC is proud to be a part of Bang on a Can's Cantaloupe Music family and grateful to its founders Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon, whose Every Stop on the F Train is a part of this album.


Transient Glory III
 is the first of the Transient Glory recordings to be distributed worldwide and the most diverse in the YPC catalog. It comprises five compositions commissioned by YPC fromJohn CoriglianoPaquito D'RiveraMichael GordonMeredith Monk, and Bora Yoon and one -Terry Riley'Another Secret eQuation - co-commisisoned by YPC and the Kronos Quartet. In his review of the first Transient Glory album, WNYC's resident music guru John Schaefer encapsulated what makes this series so special: "While the project title itself acknowledges the fleeting beauty of the voices that these pieces were written for, there are some real gems here, works of character and substance that could potentially endure for many years."

 

 

YPC Heads for Munich, Germany

This week the Young People's Chorus of New York City will fly to Munich to sing on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, in the European Broadcasting Union's Euroradio International Choral Competition performances. YPC was selected by American Public Media (APM) as the only U.S. chorus to represent the United States in these performances.

Sunday's performance will be streamed live from several European radio stations, including BBC, Danish, Romanian, Swedish, Austrian, Lithuanian, and Bavarian State Radio. The performance begins at 7:05 p.m. (Munich time), and it is possible the broadcast may be available to access on those websites here in America at 1:05 p.m. (Eastern Time in the U.S.).

 

 

NEW Transient Glory III to be Released November 13

On Sunday, September 27, Associate Conductor Elizabeth Núñez welcomed 140 choristers, alumnae, and professional women (WIT Pros) to the Grand Hyatt Hotel for YPC's second annual WIT Conference. WIT "Women Inspiring Tomorrow," a mentorship program for high school girls, was founded by Elizabeth last season and is one of several programs that go beyond music to fulfill the children's potential and inspire excellence in everything they do. For young women, in particular, the need is especially important to build the kind of self-confidence that will empower them as they navigate their way through school, career, and family.

Elizabeth Núñez addresses the audience
Elizabeth Núñez addresses the audience



To prepare the choristers for this conference, a "WITiquette" session was held several days beforehand advising chorus members how to dress for the conference and how to mingle. Leading the discussion were two volunteers from Travelers - Lisa Tepper and Angela Korolis - and YPC alumnae Stephanie Preiss and Charlotte Lyshoir.

On Sunday "Gravitas Guru" Raleigh Mayer set the tone by teaching everyone the most impactful way of introducing themselves and the right way to shake hands.

Lisa Tepper helps Raleigh Mayer demonstrate a dynamic handshake
Lisa Tepper helps Raleigh Mayer demonstrate
a dynamic handshake

 




Zara Atal, a YPC alumna from the class of 2010, gave an inspiring talk about her surprising (even to her) career path, which has now led to her work in academic medical science research. She advised her listeners to take every opportunity to explore anything and everything and closed with the challenge for every woman present:  "Don't box us in!"

Zara Atal addresses WIT audience
Zara Atal addresses WIT audience





A panel discussion followed, featuring three remarkable professional women speaking about subjects valuable to young women beginning their careers, such as the advantages and hazards of social media; how mentors have influenced and shaped their careers, and gender inequality. 

The panel comprised Corey Beck - Investment Analyst at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Erin Billups - Health Reporter at Time Warner Cable's NY1 News and YPC alumna; and Stefanie Kane - Assurance Partner of Entertainment, Media, and Communications at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

WIT panel discussion (l-r) Corey Beck, Erin Billups, Stefanie Kane, and Elizabeth Núñez
WIT panel discussion
(l-r) Corey Beck, Erin Billups, Stefanie Kane, and Elizabeth Núñez



Panelists Corey Black and Erin Billups
Panelists Corey Beck and Erin Billups
Panelists Stefanie Kane and Erin Billups
Panelists Stefanie Kane and Erin Billups

The attendees loved the event and agreed the information really hit home. 

Some comments:

Noa said: "I think it was really cool to hear about the ways the women are fighting gender inequalities in their jobs."

A comment that really struck Sarea was: "The answer is always 'no' unless you ask." 

Brianne said, "Talking to real people who had gone through it and done it successfully even with some slight detours along the way, was a great way to boost my confidence."

Thalia felt "it was a great way to learn about women in the workforce and how to interact with other people." 

Alyssa said, "I came here today because I want to feel empowered. I want to believe in myself, push myself and grow more this year."

Lisa Tepper, who came with three of her colleagues from Travelers said, "This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with these young women. Mentors were very important to me in what I have been able to accomplish. Now, I want to share my experience to help others achieve their dreams."

iKeerti thought was really nice to be able to talk to people at different stages of their lives. "People had a lot of great advice to give about college and about jobs and just finding what you're passionate about and doing it."

Bethany enjoyed hearing about the balance between these women and their family lives and their careers and how they're able to balance both and be successful in both. 


To close the program, all gathered to sing Give Us Hope.
To close the program, all gathered to sing Give Us Hope.


 

Here are additional photos from the WIT Conference.

Choristers Alyssa, Janell, and CharlizeChoristers Alyssa, Janell, and Charlize WIT Pros Christina and Olugbemisola flank YPC alumna Nzinga
WIT Pros Christina and Olugbemisola flank
YPC alumna Nzinga
(l-r)Gabriella from Travelers with choristers Cierra, Noa, Alexa,  Danielle, Elvira, and Tiffany
(l-r)Gabriella from Travelers with choristers Cierra, Noa, Alexa, Danielle, Elvira, and Tiffany
(l-r) Choristers Jamila, Sofia, Brianne, and Kelli, with Angela from Travelers(l-r) Choristers Jamila, Sofia, Brianne, and Kelli, with Angela from Travelers

 




Photos by Stephanie Berger

 

 

 

YPC Sings for Pope Francis at 9/11 Memorial and Museum

On Friday, September 25, the Young People's Chorus of New York city was invited by the Archdiocese of New York to sing for Pope Francis at the multi-religious gathering seen worldwide from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. YPC was especially honored, as the pope's message of unity and inclusiveness is the mission on which YPC was founded 27 years ago.

Under the director of Francisco J. Núñez, the YPC choristers sang a special arrangement of Let There Be Peace on Earth before an audience included representatives of world religions.

Young People's Chorus of New York City Sings for Pope Francis
Young People's Chorus of New York City Sings for Pope Francis


Click here to see the performance.



Photo by Jin Lee

 

                                

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