September 7, 2018
Young People’s Chorus of New York City Celebrates 30th Anniversary With “YPC Big Sing” at Symphony Space on September 22 at 3PM
Young People’s Chorus of New York City with Founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez.
Young People’s Chorus of New York City with Founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez.
Stephanie Berger

Conductors include YPC Founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez;
YPC Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez;
choral composer, conductor, and educator Rollo Dilworth; 

Sesame Street’s Bob McGrath; and conductor Mark Shapiro

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (September 7, 2018) — Founded on a mission of diversity, artistic excellence, and education, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) reaches its landmark 30th anniversary on Saturday, September 22, and in celebration the chorus presents its first-ever YPC Big Sing, in which YPC choristers invite audience members to sing along with them at Symphony Space at 3:00 p.m. in appreciation of the community’s many years of support.

Tickets are priced $15 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under (children 2 and under may attend for free if seated on laps), with all proceeds going towards YPC’s commissioning programs, which contribute to the education of young people and the future of music. Tickets will be available at the Symphony Space box office and online from symphonyspace.org.

With lyrics to each song projected during the event, the performance includes such songs as The Beatles’ “Hey Jude,” Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” and “Sing” from Sesame Street—widely known and accessible enough for audience members of all backgrounds to sing along. Leading the performance will be YPC Founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s current Educator of the Year; YPC Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez; choral conductor, composer, and Temple University Associate Professor of Choral Music Education Rollo Dilworth; singer, musician, actor, voice artist, and children's author Bob McGrath, best known for playing the character of Bob Johnson on Sesame Street; and conductor Mark Shapiro, Music Director of the Prince Edward Island Symphony and the 180-voice Cecilia Chorus of New York, which performs at Carnegie Hall, and Artistic Director of the chamber chorus Cantori New York.

 

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City is a world-renowned youth chorus founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez. Under his leadership and that of Associate Artistic Director 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 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.

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YPC BIG SING
Saturday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m.
Symphony Space (Broadway and 95th Street)

In celebration of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City’s 30th anniversary

Young People’s Chorus of New York City
      Francisco J. Núñez, conductor and YPC Founder and Artistic Director
      Elizabeth Núñez, conductor and YPC Associate Artistic Director
      Rollo Dilworth, conductor
      Bob McGrath, conductor
      Mark Shapiro, conductor

LUIGI DENZA  “Funiculì, Funiculà”
JOE RAPOSO  “Sing” from Sesame Street
BILL WITHERS  “Lean on Me”
HARRY DIXON LOES  “This Little Light of Mine”
TRADITIONAL  “La Bamba”
LENNON-MCCARTNEY  “Hey Jude”
WOODY GUTHRIE  “This Land is Your Land”
JIM PAPOULIS  “Give Us Hope” (YPC anthem)

Tickets are priced $15 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under (children 2 and under may attend for free if seated on laps), with all proceeds going towards YPC’s commissioning programs, which contribute to the education of young people and the future of music. Tickets will be available at the Symphony Space box office and online from symphonyspace.org.

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