For the first time the Young People's Chorus of New York City, under its Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez, is scheduling two performances of its perennially sold-out, annual "Spring Celebration: A Family Concert," which takes place this year on Saturday, June 9 at the 92nd Street Y. The concerts will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon and again at 7 p.m. in the evening.
Culminating the most eventful season in its history, all six divisions of YPC will raise the roof with an exciting program of music from varied musical genres and traditions from pop and folk to classical and jazz, with many numbers choreographed by triple-threat Broadway, film, and TV performer Jacquelyn Bird. The program will also include a nostalgic look back at some of the songs YPC sang in its Swedish debut in April and a high-profile warm-up for members of the Concert Chorus and Young Men as they prepare to represent the North American continent at the World Choral Summit in Beijing, China, in July.
Conducting the 2011 Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning chorus members will be Mr. Núñez, Associate Conductor Elizabeth Núñez, Assistant Conductor Sophia Miller, and Conducting Fellows Johnny Rabe and Sheldon Ogbourne. Matt Podd and principal YPC pianist Jon Holden will accompany.
Tickets for the 3:30 p.m. concert are $15, $25, and $50.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert are $20, $30, and $60.
All tickets are available at the 92nd Street Y box office or by calling 212-415-5500.
The Young People's Chorus of New York City provides children of all backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance, while maintaining a model of artistic excellence and humanity that enriches the community. Founded in 1988 by its artistic director Francisco J. Núñez, a 2011 MacArthur Fellow, YPC is among today's most celebrated and influential children's choruses. YPC performs on four continents and is in residence at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, YPC was recently presented with the nation's highest honor for youth programs, a 2011 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Sophia Miller and Elizabeth Núñez, Conductors
Songs of the Seasons Samuel Adler (2 Movements)
Will There Really Be A "Morning"? Craig Hella Johnson
The Name Game from The Honeybee, op. 66 Alexandre Gretchaninoff The Ship of Rio Benjamin Britten
Johnson Boys Traditional American Fiddle Tune
Elizabeth Núñez, Conductor
Last Rose of Summer Irish Folk Song
A Child's War Derek Bermel (2 Movements)
Vårvindar Friska Swedish Folk Song
An der Schönen Blauen Donau Richard Strauss
Sophia Miller, Conductor
Pretty Saro Appalachian Folk Song
Afternoon on a Hill Ned Rorem
Tecolote (Song of the Little Owl) Spanish Lullaby
The Star Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Suppertime from You're A Good Man Clark Gesner
YOUNG MEN AND AMANI
Francisco J. Núñez, Sheldon Ogbourne, and Johnny Rabe, Conductors
The Wind Song Richard Kidd
Mouth Music Dolores Keane and John Faulkner
The Noble Son Latvian Folk Song
Ride the Chariot Spiritual
Francisco J. Núñez, Conductor
Ave, Maris Stella Lajos Bárdos
The Light Come Down Aaron Siegel
Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal
Francisco J. Núñez, Conductor
I himmelen (In Heaven's Hall) Karin Rehnqvist
Forever Is My Song Francisco J. Núñez