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Young People's Chorus of New York City to Perform River to River Concert Friday, 6/20

Young People's Chorus of New York City to Perform River to River Concert Friday, 6/20

Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC) joins an all-star lineup of artists performing in "Terry Riley and Friends," part of Original Music Workshop (OMW) and LMCC's "Ex-Situ" series of site-specific concerts in the 2014 River To River Festival. Composer and OMW Creative Director Paola Prestini has curated the concert, which takes place Friday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Federal Hall (26 Wall Street). The event is free and open to the public.

"Terry Riley and Friends," a showcase of work created and inspired by "the father of minimalism," opens with Another Secret eQuation, co-commissioned and premiered by the Young People's Chorus of New York City and the Kronos Quartet in 2010. For this performance YPC Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez will conduct the chorus and a quartet of new-music greats formed for just this occasion-violinists Cornelius Dufallo and Jenny Choi, violist Ljova, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.

The program also features a trio including Terry Riley himself; his son, the globe-trotting, Brooklyn-based guitarist Gyan Riley; and Tracy Silverman, whom BBC calls "the greatest living exponent of the electronic violin." The program closes eventfully with new improv by Mr. Riley and an equally legendary composer/performer.

In 2009 the Young People's Chorus of New York City was honored to be invited to be among the "who's who" of music to take part in the Carnegie Hall concert celebrating the 45th anniversary of Terry Riley's "In C," a work that has become enshrined in history and as The New York Times commented "a view of music as a communal action and a key to transcendence."


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