Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned for its superb virtuosity, brilliant showmanship, and innovative model of diversity. Founded by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, YPC’s spectacular artistry has been showcased in award-winning performances around the world. With repertoire spanning Renaissance, classical, gospel, folk, jazz, pop, and contemporary traditions, YPC also continually invigorates its catalog of music for young voices by commissioning pieces of diverse music from many of the most distinguished and emerging composers of our time.
The chorus frequently inspires invitations from a wide range of cultural institutions and festivals and recently performed in front of a national televised audience during the 9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial; at the renowned Global Citizen Live festival; at the Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Light Show, alongside guest speaker Michelle Obama; and at the 95th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Among YPC’s many awards is America’s highest honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, presented to members of YPC at the White House. Under the direction of YPC’s Associate Artistic Director, Elizabeth Núñez, YPC also earned the distinction of “Choir of the World” at the 2018 International Choral Kathaumixw, marking the first time a North American chorus has ever won this title. YPC has received a Chorus America Education Outreach Award, two Chorus America/ ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, and a 2017 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.
Gordon Getty's celebrated opera reimagined for film, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, receives a special screening at the historic Cameo Cinema in St. Helena. Getty’s fourth opera is based on the popular 1934 book Goodbye, Mr. Chips and other stories by James Hilton. Directed by Brian Staufenbiel, the film features tenor Nathan Granner, soprano Marnie Breckenridge, baritone Lester Lynch, and bass-baritone Kevin Short. The orchestra of stellar Bay Area players is conducted by Nicole Paiement. Members of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, conducted by Francisco J. Núñez, also perform.