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Young People's Chorus of NYC Presents SPRING CELEBRATION: A FAMILY CONCERT Tonight, 6/9

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For the first time the Young People's Chorus of New York City, under its Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez, is scheduling two performances of its perennially sold-out, annual "Spring Celebration: A Family Concert," which takes place this year tonight, June 9 at the 92nd Street Y. The concerts will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon and again at 7 p.m. in the evening.

Culminating the most eventful season in its history, all six divisions of YPC will raise the roof with an exciting program of music from varied musical genres and traditions from pop and folk to classical and jazz, with many numbers choreographed by triple-threat Broadway, film, and TV performer Jacquelyn Bird. The program will also include a nostalgic look back at some of the songs YPC sang in its Swedish debut in April and a high-profile warm-up for members of the Concert Chorus and Young Men as they prepare to represent the North American continent at the World Choral Summit in Beijing, China, in July.

Conducting the 2011 Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning chorus members will be Mr. Núñez, Associate Conductor Elizabeth Núñez, Assistant Conductor Sophia Miller, and Conducting Fellows Johnny Rabe and Sheldon Ogbourne. Matt Podd and principal YPC pianist Jon Holden will accompany.

Tickets for the 3:30 p.m. concert are $15, $25, and $50.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert are $20, $30, and $60.

All tickets are available at the 92nd Street Y box office or by calling 212-415-5500.

The Young People's Chorus of New York City provides children of all backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance, while maintaining a model of artistic excellence and humanity that enriches the community. Founded in 1988 by its artistic director Francisco J. Núñez, a 2011 MacArthur Fellow, YPC is among today's most celebrated and influential children's choruses. YPC performs on four continents and is in residence at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, YPC was recently presented with the nation's highest honor for youth programs, a 2011 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award by First Lady Michelle Obama.

PROGRAM:

INTERMEZZO

Sophia Miller and Elizabeth Núñez, Conductors

Songs of the Seasons Samuel Adler (2 Movements)

Will There Really Be A "Morning"? Craig Hella Johnson

The Name Game from The Honeybee, op. 66 Alexandre Gretchaninoff The Ship of Rio Benjamin Britten

Johnson Boys Traditional American Fiddle Tune

CANTARE

Elizabeth Núñez, Conductor

Last Rose of Summer Irish Folk Song

A Child's War Derek Bermel (2 Movements)

Vårvindar Friska Swedish Folk Song

An der Schönen Blauen Donau Richard Strauss

PRELUDE

Sophia Miller, Conductor

Pretty Saro Appalachian Folk Song

Afternoon on a Hill Ned Rorem

Tecolote (Song of the Little Owl) Spanish Lullaby

The Star Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Suppertime from You're A Good Man Clark Gesner

INTERMISSION

YOUNG MEN AND AMANI

Francisco J. Núñez, Sheldon Ogbourne, and Johnny Rabe, Conductors

The Wind Song Richard Kidd

Mouth Music Dolores Keane and John Faulkner

The Noble Son Latvian Folk Song

Ride the Chariot Spiritual

CONCERT CHORUS

Francisco J. Núñez, Conductor

Ave, Maris Stella Lajos Bárdos

The Light Come Down Aaron Siegel

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal

CHORALE

Francisco J. Núñez, Conductor

I himmelen (In Heaven's Hall) Karin Rehnqvist

Forever Is My Song Francisco J. Núñez

Janger Traditional Balinese

COMBINED CHORUSES

The Joint Is Jumpin' Thomas "Fats" Waller

*Program is Subject to Change

The Young People's Chorus of New York City is a recipient of the 2011 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, an initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the nation's highest honor recognizing community-based, afterschool arts and humanities youth programs in the United States.

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