Young People's Chorus of New York City to Reunite with Hiroshima Choir in Concert, 3/26
In a new Transmusica concert, designed to build bridges to other world cultures, the Young People's Chorus of New York City and Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez welcome two choirs from Hiroshima, Japan - the Peace and Hope Choir and the Chamber Choir of the Elisabeth University of Music - to promote good will, peace, and friendship. The concert on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village (365 Sixth Avenue) will also include The Ten, an all-men's ensemble from the University Glee Club of New York City, for an inspiring and entertaining program of music from several cultures.
This concert reunites YPC and members of the Hiroshima Choral Association, who have sung together on YPC's four tours of Japan, most recently, this past summer, when Hiroshima Choral Association hosted a reception for their American friends. While in Hiroshima, the choristers sang with each other, spent time practicing each other's languages, and enjoyed becoming reacquainted. The March 26 concert is first time they will sing together in the U.S.
The program on March 26 will include such traditional Japanese favorites as Hiroshima Kazoe Uta (a Hiroshima children's counting song), the Sukiyaki Song, Sakura (cherry blossoms), and Oiwake Bushiko conducted by Kenji Otani and accompanied by Kanzan Yamamoto.
Mr. Núñez will conduct YPC in Rainbow Tomorrow arranged by Jim Papoulis, Metsa Telegramm (The Woodpecker's Warning) by Estonian composer Uno Naissoo, Dona Nobis Pacem by Dominick DiOrio, and an upbeat hit from the "fabulous fifties," Rock Around the Clock. The Ten's a cappella program includes the Celtic folk song Down By the Salley Gardens based on the poem by W. B. Yeats and the James Taylor ballad Copperline.