November 16, 2018
Young People’s Chorus of New York City: 2018 Holiday Performances
Young People’s Chorus of New York City® (YPC) celebrates the holidays with a variety of performances around the city, including its Winder Wonder concert at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. Led by YPC Founder / Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez and Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez, the program features special guest string trio Time for Three.

YPC also performs this fall and winter at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Lincoln Square, and the Church of the Intercession, as well as in televised appearances on The Today Show and at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

See below for further details on all YPC holiday performances.

NBC’s The Today Show and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Monday, November 19 at 7:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 22 from 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m.

YPC performs on NBC’s The Today Show next week in a look ahead to the chorus’s performance with country music singer-songwriter Martina McBride at the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Televised live on NBC, the Parade also includes performances by Diana Ross and John Legend, among others.

For more information on The Today Show, visit

For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, visit

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square
Monday, November 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Dante Park (Broadway between 63rd & 64th Streets)

YPC under Assistant Conductor Maria Peña—together with folk icon Arlo Guthrie, The Guthrie Family, and WABC-TV—launch Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square with the festival’s traditional tree-lighting ceremony hosted by singer-songwriter Judy Collins.

For more information, visit

For the Miracles: A Holiday Celebration
Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

YPC brings together two holiday traditions under the baton of Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez, who conducts contemporary stagings of Benjamin Britten’s Christmas cantata A Ceremony of Carols and Samuel Adler’s Hanukkah cantata The Flames of Freedom at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Heard for the first time in New York City, The Flames of Freedom was composed as a musical counterpart to Britten’s classic, and both works are explored on the program through sets, lighting, and choreography.

The week prior, on Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 p.m., YPC also performs at The Met as part of 2018–19 Artist-in-Residence Julia Bullock’s program A Dream Deferred: Langston Hughes in Song.

For more information, visit

Winter Wonder: A Festive Winter Concert
Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

YPC returns to Carnegie Hall for its Winter Wonder concert, featuring special guest string trio Time for Three. YPC Founder / Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez and Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez lead the chorus in a program that blends traditional holiday favorites with contemporary works, as well as the choreography of Jacquelyn Bird.

For more information, visit the Carnegie Hall event page.

Clement Clarke Moore Candlelight Service and Celebration
Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Church of the Intercession (550 West 155th Street)

YPC conducted by Assistant Conductor Maria Peña returns to the Church of the Intercession to sing the musical prelude in the Church’s 108th annual holiday candlelight reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” (A Visit from Saint Nicholas). Following the reading, audience members can join in a lantern procession and wreath-laying ceremony at Clement Moore’s mausoleum at Trinity Church, across from the Church of the Intercession, a tradition that began in 1911.

The performance and reading are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit

39th Annual “A City Singing at Christmas”
Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral (14 East 51st Street)

YPC performs at the 39th annual “A City Singing at Christmas,” joined in a program of traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols by the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale, St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir, The Cathedral Organs, and New York Symphonic Brass.

General seating is free and open to the public. The program is traditionally live-streamed at

For more information, visit

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City is a world-renowned youth chorus founded in 1988 on a mission of diversity, artistic excellence, and education by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year. Under the leadership of Mr. Núñez and Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez, the program harnesses 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. Almost 2,000 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


Photo credits:
#1: Stephanie Berger
#2: Courtesy of YPC
#3: Jennifer Taylor
#5: Stephanie Berger 
#6: Nancy Bloom
#7: Courtesy of Time for Three
#8: Elena Skochilo
#9: Chris Hall

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