Young People’s Chorus of New York City Announces Lineup for ‘TogetherAlone’ Series

By Chris Ruel

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) has announced the lineup for a new music series that explores the pandemic’s impact on children and young adults.

The series, entitled “AloneTogether,” will take place in an immersive, mixed-media art exhibition at New York’s High Line Nine Gallery through Dec. 19, 2021.

The events will feature world premieres of works by Yuka C. Honda, Michael Gordon, and David Lang, among others. In total, the exhibition will feature 500 performers, 15 composers, seven poets, five conductors, three choreographers, and two filmmakers.

Francisco J. Núñez, artistic director and founder of YPC, conceptualized and curated the installation.

Here’s a look at what the Chorus has lined up for “AloneTogether.” All the works were commissioned for YCP’s latest commissioning initiative, THE CANONS PROJECT.

Nels Cline, and Devin Hoff, will join composer Yuka C. Honda in a performance featuring Honda’s “When a Tree Lives a Thousand Years,” and the world premiere of “Dear Future.” YCP will perform the concert live.

Performance Date: Dec. 3, at 7:00 p.m.

Composers Tom Cabaniss and Elizabeth Núñez, with soprano Shanelle Woods, will present Cabaniss’s “Heaven Is” and composer Elizabeth Núñez’s, “My Rainbow in the Window.” Woods will perform the work alongside YPC.

Performance Date: Dec. 5, at 2:00 p.m.

Composer Michael Harrison will showcase select works for piano and will be joined by tabla player Nitin Mitta and YCP for the world premiere of Harrison’s piece, “A New Well.”

Performance Date: Dec. 5, at 5:00 p.m.

Composer Derek Bermel with Argus Quartet will perform Bermel’s “A Short History of the Universe” (as related by Nima Arkani-Hamed). YPC will present the world premiere of Bermel’s rap, “Cabin Fever.”

Performance Date: Dec. 7, at 5:00 p.m.

Composer Michael Gordon, and virtuoso cellist Maya Beiser, will feature the cellist performing Gordon’s “All Vows.” YPC will present the world premiere of Gordon’s “Como Estoy en Casa.”

Performance Date: Dec. 8, at 7:00 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, with Megan Williams Dance Project, will feature curator Francisco Núñez in discussion with composer David Lang and choreographer Megan Williams. YPC’s world premiere performance of Lang’s “when this all ends’ will follow the talk.

Performance Date: Dec. 12, at 3:00 p.m.

Francisco J. Núñez will host composer Paola Prestini, and award-winning cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, as he plays music by Prestini. YPC will present the world premiere of Prestini’s “For Every Atom.”

Performance Date: Dec. 17, at 7:00 p.m.

The closing event with composer Jim Papoulis will showcase the world premiere of Jim Papoulis’s introspective piece “Where Do We Go From Here.”

Performance Date: Dec. 19, at 3:00 p.m.