Young People’s Chorus Of New York City To Give Free Performances In Utica And Schenectady March 23 And 24

Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Photo by Stephanie Berger

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (March 1,  2019) — The Young People’s Chorus of New York City led by Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez celebrate the start of spring with free weekend concerts in Utica and Schenectady. Their program, which runs the musical gamut from classical and pop to Broadway and folk, demonstrates the kind of superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship that has won them acclaim on four continents, not to mention the title of “Choir of the World” in international choral competition this past summer in Canada.

March 23 and 24 Upstate New York Tour Program

Forever is my Song
Francisco J. Núñez

Kyrie in D Minor, KV 90
W. A. Mozart

Liminality
Francisco J. Núñez

And So It Goes
Billy Joel, arr. Kirby Shaw

Tres Cantos Nativos Dos Indios Krao
Traditional Brazilian, arr. Marcos Leite

Oseh Shalom
Debbie Friedman and Jerry Bock, arr. Gia Gan

Intermission

Shout Glory
Byron J. Smith

Motherless Child
African American Spiritual-arr. Craig Hella Johnson

Dancing Queen/Mamma Mia
ABBA, arr. Francisco J. Núñez

New York New York
Leonard Bernstein, arr. Robert Russell Bennett

Bridge Over Troubled Water
Paul Simon, arr. Kirby Shaw

I Got Gershwin (A Gershwin Medley)
George Gershwin, arr. Adam Podd and Matt Podd

Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church
2222 Genesee Street – Utica, NY

YPC makes its Utica debut at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on the occasion of the church’s 100th anniversary. Admission is free.

Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m.

First United Methodist Church
603 State Street – Schenectady, NY

YPC returns by popular demand to First United Methodist Church, a highlight of the 41st anniversary celebration of the church’s concert series.  Admission is free.

Young People’s Chorus of New York City, founded in 1988 by Francisco J. Núñez on a mission of diversity and artistic excellence, harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of children musically, academically, and socially. Over the years, the program has heightened an awareness of the ability of young people to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry. Its acclaimed artistry has inspired invitations for collaborations and performances from a global array of festivals, cultural institutions, and cities on four continents. Over 2,000 children from 8 to 18 of any cultural or economic background participate annually in this internationally renowned program. In 2011 YPC was recognized with America’s highest honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, is a composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education, and the artistic director/founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Among his many awards and honors, Mr. Núñez has received an ASCAP Victor Herbert Award and the New York Choral Society’s Choral Excellence Award.  NYU Steinhardt presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award, and he holds an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Ithaca College and Gettysburg College.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church contact:
Ann Contino: amcontino@gmail.com

First United Methodist Church contact:
Dominick Giaquinto: dgiaquinto@nycap.rr.com – 518-374-4430, Ext. 104

For YPC and Francisco J. Núñez, please contact:
Angela Duryea, 212-289-7779, Ext. 31 or 718-344-5140
aduryea@ypc.org