May 7, 2018
Young People’s Chorus of New York City Presents 15th Annual School Choruses Concert at Apollo Theater, May 17

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (May 7, 2018) — Bringing together over 1,000 young choristers, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City® (YPC) presents its 15th annual, year-end concert for the citywide YPC School Choruses program at The World Famous Apollo Theater (253 West 125th Street) on Thursday, May 17, at 10:45 a.m. The program is directed year-round by YPC Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez, and the upcoming concert showcases the musical growth of its participants—New York City elementary- and middle-school children—over the course of the school year, during which YPC-trained music educators teach them how to read and write music, sing with healthy vocal technique, and perform as a group. Tickets priced at $15 are available via the Apollo Theater Box Office or online via Ticketmaster by clicking here. This year’s concert program, “Red Light, Green Light,” explores the sounds of childhood in New York City—from playground chants and rhymes to multicultural pop song mash-ups—while also incorporating choreography. The program will feature the world premiere of a new vocal work composed for the occasion by YPC Founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez. This work, after which the program is named, fuses hip-hop and Latin rhythms with vocal patter from songs like Miss Mary Mack; Pizza, Pizza; and Down, Down Baby. The choristers, led by YPC conductors under Elizabeth Núñez, will be joined onstage by special guests from The Classical Theater of Harlem led by Producing Artistic Director Ty Jones, and Elise Monte Dance, led by Artistic Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher. “When the children get on the stage at the Apollo, they feel like they are true artists, they are the stars,” said Elizabeth Núñez. “We hope they learn that when you work hard towards excellence, you can achieve something really amazing.”

 

 

The YPC School Choruses program, an in-school music education and performance initiative, was created by Francisco J. Núñez in 2003 to make YPC’s unique music education and performance program available to more New York City students. The program provides intensive music instruction free of charge to 1,200 schoolchildren in 18 New York City schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. Under the direction of Elizabeth Núñez, six YPC conductors with advanced degrees and trained in The YPC Way bring the curriculum—which exceeds national standards—into classrooms across the city. Led by YPC conductors Caitlin Dobmeier, Gia Gan, Emma Hathaway, Maria Peña, Amber Salladin, and Sonny Willis, and accompanied by professional pianists, students perform two to ten times per year not only at school functions, but also in major New York City venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Kaufmann Concert Hall, and the Apollo Theater.

Support for this program has been provided by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the Pinkerton Foundation, PwC, the Barker Welfare Foundation, Bay & Paul Foundations, Javis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, and Lanie & Ethel Foundation.

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City is a world-renowned youth chorus founded in 1988 on a mission of diversity and artistic excellence by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year. Under the leadership of Francisco and Elizabeth Núñez, the program has harnessed the power of music to fulfill the potential of children, heightening an awareness of the ability of children to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry. Over 1,700 children from ages 8 to 18 participate annually in YPC through its after-school, in-school, and community programs. YPC’s repertoire ranges from renaissance and classical traditions to gospel, folk, pop, contemporary, and world music. YPC has performed on four continents, has won over a dozen gold medals in international choral competitions, and has invigorated the repertoire for young voices by commissioning and premiering over 100 compositions from today’s most distinguished composers. YPC is a recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, America’s highest honor for youth programs. For more information, visit ypc.org.

YPC’s programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and City Council Members Margaret Chin, Helen Rosenthal, and Eric Ulrich; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development’s Council Discretionary Fund, and New York City Council Members Daniel R. Garodnick, Barry Grodenchik, Corey Johnson, Ben Kallos, Ydanis Rodriguez, Helen Rosenthal and Helen Rosenthal; the New York City Department of Education; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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15TH ANNUAL SCHOOL CHORUSES CONCERT
“RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT”

Thursday, May 17, at 10:45 a.m.
Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street

Young People’s Chorus of New York City®
School Choruses program participants (from among the schools listed below)
Francisco J. Núñez, YPC Founder and Artistic Director
Elizabeth Núñez, YPC Associate Artistic Director and School Choruses Program Director
YPC conductors:
      Caitlin Dobmeier
      Gia Gan
      Emma Hathaway
      Maria Peña
      Amber Salladin
      Sonny Willis

The Classical Theatre of Harlem
   Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director

Elise Monte Dance
   Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director

YPC School Choruses by Borough:

Bronx:
PS 69 Journey Prep, Clason Point
PS 304x – Throgs Neck
St. Ignatius School – Hunts Point

Brooklyn:
MS 2 Parkside Preparatory – Prospect-Leffert Gardens
PS 268 The Emma Lazarus School – Crown Heights
PS 770 The New American Academy – East Flatbush

Queens:
PS 64 The Joseph Addabbo School – Ozone Park
PS 90 Horace Mann School, Richmond
PS/IS 178 The Holliswood School – Jamaica Estates

Manhattan:
PS 1 Alfred E. Smith School – Chinatown
PS 75 Emily Dickinson School, Upper West Side
PS 130 The Hernando DeSoto School – Chinatown
PS/MS 149 the Sojourner Truth School – Harlem
PS 198 The Straus School – Upper East Side
M531 Repertory Company HS for Theatre Arts – Times Square
M541 Manhattan/Hunter Science High School – Upper West Side
M 670 Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change – Harlem
Special Music School – Upper West Side

Concert Program:

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, MAX MARTIN, SHELLBACK (arr. MAC HUFF): Can't Stop the Feeling!
FRANCISCO J. NÚÑEZ: Red Light, Green Light (world premiere)
—Interlude #1
JIM PAPOULIS: Small Voices
MO LI HUA (JASMINE) (arr. GIA GAN): Chinese Folk Song
—Interlude #2
NIRA CHEN (arr. DOREEN RAO): Dodi Li
RUTH FAZAL: Birdsong (from "Oratorio Terezin")
—Interlude #3
TRADITIONAL (arr. FRANCISCO J. NÚÑEZ): Brinca la Tablita/Duérmete Mi Niño (Dominican Folk Songs)
TRADITIONAL (arr. LENA NEMETH): En La Feria de San Juan (Hispanic Folk Song)
—Interlude #4
BILLY STRAYHORN, ELLA FITZGERALD, AL FELDMAN (arr. SONNY WILLIS): Ella's A-Train
—Interlude #5
JOE RAPOSO, PAUL WILLIAMS, KENNETH ASCHER (arr. FRANCISCO J. NÚÑEZ): Sing/The Rainbow Connection
TRADITIONAL (arr. BRITTEN): The Sally Gardens (Irish Tune)
—Interlude #6
LLOYD WEBBER (arr. MARK BRYMER): Macavity the Mystery Cat (from "Cats")
—Interlude #7
THE CORPORATION (arr. MATT PODD, ADAM PODD): Jackson 5 Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save
SARA BAREILLES, JACK ANTONOFF, BILLY STEINBERG, TOM KELLY (arr. MAC HUFF): Truly Brave
JIM PAPOULIS (arr. FRANCISCO J. NÚÑEZ): Give Us Hope

Tickets priced at $15 are available via the Apollo Theater Box Office or online via Ticketmaster by clicking here.

Support for this program has been provided by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the Pinkerton Foundation, PwC, the Barker Welfare Foundation, Bay & Paul Foundations, Javis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, and Lanie & Ethel Foundation.

YPC’s programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and City Council Members Margaret Chin, Helen Rosenthal, and Eric Ulrich; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development’s Council Discretionary Fund, and New York City Council Members Daniel R. Garodnick, Barry Grodenchik, Corey Johnson, Ben Kallos, Ydanis Rodriguez, Helen Rosenthal and Helen Rosenthal; the New York City Department of Education; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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