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The Young People's Chorus of New York City and its Artistic Director and Founder Francisco J. Núñez are currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of Transient Glory, YPC's groundbreaking commissioning program, with a series of concerts, recordings and other events culminating in February 2012 with a three-day Transient Glory Symposium presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall.
The centerpiece of this anniversary season takes place on Friday, May 6 at 8 PM at the 92nd Street Y with the world premiere of Hijaz, a Transient Glory commission from Michael Harrison for youth chorus, cello and just intonation piano, and a retrospective of some of Transient Glory's most significant and influential compositions by John Corigliano (One Sweet Morning), David Del Tredici (Four Heartfelt Anthems), Paquito D'Rivera (Tembandumba), Gabriela Lena Frank (Picaflor Esmeralda), Meredith Monk (Things Heaven and Hell) and Michael Torke (Song of Ezekiel). Joining YPC for Hijaz are renowned cellist Maya Beiser and percussionist Payton MacDonald, and returning to host is WNYC's John Schaefer.
Transient Glory was initially created in 2001 to spotlight the children's chorus as a serious, and indeed glorious, instrument for making music during that fleeting period of time when a child's voice endows music with a particular poignancy and innocence and to demonstrate that young performers are capable of music-making of the highest quality. Not only has the Transient Glory series greatly expanded the repertoire for children's chorus, but it has also convinced many composers of the importance and value of composing for this instrument. Now, a decade later with almost 60 YPC premieres of music commissioned from many of the most visionary composers of our time, including Pulitzer Prize, Oscar and MacArthur "genius" grant recipients, YPC's Transient Glory is playing a huge role in the ever-evolving fabric of music in the 21st century.
The Young People's Chorus of New York City, founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, has provided children of diverse abilities and ethnic backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance, while maintaining a model of artistic excellence and harmony that enriches the community. Recognized for their powerful and authentic performances of music from all genres, YPC has become one of the most celebrated and influential children's choruses today and is the resident chorus at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Tickets for the Friday, May 6, Transient Glory 10th anniversary concert are popularly priced at $10 and are available at the 92nd Street Y box office or by calling 212-415-5500.
Brittnee Walker is a publicist with Cohn Dutcher Associates.