Young People’s Chorus of New York City Announces New Immersive, Mixed-Media Art Exhibition, AloneTogether
World-Renowned Chorus Explores the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on The Hearts and Minds of Children and Young Adults
November 20 – December 19 at High Line Nine Gallery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK (October 26, 2021) – The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) has announced details of its new, mixed-media art installation, AloneTogether, an in-depth exploration of the impact of Covid-19-related global turmoil on the hearts and minds of children and young adults. The immersive, mixed-media exhibition will be held at and in collaboration with High Line Nine, a gallery located at 507 W. 27th Street below New York City’s High Line in the Chelsea Art District.
Expressed through newly commissioned pieces by 15 composers and emerging songwriters and poetry written and recorded by the choristers, AloneTogether embarks on an innovative, experimental journey to understand the experiences of children through the course of the pandemic. For the first time, YPC enthusiasts will see the young choristers perform these works in new mediums, including video, art, and film, in addition to live performances. The installation, conceptualized and curated by Francisco J. Núñez, artistic director and founder of YPC, will debut Saturday, November 20 and run through Sunday, December 19.
“AloneTogether is a dynamic multi-media project that will give viewers a powerful and intimate portrayal of the emotional strength, resilience and joy YPC choristers faced over the past year and a half,” said Núñez. “It was important to us to help our youth process their emotions — from confusion to fear to hope — through art while allowing listeners and viewers a glimpse into their hearts and minds during this time.”
AloneTogether comprises spoken word, poetry, sculpture, video art, music, and film and features 500 YPC choristers, 15 composers and songwriters, seven poets, three choreographers, and two filmmakers. Ansley Sawyer brings the choristers’ stories to life through film, set to newly commissioned works by composers Samuel Adler, Derek Bermel, Thomas Cabaniss, Paquito D’Rivera, Aneesa Folds, Gordon Getty, Michael Gordon, Michael Harrison, Ted Hearne, Yuka C. Honda, David Lang, Elizabeth Núñez, Francisco J. Núñez, Jim Papoulis, and Paola Prestini. Additional films by Francisco J. Núñez round out the exhibition. The installation is the culmination of YPC’s newest commissioning initiative.
Committed to empowering today’s youth and providing pathways to success through the arts, YPC is recognized worldwide for its award-winning performances and spectacular artistry. Its programs provide children of all cultural and economic backgrounds with a unique experience of music education and choral performance that seeks to fulfill each child’s potential, while creating a model of artistic excellence and diversity that enriches the community.
AloneTogether is a free exhibit but due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, viewers must register to attend. For more information on AloneTogether and YPC, please visit ypc.org/alonetogether/.
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About Young People’s Chorus of New York City
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned for its superb virtuosity, brilliant showmanship, and innovative model of diversity. Founded by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, YPC’s mission and values are deeply rooted in providing children of all cultural and economic backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance. YPC is committed to empowering our youth and providing pathways to success through the arts so that each child, no matter what race, gender, socioeconomic background, or religion can reach their full potential. Among YPC’s many awards is America’s highest honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, which was presented to members of YPC at the White House. Under the direction of YPC’s Associate Artistic Director, Elizabeth Núñez, YPC also earned the distinction of “Choir of the World” in July 2018 at the International Choral Kathaumixw (Powell River, British Columbia), marking the first time a North American chorus has ever won this title in the 34-year history of Kathaumixw. www.ypc.org
About High Line Nine
High Line Nine is an experimental, multi-disciplinary collection of nine skylit exhibition spaces located in the heart of Chelsea’s premier gallery district, providing an innovative home for art in all its forms and stages. Working closely with the city’s top cultural institutions, High Line Nine presents rotating exhibitions, provides publicly visible studio space to New York City artists and produces curated ongoing performances free to the public. High Line Nine is committed to celebrating and promoting the flourishing of all the voices of its colorful community. Follow High Line Nine at @thehighlinenine and learn more at highlinenine.com
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