Transient Glory Hosts Spotlight on Composer Missy Mazzoli Tonight
Transient Glory, the Young People's Chorus of New York City's groundbreaking, 21st-century commissioning series of choral music for young people, returns with a Composer Spotlight on Missy Mazzoli tonight, April 25, at 8 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y. Conducted by YPC Artistic Director and Founder Francisco J. Núñez, the evening focuses on a musical world of Missy Mazzoli. It encompasses an entire evening of premieres of specially selected music from Missy's acclaimed collection of genre-bending works interpreted, set, and adapted for the first time for an ensemble of young voices and Victoire, Missy's all-female band. It also includes the world premiere of a new YPC Transient Glory commission, New New York Songs.
For this Transient Glory composer spotlight, YPC brings back WNYC's John Schaefer to host, and in a new YPC collaboration, Mark DeChiazza will stage the concert to draw the audience into this exciting universe of sounds that burst with the vitality, diversity, and youthful optimism of New York City, a crossroads where artists gravitate and transform the course of music and life.
This unusual mix of voices singing new interpretations of Missy Mazzoli's eclectic and deeply felt indie classical works provoke the questions: What is today's classical music? Whom is it for? Where is it going? Why are young people feeling connected to it?
Since 2001, through its Transient Glory and Radio Radiance commissioning series, the Young People's Chorus of New York City has commissioned 79 pieces of new music from many of today's most respected composers, most of whom had never before written for a youth chorus. The programs have invigorated and expanded the repertoire and, just as important, demonstrated the unlimited potential of a young choir to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry and establishing the youth chorus as a significant instrument for making music.
The Transient Glory premiere--New New York Songs by Missy Mazzoli--is set to Walt Whitman's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, in which Missy, following Whitman's cue, musically explores the feelings and experiences that connect New Yorkers of all ages and eras by way of a ferry ride from Manhattan to Brooklyn.