Public Sing-Along at Lincoln Center to Restart New York’s Performing Arts Sector
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK (July 2, 2021) – The world-renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) will reopen New York City’s performing arts sector with “Continuum Presents: Young People’s Chorus of New York City “Ready, Set, Sing!” – a pop-up sing-along to be held Sunday, July 11 at 6:30 pm on The Green at Lincoln Center’s Restart Stages new outdoor performance park. The sing-along marks a return to the stage for YPC, which has not held a live performance in 16 months.
“Our youth have continued to sing, dance and perform throughout the pandemic, but in isolation,” said Francisco Núñez, Founder and Artistic Director of YPC. “I can think of no better way for our choristers to return to the stage than to join voices with the people of New York City and open the city together through the power of music.”
Event performances will represent music from four continents, reflecting the rich diversity and sounds of New York City, and include a mix of genres, including theater, pop, opera, folk and spiritual music. Songs will include: La Bamba, Finiculi Finicula, Wimoweh, Hallelujah, Bridge Over Troubled Water, among others.
The event is part of a new, three-year project at Lincoln Center called Continuum, headed by artist Nicolas Kendall of “Time For Three” (TF3), a classically-trained string trio that explores and performs a variety of musical genres.
“Continuum was created with a mission to create beautiful moments where artist expression and community feel something together. Our main goal is to build community through art,” said Kendall. “This event is the perfect representation of that mission. We’re very excited for the community to feel the spirit and energy the talented young YPC choristers bring to their performances, and our hope is that during the sing-along they find inspiration surrounded by children that truly look like the beautiful fabric of NYC and feel something wonderful.”
“Continuum Presents: Young People’s Chorus of New York City “Ready, Set, Sing! “is free and open to the public. QR codes will be made available so participants can access lyrics to each song. For more information about YPC, please visit ypc.org.
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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
MEDIA CONTACTS: Pati Poblete, Laura Gigounas, Danyelle Simpkins and Juliona Miller at Glodow Nead Communications, 415-394-6500 or YPCPR@glodownead.com.