Michael Kerschner / Artistic Director

Current Season

The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus 2017-2018 Season

Celebrating 17 years of flawlessly sung, dramatically presented performances


Mixed Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble, and Chamber Singers

Sanctuary City

Our home city is one of nearly 500 sanctuary cities in the United States; places that defiantly assert the complex idea that America is all of us. New York has always been a place where everyone has a story worth knowing, and traditions and laws are informed by that knowledge. The Sanctuary City is not a perfect place, but it engages openness as a way of healing, diverting the politics of division into efforts of creativity and ingenuity. We experience this as that famous NYC energy.

Saturday, Mar 24, 2018 • 7:00pm
Young New Yorkers’ Chorus: Mixed Ensemble
Address: 225 W. 99th St. »
Admission: $20
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Only All of Us: The entire YNYC family joins forces for this poignant celebration of community. With world premiere works for double chorus from our Competition for Young Composers: The Salutation of the Dawn by Eleanor Daley – Caritas Est by Christopher Mueller – Laulusild (Bridge of Song) by Veljo Tormis – Mu isamaa on minu arm by Aleksander Kunileid arr. Cyrillus Kreek / Gustav Ernesaks – Been in de Storm/Wayfaring Stranger arr. by Craig Hella Johnson – All Of Us from Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson.
Saturday, May 19, 2018 • 7:30pm
Young New Yorkers’ Chorus: Women’s Ensemble
Address: 165 West 86th Street »
Admission: $20
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Because We Come from Everything: YNYC Women’s Ensemble – Songs of displacement and home. The cycle of poems set in I Never Saw Another Butterfly were written by children prisoners of Terezin. They resonate today, when oppressive regimes at home and abroad seek to dehumanize people displaced by rigid ideologies and disasters environmental and economic. The challenge of our time is to know the stories and trials of these people. This requires language unambiguous in truth, resonant enough that the truth will not be forgotten. When it is too late to save the storyteller, the stories must be more urgently told. Repertoire includes: Various folk songs – I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Charles Davidson: It All Depends on How You Look at It. / Man Proposes, God Disposes / Terezin / The Butterfly / The Garden / The Little Mouse / On A Sunny Evening / Yes, That’s the Way Things Are / Birdsong
Saturday, Jun 2, 2018 • 8:00pm
Young New Yorkers’ Chorus: Mixed Ensemble
Address: 29 Jay St »
Admission: $20
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Breathing Free: YNYC Mixed Ensemble – A choral meditation on NYC’s ecological and spiritual oases, dedicated to Environmental Migrants who are forced to leave their homes due to Climate Change. Repertoire includes: I Hear America Singing, William Cutter Somewhere, Leonard Bernstein Sitio, Dominick D’Orio Cloudburst, Eric Whitacre Epitaph for Moonlight, R. Murray Schafer Peace of Wild Things, Jake Runestad Come to the Woods, Jake Runestad Soneto de Noche, Lauridsen Make Our Garden Grow, Leonard Bernstein

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