YPC Overwhelmed By Community Support At Second Annual Big Sing

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City hosted their second annual YPC Big Sing. Community members of all ages came out in droves to attend this sold-out singalong event, which took place at Gerald W. Lynch Theater. YPC Founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez and Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez were joined by special guest artists a cappella group Midtown, led by Joe Cerutti of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and Carnegie Hall teaching artist Nick Demeris.

The YPC Big Sing opened dramatically with YPC choristers slowly filing into the hall producing a surround-sound performance of “Hallelujah” led by Francisco Núñez. Then, with the words projected on stage, the audience had their turn, with Francisco leading them in a rousing rendition of “If I Had a Hammer.” In an early highlight of the afternoon, YPC Conductor Sonny Willis made a cameo appearance singing a solo in “That’s Amore.”

The high-energy Midtown quartet wowed the audience with its complex harmonies in two barbershop pieces. Afterwards, the audience put their skills to the test when Joe Cerutti taught them a barbershop tag with four separate voice parts.

Elizabeth Núñez led the audience in a medley of classic favorites from “Mary Poppins” and followed that up with “New York New York,” which was energetically capped by every person in the hall engaging in a massive kick line.

Nick Demeris challenged the crowd with a traditional Brazilian folk song, accentuated by a loop pedal and 15 looped tracks he had prepared especially for the concert.

To close this year’s YPC Big Sing, Francisco returned to the stage to thank the audience members for coming and for their support over the years. Then, joined by the guest artists, conductors, and YPC choristers, he led the 600-voice, theaterwide choir of singers of all ages and from all corners of the New York City community in an exciting—and entirely fitting— performance of “Love Train.”

Photos by Stephanie Berger