Young People’s Chorus of New York City Announces Two Holiday Programs

By Francisco Salazar

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City has announced two programs for the holiday season.

The first of the concerts will be “A Very Merry New York” under the direction of Francisco J. Núñez and Creative Director Elizabeth Núñez. The performance will be held at the David Geffen Hall and will feature“Ohrot,” lights in Hebrew, composed by Francisco J. Núñez himself and “We Are the Light,” by composer Jim Papoulis, which features poignant and stirring lyrics by the choristers themselves.

The program will also feature a special arrangement of “Silent Night” performed by YPC’s talented young vocalists and 2023 Grammy nominated Time for Three’s violinist, Nicolas Kendall.

Performance Date: Dec. 11, 2022

The second concert will be “Topsy-Turvy New York,” a joyous and warm new holiday special from the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. The program will premiere on The WNET Group’s ALL ARTS TV network Dec. 21 and Dec. 24.

Under the direction of YPC Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez, the feature-length special is set to an original story by best-selling author James Patterson and co-written by author and lyricist Susan DiLallo and author Richard DiLallo.

Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis’ first partnered on a project nearly 25 years ago, the first of many to come. About that first project, Núñez said,  “I quickly realized that Jim Papoulis was a remarkable composer with a completely distinctive voice. We here at YPC have commissioned over a dozen works from him over the years. Jim is a big-hearted humanitarian who always uses his unique gifts to empower and enrich lives, especially those of children. I look forward to premiering this exciting new work.”