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New Music Series Vocal Currents Reimagines and Redefines Today’s Music


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On Saturday, November 3, in a concert of music as diverse as the young singers who performed it, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City presented Vocal Currents, its newest commissioning series, at Merkin Hall.  With WNYC’s John Schaefer hosting, Francisco Núñez and Elizabeth Núñez conducting, and most of the composers on hand to talk about their compositions, YPC performed eight 2018 commissions and the New York premiere of a 2010 composition, with visual images, lighting, and choreography that enhanced the performances and enchanted the enthusiastic, capacity audience.


Choristers performing at Vocal Currents, YPC’s newest commissioning series


Francisco J. Núñez and radio personality John Schaefer, host of WNYC’s Soundcheck


Francisco J. Núñez and composer Douglas J. Cuomo


John Schaefer and composer Nils Vigeland


John Schaefer and composer Yuka Honda


John Schaefer and composer Eve Beglarian


John Schaefer and composer Arturo O’Farrill


John Schaefer and composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez


Francisco J. Núñez and composer Tim Sharp as he accompanies the chorus in his piece “I Don’t Need No Man”


YPC Founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez


Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez


Choristers performing at Vocal Currents, YPC’s newest commissioning series


Composers on stage for their final bows at Vocal Currents


Photos by Stephanie Berger