The Young People’s Chorus of New York City’s choristers and staff have begun a whirlwind of activity that will continue throughout the summer. They returned from Finland in June, and now 80 YPC choristers leave for Barcelona, Spain.
Summer Tour in Spain
July 11 – July 16
YPC’s first stop in Barcelona will be a performance at the world famous Palau de la Musica Catalana, listed as a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO. Next, YPC will participate in the Festival Internacional de Música de Cantonigròs, an international festival with performances and competitions with other choruses from all over the world.
IFCM Songbridge in Finland
June 5 – June 11
YPC, representing the Americas, along with the Indonesian Children and Youth Choir, representing Asia, and Finland’s Vox Aurea Children’s Choir, representing Europe, were invited to participate in the renowned IFCM Songbridge Gala hosted by the Tampere Vocal Music Festival in Finland. Songbridge Artistic Directors Kari Ala-Pollanen, and Sanna Valvanne worked tirelessly with the choruses to be sure the festival was enjoyed by all who attended. YPC’s program featured the world premiere of “To Sing” a piece YPC commissioned on the festival’s theme of “Freedom” from YPC composer-in-residence Michael Gordon, who introduced the piece to the delighted audience. The children from three different parts of the world made lifelong friends and beautiful music together. Listen to the audio broadcast of the entire Songbridge performance.
Spring Celebration Concert
Saturday, June 17
92nd Street Y, New York City
All 400 chorus members took to the stage for YPC’s Spring Concert at the 92nd Street Y to perform for families, friends, and fans in two exciting sold-out performances and a congratulatory farewell to 30 YPC choristers who just graduated from high school, and are all going on to college this fall.
Photos by Stephanie Berger
Chorus America’s opening plenary session, featuring speakers (from left to right) Gail Eichenthal, Grant Gershon, James W. Newton Jr. and Francisco J. Núñez
Elizabeth Núñez and Francisco J. Núñez accepting the 2017 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence
YPC at Chorus America in LA
June 21 – 24
Omni Hotel in Los Angeles, CA
Next, the YPC artistic staff headed to this year’s Chorus America Conference in Los Angeles. Artistic Director Francisco Núñez spoke in the opening plenary session on the Rewards of Creative Risk-taking, and Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez led a break-out session about Choral Entrepreneurship. YPC was honored to receive the 2017 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.
The Big Sing L.A.
Saturday, June 24
Grand Park in Los Angeles, CA
The conference of workshops and performances for and by choruses from all over the country closed with a colossal BIG SING, a free sing-along hosted by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Downtown Los Angeles, where LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon, along with Eric Whitacre, Rollo Dilworth, Moira Smiley and Francisco Núñez, conducted hundreds of men, women and children from the Los Angeles community in a joyous afternoon of song.
Photos courtesy of LA Master Chorale
The summer is far from over. Stay tuned for many more YPC performances, such as our Mostly Mozart debut on July 25 and 26.