YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHORUS of NEW YORK CITY™ Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder
Francisco J. Núñez
Artistic Director / Founder
Elizabeth Núñez Associate Conductor
Founded by its artistic director Francisco J. Núñez in 1988 with a commitment to diversity and musical excellence, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City has more than fulfilled its promise. Annually serving more than 1,100 children from 7 to 18 through its core after-school program and its satellite program in nine of the city’s public schools, YPC has won cheers for its performances on three continents, singing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Smetana Hall in Prague and representing the United States at the Seventh World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto in 2005. The chorus, which returns to Japan in summer 2009 for a four-week tour of the country, was recently honored to sing for Pope Benedict XVI at Yankee Stadium on his first papal visit to the U.S. This past summer, the YPC won three gold medals in the 2008 World Choir Olympics in Graz, Austria, and the Cantare division of the YPC traveled to Powell River, British Columbia to take part in the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival. At the same time the YPC was spotlighted on PBS-TV’s “From the Top at Carnegie Hall,” a program that profiles America’s most extraordinary young musicians. The Young People’s Chorus of New York City—in residence at the 92nd Street Y; Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and WNYC, New York Public Radio—opened its 2008-09 season in the acclaimed New York premiere performances of Iannis Xenakis’ “Oresteia,” based on the epic tragedy by Aeschylus, and in November the newly formed YPC Boys’ Choir will perform in Leonard Bernstein’s “Kaddish Symphony” at Lincoln Center, as part of the citywide Bernstein tributes. Other highlights in YPC’s 2008-09 schedule include a national telecast of their Martin Luther King Day concert with the Boston Children’s Chorus; the chorus’ second collaboration with the Stephen Petronio Dance Company in a full evening-length work, “I Drink the Air Before Me,” with music by composer Nico Muhly in May; and a spring tour of upstate New York. This season YPC will introduce an exciting new collaboration with WNYC, New York Public Radio, entitled Radio Radiance. In live radio broadcasts, YPC will premiere new pieces of music, all of which incorporate radio technology as part of the music. The broadcasts will be accompanied by online study guides on both the WNYC and YPC Web sites. For several years, cities around the country have looked to the YPC program as a model, and now in Erie, Pennsylvania, the first affiliate of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City is recruiting members for the Young People’s Chorus of Erie, which begins holding rehearsals in January.
Young People’s Chorus of New York City, known as much for their showmanship as for their challenging and diverse repertoire, returns to the 92nd Street Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall for two unforgettable concerts.
SONGS OF THE SPIRIT A FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 7 p.m. 92nd Street Y Kaufmann Concert Hall All five divisions that make up the Young People’s Chorus of New York City—Prelude, Intermezzo, Cantare, Young Men and Concert Choruses—will be joined by MAYA, the compelling instrumental trio, in this family evening of holiday cheer. The festive program of music from many parts of the world will include several songs from the chorus’ new CD release “CoolSide of Yuletide.”
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SPRING CELEBRATION A FAMILY CONCERT June 2009 Heralding the coming of summer, all five divisions of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City will sing in YPC’s 12th annual spring concert at the 92nd Street Y. This special, family-friendly concert is a real celebration, as it will provide a first hearing of the music the chorus will sing on its fourweek tour of Japan, taking place just weeks following this concert. Join the celebration and give the chorus a rousing send-off.
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Transient Glory VIII ®
With special guests the San Francisco Girls Chorus Monday, April 13, 2009 Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center Box Office: 212-721-6500
Young People’s Chorus of New York City
San Francisco Girls Chorus
Augusta Read Thomas
For the first time the Young People’s Chorus of New York City will present its annual “Transient Glory” concert at Alice Tully Hall with special guest artists, the celebrated San Francisco Girls Chorus. The festive evening will include premieres of new works by Meredith Monk, commissioned by the YPC, and Augusta Read Thomas, commissioned by the San Francisco Girls Chorus. A piece by Gabriela Frank, commissioned by American Composers Forum for multiple choruses, will also be premiered that evening by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the San Francisco Girls Chorus combined. YPC’s “Transient Glory” program is made possible, in part, by major grants from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The commission of Gabriela Lena Frank was made possible through a gift from The Hunter Fund of the American Composers Forum.
To learn more about the Transient Glory Concert and Commissioning Series, please visit:
www.ypc.org/transientglory INTRODUCING Eve Beglarian
Fred with Newman
This season, YPC introduces “Radio Radiance™,” an NEA-funded project in collaboration with WNYC New York Public Radio and American Public Media (APM). “Radio Radiance™” will maximize the power of radio and Web to bring YPC-commissioned music to several major cities and introduce our award-winning music education into classrooms across the nation. YPC will perform new music by Eve Beglarian, Meredith Monk, Robert Kapilow with sound artist Fred Newman, and Gabriela Lena Frank live at WNYC’s new Jerome L. Greene Performance Center in spring 2009. As a major component of the project, student and teacher study guides, available online at the YPC and WNYC Web sites, will accompany the performances, selections of which will be broadcast by WNYC and, at a later date, on APM’s nationally syndicated “Performance Today.” Picture of Meredith Monk credited to http://www.meredithmonk.com. Picture of Gabriela Frank credited to Sabina Frank. Picture of Eve Beglarian credited to Margeret Satchell. Picture of Robert Kapilow credited to Peter Schaaf.
8TH ANNUAL HONOR CHORUS FESTIVAL
GUEST CONDUCTORS Young Menâ€™s Honor Chorus Conductor: Dr. Jason Bishop
Saturday, March 28, 2009 Cost per Chorister $35
Director of Choral Activities at Penn State Erie and Artistic Director / Founder YPC Erie
Treble Honor Chorus Conductor: Dr. Barbara Baker
Internationally Noted Conductor and Clinician
Composer-in-Residence: Dr. Jamie Bernstein Thomas Narrator, Writer and Broadcaster
FEATURING The 8th Annual Honor Chorus Festival is open to any interested singer between the ages 12 and 18. Rehearsals and a concert take place in one day where participants will make new friends who come from all over New York City and the tri-state area. The $35 fee includes a t-shirt, music, lunch and dinner. Final information and applications can be found at www.ypc.org.
Guest Artist-in-Residence: Ballet Hispanico School Ensemble
The foremost dance representative of Hispanic culture in the United States (* Photo by Eduardo Patino)
A GALA BENEFIT CONCERT:
Shaping Lives Through Music Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Ambassador and Mrs. M. Sakurai Humanitarian Award
Linda Golding Artistic Award
A celebration of song, silent auction and dinner to benefit the Young Peopleâ€™s Chorus of New York City. Three hundred choristers will be joined by special guests the New York Pops for a night of dinner and song.
6th Annual Satellite Schools Concert Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 11 a.m. 92nd Street Y Kaufmann Concert Hall YPC’s Satellite Program provides children in nine New York City schools with a choral music education program provided by YPC-trained choral conductors. The children learn to read and write music, develop healthy vocal skills and sing in unison and in two- and three-part harmonies. The high point of the school year is the annual Satellite Schools concert at the 92nd Street Y; a free concert open to their families, friends and the general public.
i n d gs r o c e R NOW AVAILABLE: Transient Glory® II on CD
““a disc that has
nothing but highlights”
- Audiophile Audition
“Transient Glory II,” featuring music commissioned and premiered by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City from 2002 to 2004.
COMING IN NOVEMBER: “CoolSide of Yuletide,” an exciting new sound for traditional carols with new arrangements and songs by Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis, featuring “How Many Christmases” sung by Rosanne Cash, the YPC and a global choir of choruses from five continents.
Francisco J. Núñez
Dena Tasse-Winter Production Assistant
Shuman Associates, National Press Representative
Sarah Rush Miller
Graphic Artist Consultant
Director of Development
Eric Gamalinda Grant Writer
Executive Administrative Advisor
Linda Golding Artistic Advisor
Shirley Delgado Office Manager
Martin Liebowitz Finance Manager
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Hon. A. Jerry Kremer, Chair George G. Nemeth, Vice-Chair Francisco J. Núñez, President Francis J. Harvey Jr., Treasurer Holcomb B. Noble, Secretary Karl C. Anderson Nancy Bloom Amanda Bowling Adam Chinn Shauna Denkensohn J.B. Harrison Suzan Kremer Robert Neis Hiroko Onoyama Martin Pavane Bruce Rosenblatt Roger Ross David L. Smith David Weild III
Kaare Christian Linda S. Golding Jack Goodwin Tsutomu Karino David Lai Jim Papoulis John Schaefer Natalie Schor Nancy Shankman Philip S. Olick, Counsel
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