||: Song/Play :|| Concert at Carnegie Hall

Sunday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Choristers from the Young People’s Chorus of New York City will be joined by young singers from 15 other youth choruses from China, Finland, Ireland, and six U.S. states for a DCINY 10th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall.  The concert will be highlighted by world premiere works composed and conducted by Francisco J. Núñez, artistic director/founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and Venezuelan composer/conductor Cristian Grases.

Mr. Núñez will conduct his new work, Liminality –  as part of the DCINY Premiere Project –  as well as other compositions he has composed –  Forever is My Song, Naturaleza, and Es Tu Tiempo.

Mr. Grases will conduct the world premiere of La Cigarra y La Hormiga, a seven-movement work based on rhythms mainly from Colombia, Cuba, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela.

The program also features Hanrich Claassen, music director of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, conducting his young musicians in works by Deussen and Grieg.



Liminality is a meditation on time, transcendence and temporality, fusing various philosophical and religious ideas. Central to these is the idea of “deep splendor,” a state of deepest meditation while being fully aware of your surroundings, a term mentioned in “The Heart of Perfect Wisdom” or the Heart Sutra, composed in India between 100BC and 600 AD. In this life of anxiety—about the future, about death—the “I” seeks answers to questions—who am I? where am I going? why am I here?—but is constantly reminded of the majesty of nature and the universe, of which human life is but a small part. In Heidegger’s metaphysics, we find a way to reconcile ourselves with the inevitability of death by living our lives to their fullest potential. The search for meaning happens in a dreamlike, somnambulistic trance, liminal states of being from which the enlightened being slowly wakes: to its reality, to the possibility of a long journey that, through death, has just begun.

Francisco J. Núñez



Sunday, June 24


2:00 p.m.


Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York City


From $20 available at the Carnegie Hall website