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Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute Presents Transient Glory in Partnership with Young People's Chorus of New York City on Saturday, February 18 in Zankel Hall

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, in partnership with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, presents Transient Glory, a program of new choral music written by some of today’s leading composers, in Zankel Hall on Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m. This performance is the grand finale of the three-day symposium in which eight conducting fellows selected from across the country work with YPC artistic director and founder and 2011 MacArthur Fellow Francisco J. Núñez. JACK Quartet will also perform on Michael Gordon’s Exalted, the “Scherzo” from John Corigliano’s String Quartet No. 1, and Douglas J. Cuomo’s A Far Playground for Viola and Piano during the evening’s performance. WNYC radio personality John Schaefer will also lead the composers in insightful discussions including interviews with John Corigliano and Doug Cuomo.

For the Transient Glory Symposium—part of WMI’s newly established Carnegie Hall Choral Institute—the conducting fellows, joined by eight associates and 60 auditors, will explore recently-composed works for young voices by composers Derek Bermel, John Corigliano, Douglas J. Cuomo, David Del Tredici, Paquito D’Rivera, Michael Gordon, Bright Sheng, and Joan Tower. In addition, Grant Gershon of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Dr. Janet Galvan, Professor of Music at Ithaca College, and Philip Brunelle, artistic director and founder of VocalEssence are confirmed as conductors in residence of the symposium.

Works to be studied at the Symposium and performed on February 18 are:

 

  • Can I by Joan Tower (2007), for treble chorus and two percussionists. This is the first work of Ms. Tower’s to feature text, which she said was a big challenge. Fearing that another person’s words might distract from the music, she wrote them herself.

     
  • Exalted by Michael Gordon (2010) was written by the composer soon after the death of his father. Its title is taken from the English translation of the first word of the Mourner’s Kaddish, one of the most important and central prayers in the Jewish liturgy written 2500 years ago in Aramaic, the dominant language at that time.

     
  • Fortune by Douglas J. Cuomo (2010); Mr. Cuomo, also known for composing the theme for the HBO hit Sex and the City, based this work on one of his favorite stories, an ancient Taoist fable of a small village farmer who comes to realize life’s fortunes are a mystery that cannot be understood, summed up in the moral: “You never know; keep on going; all is not as it first appears.”

     
  • A Child’s War by Derek Bermel (2006), based on a text by his father, Albert Bermel, a playwright and translator, which are remembrances of his father’s childhood in London during the bombings of World War II.

     
  • Tembandumba by Paquito D’Rivera (2010), inspired by Tembandumba de la Quimbamba, the main character in the poem Majestad Negra (“Black Majesty”) by Puerto Rican poet Luis Pales Matos.

     
  • Four Heartfelt Anthems by David Del Tredici (2003), who with this work wanted to connect with—and even comfort—the younger generation of budding musicians and tell them of the joys of childhood as he best remembered them.

     
  • One Sweet Morning by John Corigliano (2006), set to E. Y. (Yip) Harburg’s Rhymes for the Irreverent, two small volumes of poems from the lyricist of the film The Wizard of Oz and the musical Finian’s Rainbow. Said Mr. Corigliano of Harburg, “He was most often very funny, but occasionally wrote poems of transcendental beauty.”

     
  • The Boatmen’s Song by Bright Sheng (2004) blends the musical traditions of Asia and the classical tradition of the Western world. It is based on a folk song from northern Shaanxi Province, a “simple rhythmic towing song sung by boat trackers along the river,” in which Mr. Sheng hoped to evoke the now-lost scene of hundreds of boatmen pulling a large boat against the rage of the river.

In addition, six of these works will be performed earlier at two New York City venues: (Le) Poisson Rouge (February 16), and the 92nd Street Y (February 17), also hosted by John Schaefer of WNYC.

Earlier this season, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) launched a new program: the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute. Designed for choral teachers, the Choral Institute will annually offer a series of workshops and concerts, each aimed at introducing participants to different approaches to preparing and conducting music for chorus. In its inaugural season, the Choral Institute is collaborating with Francisco J. Núñez and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) to present the Transient Glory Symposium, an initiative focused on teacher training related to newly commissioned works for children’s chorus. The Symposium is tied to YPC’s long-running Transient Glory commissioning series, which YPC created in 2001 and has resulted in over 60 new works.

Young People’s Chorus of New York City
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), founded in 1988 by its Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, has provided children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance, while maintaining a model of artistic excellence and harmony that enriches the community. Not only is YPC recognized for its powerful and authentic performances of music from all periods and styles, but it is also especially recognized for convincing today’s most respected composers of the importance and value of composing for children’s voices through its Transient Glory commissioning series. A 2011 recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest award for youth programs, YPC has also received two Chorus America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and Chorus America’s Education Outreach Award.

Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director
Francisco J. Núñez, a 2011 MacArthur Fellow, is a composer, conductor, visionary, and leading figure in music education. He founded YPC in 1988 to provide children of all backgrounds with a safe haven for personal and artistic growth and is currently working with the Dominican Republic to create a national choral program inspired by YPC to unite the country’s children—rich and poor. Mr. Núñez is also sought after as a guest conductor, master teacher and advisor for choral workshops, demonstrations, and festivals and as a composer of compositions and arrangements for children’s and adult choirs, orchestras, and solo instruments, including numerous commissions. Among his many honors are an ASCAP Concert Music Award, the New York Choral Society's Choral Excellence Award, and La Sociedad Coral Latinoamericana’s 2009 Man of the Year. This year, Mr. Núñez received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award in recognition of his work.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve over 300,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, including many educators who take advantage of WMI’s online music education resources. For more information, visit carnegiehall.org/education.


Program Information
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
(Le) Poisson Rouge
CARNEGIE HALL CHORAL INSTITUTE PRESENTS TRANSIENT GLORY

Young People's Chorus of New York City™
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director
John Schaefer, Host
JACK Quartet

Jon Holden, Piano
Dov Scheindlin, Viola
Joshua Roman, Cello
Chris Thompson, Percussion

Dominick DiOrio, Conductor
Rebecca Lord, Conductor
Stephanie Mowery, Conductor

Interviews with:
Michael Gordon
Derek Bermel
Paquito D'Rivera

MICHAEL GORDON Potassium
MICHAEL GORDON Exalted
DEREK BERMEL Soul Garden
DEREK BERMEL A Child's War
DEREK BERMEL YPC Chant
PAQUITO D'RIVERA Invitación al Danzón
PAQUITO D'RIVERA Tembandumba

Presented by the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
212-505-3474
www.lprnyc.com

Tickets: $20
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Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Kaufmann Concert Hall at 92nd Street Y
CARNEGIE HALL CHORAL INSTITUTE PRESENTS TRANSIENT GLORY

Young People's Chorus of New York City™
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director
John Schaefer, Host
JACK Quartet

Courtenay Budd, Soprano
Jon Holden, Piano
Jacqueline Kerrod, Harp
Chris Thompson, Percussion

Ana Alvarez, Conductor
Karen Cooksey, Conductor
Tian Hui Ng, Conductor

Interviews with:
Joan Tower
Bright Sheng
David Del Tredici

JOAN TOWER Incandescent
JOAN TOWER Can I
JOAN TOWER Descent
BRIGHT SHENG String Quartet No. 5, "The Miraculous"
BRIGHT SHENG "Boatmen's Song"
BRIGHT SHENG "Thirty-Mile Village"
DAVID DEL TREDICI “Innocence” from String Quartet No.1
DAVID DEL TREDICI Four Heartfelt Anthems
DAVID DEL TREDICI Credo Fugue

Presented by the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

Kauffman Concert Hall at 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue (at 91st Street)
New York, NY 10128-1612
(212) 415-5500
www.92y.org

Tickets: $20
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Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Zankel Hall
CARNEGIE HALL CHORAL INSTITUTE PRESENTS TRANSIENT GLORY

Young People's Chorus of New York City™
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director
John Schaefer, Host
JACK Quartet

Courtenay Budd, Soprano
Jon Holden, Piano
Jacqueline Kerrod, Harp
Chris Thompson, Percussion

Ana Alvarez, Conductor
Karen Cooksey, Conductor
Jennah Delp, Conductor
Dominick DiOrio, Conductor
Rebecca Lord, Conductor
Stephanie Mowery, Conductor
Tian Hui Ng, Conductor
Troy David Robertson, Conductor

JOAN TOWER Can I
MICHAEL GORDON Exalted
JOHN CORIGLIANO Snapshot: Circa 1909
JOHN CORIGLIANO String Quartet No. 1, "Scherzo"
JOHN CORIGLIANO One Sweet Morning
JOHN CORIGLIANO Upon Julia's Clothes (World Premiere commission)
DAVID DEL TREDICI Four Heartfelt Anthems
DEREK BERMEL A Child's War
DOUGLAS J. CUOMO A Far Playground
DOUGLAS J. CUOMO Fortune
DOUGLAS J. CUOMO How to Survive in the Woods (World Premiere commission)
BRIGHT SHENG "Boatmen's Song"
PAQUITO D'RIVERA Tembandumba

Presented by the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

Tickets: $20

 

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