The Young People's Chorus of New York CityTM 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 p.m. 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 the May 6 Transient Glory concert is WNYC's John Schaefer.
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. 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. 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
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.
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YPC began its 10th anniversary Transient Glory season in October by joining the Kronos Quartet at Le Poisson Rouge in the world premiere of Michael Gordon's Exalted and a second performance of Terry Riley's acclaimed Another Secret eQuation. Both of these works will be included on YPC's Transient Glory III recording, its first recording on the Cantaloupe Music label, which was created in 2001 by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, the three founders of the Bang on a Can Festival.
Transient Glory has also been extended to radio and the internet through the TG spin-off, Radio RadianceTM, created in collaboration with American Public Media and WNYC, New York Public Radio. Through national broadcasts on APM's Performance Today, and podcasts on the YPC Web site, Radio Radiance commissions introduce millions of radio listeners to the latest cutting-edge music. Newest Radio Radiance commissions from Terry Riley and Michael Gordon are due to be aired this fall.