[ManahttanTimes] Voices Alight

They sing stronger together.

Bringing together over 1,000 young choristers from 16 schools, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) will present its annual, year-end concert for the citywide YPC School Choruses Program.

Founded in 1988, YPC was a recipient in 2011 of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, America’s highest honor for youth programs.

This year’s performance will take place at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on May 15th at 10:45 a.m.

Participating artists will include students from uptown schools including the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change and P.S./M.S. 149 in Harlem and Coalition School for Social Change in East Harlem.

The program is directed year-round by YPC Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez, and the upcoming concert showcases the musical growth of its participants—public school students—over the course of the school year, during which YPC-trained music educators teach them how to read and write music, sing with healthy vocal technique, and perform as a group.

The concert program is titled “The Tales We Tell,” and will celebrate the diversity of New York City with songs from the Americas, Africa, and Europe interspersed with acting, dancing, and poetry by artists from The Classical Theatre of Harlem.

YPC Assistant Conductors and Conducting Fellows lead the musical performances.

Tickets priced at $10 are available starting Wed., May 3rd at 12:00 p.m. via the Apollo Theater Box Office online at www.apollotheater.org and at Ticketmaster online.

“At a time when more and more Americans are realizing the importance of an early and vigorous arts education for all schoolchildren, these young artists are eager to stand up and demonstrate the value of the arts in their lives,” says YPC Founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez.

The young student artists in YPC’s School Choruses Program have been rehearsing the repertoire for the May 15 concert as part of their regular, in-school program activities, with each school contributing a unique musical story to “The Tales We Tell.”

For more information, please visit ypc.org.