Monday, June 29, 2009

YPC travels to Ithaca!

Thirty-six choristers from Cantare, Concert Chorus, and Young Men traveled upstate to Ithaca, NY to join the Ithaca Children's Choir (ICC) as the resident chorus for Choral Music Experience (CME), led by Janet Galvan and featuring guest artist Kathy Armstrong.

We arrived in Ithaca on Sunday night. Sophia and Amy were heading up the trip, along with Cara Bernard and our chaperones Shannon Comp and Iris Harrison -- and Steve the bus driver. The YPC choristers were off to their home-stay families -- some staying in pairs, and one house taking as many as seven of our choristers!

Today was our first official day of CME. We started the day off at 9 a.m. with a joint rehearsal with the Ithaca Children's Choir -- the choristers enjoyed a slow, relaxed warm-up and rehearsed through several pieces with Ithaca College professor Dr. Jennifer Haywood before going to work on their African drumming and dance with guest Kathy Armstrong. This was definitely the high point of the day, as Kathy taught them some call-and-response patterns - using their voices, their bodies, and the drums. Janet then led the entire group in an open rehearsal for all of the graduate conducting participants to observe.

After lunch, the participants took their turns in a conducting master class. YPC and ICC choristers gave some fantastic feedback to the participants as they each conducted a piece; Janet worked with them on their gesture and style.

After our long day full of singing, drumming, movement, and campus dining hall food, we went swimming for an hour (indoors, because it was always seems to rain in Ithaca!)
before enjoying a pizza party and heading off to the host families for night #2.

We are working towards a workshop concert on Friday afternoon -- some of our YPC parents are even going to drive up to see the culmination of all we're working on this week! More to come tomorrow......signing off for now! - Sophia

Japan Rehearsals are in Full Swing!

Friday was the first "official" Japan Tour rehearsal. After a strenuous 5 hour long recording session the evening before (for the upcoming YPC album, It Is Possible), some of the choristers took Friday rehearsal off, but those that were there were ready to get down to business.

Below: Zach, Will, Haru, and Lindsay pour over a map of Japan before rehearsal starts.

YPC Board Member Mrs. Onoyama was at the rehearsal to help everyone with the pronunciation and meaning of the Japanese pop song "Letters" they will be singing while on tour. The song is about the letter a teenage girl writes to herself that is given back to her 30 years later as an adult. It is a beautiful song and is very popular right now with young people in Japan so is sure to be a hit on the tour. Mrs. Onoyama complimented everyone in the chorus for their ability to pick up the words quickly. Must be all the music training!

Stay tuned for more updates on this week's rehearsals!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Spring Concert!

Saturday night's Spring Concert was a great success! All five chorus divisions performed to a sold out crowd at the beautiful Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y.

This concert was a particularly special event because it was the graduation ceremony for all of the YPC's graduating seniors this year, many of whom have been with the YPC for up to 10 years!!!

The audience was made up of old and young; family and friends; new fans and long-time supporters alike. It was truly an inspiring and exciting night of music for all of those performing and in attendance.

Some program highlights included:

-Prelude had the crowd laughing and smiling along with their performance of Hard Knock Life from
Annie- definitely a crowd favorite!

-Intermezzo's performance of Pie Jesu from Andrew Lloyd Weber's Grammy Award winning Requiem Mass was truly beautiful.

-The crowd was breathless after Cantare's performance of Richard Strauss' An der shonen blauen Donau
. Their mastery of German was quite impressive!

-The Young Men's performance of the South African freedom song, Tshotsholoza, gave the audience a feeling of hope and joy.

-Concert Chorus performed Picaflor Esmeralda from the YPC commissioned work
Two Mountain Songs by Gabriela Lena Frank.

-Chorale's performance of It Is Possible by Eric Dozier was an inspiring performance and the audience seemed deeply connected to the song and the performers.

-The Combined Choruses sang two songs together: Take Me To The Water and Oye and every foot in the audience was tapping at some point during those two songs (many hands were clapping and more than a few people were singing along too!).

What a great concert and congratulations to all the Choristers and especially, the graduating seniors!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Conversing with the composer - Bruce Adolphe

Bruce Adolphe and I are sitting in the audience or Bergan PAC listening to an amazing quartet of young players (ages ca. 14) discussing which movement and quarter number this is, from the infamous Shostakovich.


Bruce went up to help the quartet with their tuning and tempo, they are doing a great job! (Francisco)


 * * *

The piece I wrote for this 25th anniversary concert is very hard: the rhythms are tricky, and two of the movements are predominately in 11/16. (Francisco asked me why 11/16 instead of ¾ , which is 12/16, and I admitted that in these hard economic times, I simply had to save some notes, so I took one 1/16 out of every bar. He believed me!)


It is really amazing to hear kids ages 8 to 18 playing and singing such a difficult work. I suppose I could have made it easier, but the tricky rhythms are a part of my nature, and my music wouldn’t be mine if the rhythms didn’t swing and bounce in a certain way – perhaps it is from growing up in New York and always weaving my through traffic and dodging danger.  So I had no choice but to make the piece tricky. To see kids playing this is a great thrill. Two weeks ago, Yo-Yo Ma premiered a huge piece I wrote for him called Self Comes to Mind, and he played it amazingly & brilliantly including lots of very tricky rhythms. But hey! He’s Yo-Yo Ma not a 10 year-old kid whose been playing for 6 years! So, yeah that was great, but this is amazing!  Also, need I say that the YPCNYC is fantastic and is singing this piece beautifully and accurately.  They seem very far away in this huge theater, especially when the orchestra is in front of them --- so it is difficult to negotiate the acoustics, but I’m sure they will rise to the occasion and sing the place apart! By the way, Elizabeth Nunez (why are so many of the YPC conductors named Nunez, anyway?) is wonderful – very musical, inspiring, clear, and almost as pretty as Francisco, wait  -- I mean prettier! I have to thank Elizabeth for taking on such a hard piece. Apparently Francisco was a little concerned about those 11/16 bars, so he made her do it. But she is fine with it. So thank YPCNYC and thanks, too, to the amazing young instrumentalists of the Thurnauer School of Music who are playing Music Is so beautifully and full of energy! Also – young Chase Park, a 10 year-old cellist, plays a solo in my piece along with the chorus and piano. He is such a marvel, and I am sure we will be seeing him on the great stages of the world very soon. ( Hey Yo-Yo watch out for Chase!)




Music melts…

Time to move on to the next movement… Music Melts.  Just piano and chorus for this one.  Once again, we are hearing the sounds of YPC’s Cantare Division, the Thurnauer School of Music Senior Chorus, and the Thurnauer School of Music orchestra.  And this is Sophia Miller bringing you our live blog as the rehearsal goes on…


The strings and percussion join us as we move on to Sarasate Said.  More instruments joining the orchestration means we are having difficulty hearing the chorus again.  Francisco goes on stage to work with the chorus, reminding them to sing out and to fix their posture as well.


Time for the chorus to take a break as we rehearse a movement with guitar and solo violin.  Bruce gives some notes before Elizabeth takes the podium one more time (we had a podium brought onto the stage – everyone can see Elizabeth much more easily now!)


Some conferencing about placement of music stands between Bruce and the stagehands…


Just ten minutes left in the rehearsal before a dinner break!


I often think in music…


Rehearsing I Often Think In Music.  Elizabeth stops – she wants a faster tempo (faster tempo seems to be the theme of the day…?)


One of the children from the orchestra is soloing on the cello – he is doing a beautiful job.  His instrument sings with Bruce’s running eighth notes as he alternates between arco and pizzicato.  I think this one might be my favorite movement – the chorus sings a beautiful lyrical melody, sometimes in unison, sometimes breaking into three parts.


You are the music, while the music lasts


Final movement of the rehearsal – just four minutes left!  Lou takes the podium one more time for this movement.


Back to those familiar running sixteenth notes from the marimba as the chorus sings the words, “You are the music, while the music lasts.”


From one movement to the next, Bruce’s piece brings excitement and anticipation, as well as some haunting melodies and beautiful sounds from both the chorus and the orchestra.  Looking forward to tonight’s performance, 7 p.m. at the Bergen PAC!

YPC Cantare "Music Is"


Some of the younger children have left the stage and we are now prepared to begin Bruce Adolphe’s piece, “Music Is.”


The orchestra begins the piece under Lou’s baton, and the chorus sits.  We hear motives in this first movement that we will later hear with the text.  Sixteenth note patterns emerge from the marimba as the entire orchestra crescendos – a sforzando as we hear a new musical theme. These children are amazing musicians!  Can’t wait to hear the movements with both chorus and orchestra.


Bruce speaks with Lou briefly after this first movement, and here we go with another run-through after some notes for the marimba, and some notes on tempo.  Lou runs a few measures and looks to Bruce – Bruce nods in approval, but still needs a faster tempo.


4:49 p.m.


Elizabeth has taken the baton and we are now hearing the first movement in this piece that includes both chorus and orchestra: Music Is.  It is difficult to hear the chorus – Bruce suggests we raise the lid on the piano, and asks the marimba player to play more softly.  “You’d be surprised…” he says, “It is very loud.  You can be a little quieter.”  Meanwhile, Elizabeth tells the chorus she can use more – and while some of the younger children have left the stage, the chorus singing Bruce’s piece is still made up of YPC’s Cantare and the older children from the Thurnauer School of Music.


Elizabeth works on transitions as Francisco snaps some photos of the chorus – the balance of sound is beginning to improve.


(By the way, we interrupt the music to bring you this special announcement: if you’re parked in the South Right parking lot, please move your car or it will be towed.) 


4:55 p.m.


Starting Music Is from the top one more time – Bruce asks the chorus to be mindful of holding their notes full value, and reminds the orchestra members not performing in this movement to make sure they stay still.  Some of them are getting a little bit restless…


We can definitely hear the changes in balance – the marimba is playing more softly, the piano is more prominent…but we could still use a bit more of the voices.  Moving on…


YPC Cantare at the Dress Rehearsal (Bergan PAC)

4:24 p.m.


We are here at the Bergen PAC in Englewood, New Jersey with 37 members of YPC’s Cantare Division, performing with the Thurnauer School of Music.


The full chorus, including Cantare and many children from the Thurnauer School of Music, is on stage right now with the school’s orchestra.  They are rehearsing Francisco’s “Three Dominican Folksongs.”  Elizabeth began the rehearsal, and now the orchestra’s conductor, Lou Kousma, is continuing the rehearsal.  He keeps checking with Francisco about balance as Francisco listens from several locations throughout the hall.  At first it was difficult to hear the chorus over the orchestra, but with some rehearsing the balance has improved!


4:32 p.m.


Still working on “Three Dominican Folksongs” – trying the third movement, Arroz con leche.  This time, we’re going to take it more up-tempo – instead of conducting in 3, let’s try conducting in 1.  A bit of improvement as Lou looks back at Francisco – still needs to be a little faster!  Better.  Elizabeth is speaking to the chorus – she tells them we need a brighter tone, and stronger consonants.  She demonstrates for them and they make improvements for the next run-through.  Much better!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Radio Radiance ends

You've been watching Radio Radiance, created by Francisco Nunez and the Young People's Chorus of New York City live from WNYC's Jerome Greene Performance Space. 

Watch for our podcasts of this event on soon!

Thank you for sharing this time with us!

Two Mountain Songs

Now we've come to Gabriela Lena Frank's Two Mountain Songs. Gaby says that this is based on the poetry of the Andes, which dominates a large part of South America and was once inhabited by the Inca. This piece is based on an old Inca poem. The Inca, says Gaby, "ate everything," including language. The poems were collected by Jose Maria Arguedes using the Quecha language of these Inca mountain people.

So far, says John, we've heard the voice sounding like anything from transportation to machines. Here, says Gaby, she plays on the sound of echoes. If you were there on the Andes, you would hear a kind of hum. So one group here will tell the story and another will hum, and still another will sound the echo.

The second song has more of a rhythm. Listen to picaflor (hummingbird), where the person is asking the hummingbird to carry back a letter to his parents. The sound imitates the sound of pan pipes, also a distinct musical instrument of the Andes. 

Everthing about this song, she says, is about lung power, about stamina. Here we go with Gaby Frank's Two Mountain Songs, live from WNYC.

Three Heavens and Hell, Movement 5

Awesome! We took the Crosstown M42 twice! The kids in the audience really had fun, and Francisco's asking them to identify the sounds. 

Next up: the amazing Meredith Monk, our in-house Genius (as in MacArthur). This is a first for Meredith -- the first work she's ever done with words. The words are from a poem by then 10-year old Tennessee Reed, daughter of author Ishmail Reed. It goes this way:

 "There are 3 heavens and hells, people heaven and hell, animal heaven and hell, things heaven and hell. What's the difference? There is none."

Meredith says she doesn't usually use words, but just voice, because the voice in itself speaks to the heart. So she chose a poem with very few words. The voice is also about the body, and Meredith says she wants YPC to groove!

It's all about the sound, she says. This is the "things" section. This is "thing hell," when things go out of control.

But as you can see, this awesome live performance is anything but.

Here we go: Meredith Monk singing with YPC! And it's all live!

Crosstown M42

Did you guys listen to that!!??!! Liement me deport is such a haunting piece. The performance got rousing applause from our young (and not so young) audience, and so did Eve.

Now Robert is explaining what his piece, Crosstown M42, is about. He's having the kids do some of the sounds and they're all having fun. "Teaching kids to hyperventilate through internet technology," quips John. He's introducing Robert and Fred now, explaining what "foley" is. Fred is doing some foley sounds to the great amusement of the kids.

The story behind this piece goes something like this: Robert and Fred took the M42 across Manhattan and they didn't really know what to, except that there were all those sounds that they found so interesting ("back door!!! back door!!!"). They decided to mix the music they heard along the way (e.g. sitar) with the sounds, then get a choir to try all these sounds (that choir being YPC).

So Fred sent Robert a piece with all these sounds he recreated on a computer, and Robert wondered what he could do to lift it to another level. His idea: at each stop, they would hear some kind of music. Music and sound effects = a new kind of music lifted as metaphor, so that when you get on the bus again, says Fred, you think about the music. You think about the sounds, says Robert, in a musical way.

The real message of the piece: If you see something, sing something. For those of you outside of NYC, this is a pun on the paranoid Metro bus message after 9/11 (if you see something, say something).

Here we go, Crosstown M42!

Machaut in the Machine Age: Liement me deport

This is a beautiful, haunting piece which Eve based on the words and music of 14th century trouvere, Guillaume de Machaut. Eve's idea was to give this work a contemporary "techno" feel, bringing the 14th century to the 21st.

Eve is such a groundbreaking, cutting edge composer, so very downtown NYC and so hip. What's interesting is that Machaut himself was the cutting edge composer of his time, forerunner of Ars Nova, and turning the current music of his time on its head and introducing what would be known as isorhythm, introducing more complex rhythms and structures, often repeating patterns and manipulating them. Sounds familiar, no? Today it would be sort of like sampling.

In the same vein, Eve takes this music and does a Machaut. She takes one line from Machaut and spreads it out in four layers. She's now explaining the song to the children, about wanting what you don't have. The best way to get what you don't have, she says, is to be clear about wanting it.

Actually, for anyone who's ever had his or her heart broken (and who hasn't?), Machaut is the man. Unrequited love was his forte, and his ideas of lamentation for the beloved sounds contemporary even today. Even Dante was profoundly influenced by this guy -- check out Dante's La Vita Nuova.

Eve is explaining what we've done earlier -- we've recorded two versions, and now we're recording the song live.

Here it is: Liement me deport. Eve's translation: Smile when your heart is breaking.

Back live on the web

We are back live on the web, at

You can see Francisco wowing our Satellite School children from PS75 (Upper West Side) and PS268 (Crown Heights, Brooklyn). He's introduced Eve, Meredith, Gaby, Robert and Fred to the special guests and he's been talking about each composer's piece so they'll have an idea what the show will be all about.

F. has also introduced John Schaefer to the kids. We'll go to live performance very soon.

Amy is now introducing the 4 pieces to the kids, explaining their elements and structure, and how the sounds and voices are being put together. As she does so, our choristers are coming on stage (the girls are now wearing their signature YPC scarves).

We will perform Eve's piece first.

Our Satellite School kids are here

Our Satellite school children from PS75 and PS268 are now in the hall, and Francisco is asking each one to go around and introduce themselves. These are some really spritely kids and we're all having fun getting acquainted with them.

Also in the house tonight: our conductors Elizabeth Nunez, Amy Kotsonis, and Sophia Miller, who also teach at our Satellite Schools.

Also here are Linda Golding, YPC's artistic advisor, Shelly White, our listening guide writer/consultant, and Angela Duryea, our publicity manager. And our tireless production staff, Nicole Arbes and Dena Tasse-Winter.

John's also here now, and ready to start the show. He says the interviews went really well. They'll all be available online when YPC posts all the episodes online on our web site.

The composers are now chatting with the children, telling them about their background and what schools they went to and what music meant to them. These kids are so into the music that many of them, we hope, will become singers or composers as well.

We will go live with our performances soon. Stay with us!

Gaby Frank's post

YPC is awesome!  And a total composer's dream -- I'm having a blast here at the radio studio, my second time to work with the singers, and most definitely hope this won't be my last.  As I'm listening to these guys work on their music, my brain's getting flooded with ideas for future songs.  YPC's my new muse.  

(...Now, I'm going to grab six inches of Subway sandwich in the Green Room before all the food is gone...)

Posted by Gabriela Lena Frank, composer

Radio Radiance!

Radio Radiance is so much fun! We're meeting people like Gabriela Lena Frank and Eve Beglarian, and we're having a a great time singing their pieces. What a great experience, and the pieces sound great. The new WNYC studios are gorgeous! This is going to be one fantastic concert, and I can't wait to hear it on the radio! 

Posted by Will Cabaniss, Concert Chorus

Short break, then we go live

We are taking a short break (the choristers need to get some food!!) and will be back soon. Our Satellite School children will be coming in to watch the live performance. Stay tuned, the real show is about to begin.

Two Mountain Songs

Francisco has the kids practicing their Spanish before getting into the song, to make sure enunciation is perfect. We're singing the first of the two songs now. They've actually performed this live at our gala, so this one should be a cinch for the chorus. Even so, knowing what a perfectionist F. is...  :-)

Gabriela Lena Frank in the house

We are now rehearsing Gabriela Lena Frank's Two Mountain Songs, and Gaby is in the house! This work has our choristers breathing the way pan pipe players of the Andes do, and it's a beautiful, lyrical song based on the region's poetry.

Remember, we are also live on the WNYC webstream. Stay tuned, all 4 works will be performed in a while, with John Schaefer chatting with the composers.

Still live from WNYC

We are live blogging Radio Radiance from WNYC. Meredith's Three Heavens and Hells is still in rehearsal, and yes, we're behind schedule (for the actual live performance with John Schaefer).

You can see how this piece is shaping up by going to

Stay with us, there's much more to come.

Meredith's 3 Heavens and Hells in rehearsal

If you've been following our live webcast, you can see how complex and challenging the music we're performing is. This is what makes YPC unique -- no easy pieces here. YPC commissions some of the most cutting edge music on the planet, more so because they're music for young people's voices.

We scheduled our rehearsals so we'd be moving from extremely difficult to relatively easy. But the degrees of difficulty are a little subtle, no?

Meredith's piece has our choristers using her now famous extended vocal technique. It's really pushing our voices to their extreme possibilities. 

Live performance of all 4 works coming in 15 minutes. Stay tuned.

Meredith Monk is in the house

And she's in a blazing red sweater and looks so absolutely cool. She's going to be performing with our choristers (the way she did at our gala concert at Alice Tully). She looks like one of our children! (Oops. Don't know if she'll like that...)

Stay tuned. We are blogging live from WNYC.

Meredith Monk is next

Crosstown M42 went perfectly! We are now assembling to practice Meredith Monk's Three Heavens and Hell.

Stay tuned. Live webcast will continue in a moment:

Robert Kapilow and Fred Newman in the house!

Robert and Fred have joined us and we're doing double conducting. Robert's conducting the foley group with Fred adding more guidance. Francisco is conducting the other groups.

Robert's a live wire! And Fred is doing a cameo, filling in for one of our boys who couldn't make it (swine flu? hope not...)

We're 2 hours behind schedule, F. reminds everyone, so we better get this right, right now.

Crosstown M42

We are on air, rehearsing Robert Kapilow's amazing Crosstown M42. The music imitates the sounds you hear on the Manhattan crosstown bus -- all recreated by voices. If you're watching the webcast, note that this is just a rehearsal. We are performing the entire piece live starting at 6:30 tonight. 

F. is quite happy, as you can see. Robert is being interviewed by John right now in the Green Room, but F. wants him brought in so Fred Newman can do the "foley" -- mouth sounds -- that are central to the piece.

Webcast is now live

If you've been following this, our live webcast is now on:

We are rehearsing Robert Kapilow's Crosstown M42, and we're spread out all over the Jerome Greene Performance Space.

Gabriela Frank is in the house!

Francisco welcomes her and says, Welcome to chaos!

If you've been following our live blog and webcast, send us your comments. We'd love to hear from you!

Kapilow is next

We're setting up to rehearse Robert Kapilow's equally complex and challenging Crosstown M42 now. The chorus is being spread out all over the hall. There's a bunch (the "sound effects" group) performing just a couple a feet away from me! There's another group on stage, and two other groups to the right and left of the stage. In fact, everybody's performing!

Still perfecting Machaut

2 more choristers have been asked to sit. F. wants this piece perfect and there's no room at all for error. 

OK, from the top now. Shhh, but I think it's sounding really good. Let's see what F. and Eve say...

And the verdict is: yes!

Group 1 rehearsing Machaut

F. starts by leading this group on snapping. This part doesn't get off to a good start. F. tells anyone who doesn't know the piece so far to go back to the seats. He says it's nothing to be ashamed of, but we can't wait for others to learn. Two have just sat. 

F. says if one more makes a mistake, the entire group will sit down. An exodus begins, nearly 8-10 make it back to the seats. Now there are only 10 choristers on stage. Kind of like American Idol, only more stressful?

Down to the wire

We're an hour and a half behind, and pressure's mounting. John Schaefer is going to interview the composers in the Green Room in a short while, so we'll have to take a break from rehearsals (the kids will grab a quick dinner before tonight's live webstream).

Uh oh, somebody just dropped a plastic cup, and F. is so not happy (and the chorister seems terrified)...

Back to rehearsal. One run through for Group 3; F. says it sounds good to him. (Sigh of relief from all.)

Group 1 is next. Yes, this piece is that complicated!

Radio Radiance Live

You are following the live blog of Radio Radiance, YPC's new program on innovative choral music, live from the Jerome Greene Space at WNYC in New York City.

Stay with us. We have Robert Kapilow, Fred Newman, Meredith Monk and Gabriela Lena Frank coming soon.

Group 3 is on stage now to practice their part of Eve's challenging work. Challenging but so utterly beautiful, even at this early stage. Francisco says the "groove is really singing." 

Eve asks the kids if they're happy and ready to perform from the top. Everybody thinks so. 

Tune in to greenespace at 5:30 tonight to watch the live performance. It will blow your mind!

Going well

Seems like the mixing problem is getting solved. Francisco thinks we're ready. He's actually smiling now, haha. Appropriate for the song, Liement me deport, which means I behave as though happy. 

From Eve in the control room: "It's unbelievably gorgeous!!!"


Mixing problems...

Eve's just realized that the pre-recorded music is louder than the choristers' voices, so she's suggesting that we forget her fabulous idea and go with another fabulous idea. She's getting a little worried herself ("I don't know what to do," she whispers to me as she hurries back to the control room). 

The engineers have moved the monitors farther into the stage to pick up less sound. Remember, this is going to be live audio (apart from the webcast later tonight) so live mixing is crucial.

Eve's still not happy with the mix. But we'll work things out.

I just looked out and our Satellite school children are coming in. They'll be the audience for tonight -- this place will be packed in a few minutes!

John Schaefer drops in

Introductions all around. Francisco has introduced the engineering staff to the kids. BTW, the Greene Space has panoramic windows looking out on Tribeca. It's drizzling in the city -- perfect atmosphere for our music.

John Schaefer just popped in to see how things are going. He's off to do his show but will be back later for the interviews.

Rehearsing Machaut

One of our conductors, Jon Holden, is helping out on the piano. Group 3 for the Machaut piece is now on stage to practice their part of the song. It's getting a little tense, actually, Francisco's a perfectionist, as everyone of our choristers knows, and he won't be happy with this piece until it's absolutely perfect. (This is one of the reasons our kids are inspired to be their best.) 

Eve's come out of the control room. She seems to think it's going much better. We're practicing it with the other groups now.

F. is telling the kids to focus on the rhythm not emotion. The piece itself is quite moving, and understatement would heighten it. At least that's what this lay listener is beginning to understand.

Stay tuned. We've only just begun!

Concert Chorus on stage

Francisco has just called Concert Chorus on stage. Everyone is in obligatory black -- really NYC cool. F. is planning logistics -- it's a small stage and there are about 40 choristers. Now we've managed to fit 13 on stage. F. is reminding everyone that this is being recorded live and no one is allowed to talk at all. 

He's just introduced Eve to the kids. Eve is instructing this group (Group 2) on how to adjust the piece to suit the venue. She's asking them to sing the piece in a relaxed manner, despite the emotion. She and F. are guiding them on the clapping part of the piece, Machaut in the Machine Age.

Live: Radio Radiance

You've just heard from 3 of our dashing Young Men. We'll be pulling more choristers in to blog as we move along -- if we can tear them away from rehearsal! Everyone's busy in the lobby, you can hear the songs coming to perfection. They've only been rehearsing for this live webcast for the last month and half, so you can imagine the pressure. YPC's choristers are so busy and so in demand. In the last few months alone, they performed at our gala at Alice Tully Hall, with Stephen Petronio Dance Company in Nico Muhly's I Drink the Air Before Me at the Joyce, with 70 other musicians in Terry Riley's In C at Carnegie Hall, and on tour in Schenectady and Utica. Whew.

This is Eric G, live blogging from WNYC New York Public Radio. YPC's Radio Radiance will come to you live until 8:30 PM tonight. Stay with us. We'll pull Eve Beglarian to scribble a few words soon. Also, I saw Robert Kapilow and Fred Newman in the Green Room!

The pre-behind the scenes.

The members that make up the Young Mens division are patiently awaiting the opportunity to start our rehearsal of M42. The Concert Chorus can be heard raising there voices throughout rehearsal space giving everyone a feeling of silent apprehension. At times like these a good book in had is welcome but, we are being told that is shouldn't be much longer till we raise our voices!

-Rafael L.

Radio Radiance Rocks!

I think Radio Radiance is a really great way to help spread music throughout the world. It is also really interesting as a chorister to see how the whole production of live radio works. Hopefully today's performance will be heard and watched by many people and they will start making music themselves! Were starting soon, so I have to get back to the action! Bye!

-Christopher Hall, Young Men's

Young Men Division Before Live Concert

This truly is a great experience for me. I can't believe I'm actually going to be on the radio! I've heard one of my favorite shows on the radio called Prairie Home Companion and now I will have done what they did! All in all, YPC is a great experience for us all!

Perry Wolfman 

Radio Radiance Live from New York City!

Welcome to the live blog of Radio Radiance, a new program introduced by Francisco Nunez and the Young People's Chorus of New York City!

We are here live at the Jerome Greene Performance Space at WNYC, in New York's Tribeca district. 

Our choristers are presently in the lobby warming up with Francisco and the other conductors. In a few minutes they will be ushered into the space where the entire program will begin.

Eve Beglarian is in the house!!! Her piece, Machaut in the Machine Age: Liement me deport, will be performed first. It's also the most complicated, and right now WNYC engineers are setting up mikes all over the space for various solos.

Stay with us. We will have some of our kids come over and live blog as well.

Send in your comments. This is going to be a very exciting evening!!