Young People’s Chorus of New York City Announces New Immersive, Mixed-Media Art Exhibition, AloneTogether

Monthlong Installation at High Line Nine to Feature Newly Commissioned Works from 15 of the World’s Leading Composers and Emerging Songwriters in Unprecedented Mixed-Media Format, November 18-December 19

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NEW YORK (October 4, 2021) – The world-renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) announces details of its new, mixed-media art installation, AloneTogether.  In collaboration with High Line Nine, an art gallery located below New York City’s Highline in Chelsea’s Art District, AloneTogether is a transcendent musical journey into the subconscious mind of today’s youth during a time of global turmoil and transformation. Expressed through  newly commissioned pieces created by 15 of the world’s leading composers and emerging songwriters, AloneTogether takes an innovative, experimental approach toward understanding and expressing the hearts and minds of children through the course of the pandemic.  For the first time, YPC enthusiasts will see 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 Thursday, November 18 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. This project allowed them to do that while also allowing listeners and viewers a glimpse into their hearts and minds during this time. We stretched our boundaries into new mediums with this project because we felt the extraordinary times demanded new ways of storytelling.”

AloneTogether comprises spoken word, poetry, sculpture, video art, music, and film and features 500 YPC choristers, 15 composers and emerging 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 and emerging songwriters: Samuel Adler, Derek Bermel, Thomas Cabaniss, Paquito D’Rivera, Aneesa Folds, Gordon Getty, Michael Gordon, Michael Harrison, Ted Hearne, Yuka 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 premiere 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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Glodow Nead Communications, 415-394-6500 or YPCPR@glodownead.com

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