Young People’s Chorus of New York City Joined by Metropolitan Opera Star Ailyn Pérez Celebrates the Holidays at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, December 14

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YPC also performs in free holiday events at the Church of the Intercession on Sunday, December 17 and St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday, December 21

Young People’s Chorus of New York City; Metropolitan Opera star Ailyn Pérez

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) makes the holiday season even brighter with Winter Wonder, a festive concert at Carnegie Hall, which celebrates the many ways New York City families commemorate the holidays. Under the direction of Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez and Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez, the performance featuring over 400 YPC choristers takes place on Thursday, December 14, at 7 p.m.   Special guest, Metropolitan Opera star Ailyn Pérez, joins the choristers in a program of holiday favorites, international gems, and some very special surprises:  a fun-filled concert for the entire family.

Tickets priced $25-100 are available now at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th St and Seventh Avenue) by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website.

YPC also will be featured in two free holiday performances:

Sunday, December 17, – 3:30 p.m.
New York City Holiday Tradition
Church of the Intercession
Broadway at West 155th Street

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City conducted by YPC Assistant Conductor Maria Peña returns to the Church of the Intercession to sing the musical prelude in its annual holiday candlelight reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” (A Visit from Saint Nicholas). Following the reading, audience members can join in a lantern procession and wreath-laying ceremony at Clement Moore’s mausoleum at Trinity Church, across from the Church of the Intercession, a tradition that began over 100 years ago in 1911.

The performance and reading are free and open to the public. 

Thursday, December 21, at 7 p.m.
38th Annual “A City Singing at Christmas”
St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st St.

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City joins the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, the Cathedral Organs, and the New York Symphonic Brass in this joyful celebration of Christmas in the majesty of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This inspiring evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols closes with the performers and everyone in attendance joining together to sing Silent Night by candle light.

Admission is FREE. Come early for best seats.

Young People’s Chorus of New York City is internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally.  Founded in 1988 on a mission of diversity and artistic excellence by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, YPC harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of children musically, academically, and socially and has heightened an awareness of the ability of young people to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry.  More than 1,600 children participate in the after-school and in-school programs of YPC, which has been recognized with America’s highest honor for youth programs:  a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

Soprano Ailyn Pérez is increasingly in demand at leading opera houses in the world’s cultural capitals. This season she returns to the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Massenet’s Thaïs and also stars as the Contessa Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.  Additionally, she will perform at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Staatsoper Hamburg, Staatsoper Berlin, and Opernhaus Zürich, and she debuts at the Teatro alla Scala in fall 2018. She is member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Artist’s Council, is on the advisory board for Time In Kids, and is an avid fan and supporter of YPC. She has received the Richard Tucker Award (first Hispanic recipient in the award’s 35-year history), Plácido Domingo Award, and the Beverly Sills Award from the Metropolitan Opera.

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Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Angela Duryea
212.289.7779, Ext. 31
718.344-5140 (cell)

Photo credits:
YPC – Stephanie Berger
Ailyn Pérez – Dario Acosta