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Young People's Chorus Of New York City Benefit

Francisco J. Núñez leading the Young People’s Chorus of NYC
Artistic director Francisco J. Núñez leading the Young People's Chorus of NYC.

The Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC) held their 10th anniversary benefit evening at Carnegie Hall and the New York Athletic Club on October 22nd. The event raised $900,000 for the organization.  

The concert, hosted by Soledad O'Brien from CNN and John Schaefer from WNYC was completely sold out with artists from many areas of the musical universe donating their performances in special musical arrangements with members of the YPC and the New York Pops.  They included Phil Stacey from American Idol; Rosanne Cash; from Broadway's Jersey Boys, Tony-winner Christian Hoff and Bobby Spencer; the international reggae sensation Maxi Priest, former YPC member Elizabeth Ziman with her hit indie band Elizabeth & the Catapult, Broadway's Hugh Panaro (Phantom of the Opera), and Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), and the Stephen Petronio Company.  The concert culminated in a spectacular and emotional performance by all 1000 YPC choristers seated throughout the hall and on stage in The Song I Sing— a joyous combination of classical, jazz and, rap—specially written as a gift for the occasion by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning collaborators of such shows as Seussical and Ragtime.  
Making the evening possible were co-chairs YPC Board chairman, The Honorable A. Jerry Kremer; Hiroko Onoyama, executive advisor and former vice president in the chairman and founder's office at Sony; and YPC board members Nancy Bloom and Roger Ross.  For their untiring efforts on behalf of the chorus, YPC board member Suzan Kremer and Philip H. Lovett, founding partner of Millennium Partners, were presented with the YPC's Community Service Award and its Corporate Award, respectively. 

The Young People's Chorus of NYC was founded by artistic director Francisco J. Núñez to bring together children of different backgrounds—ethnic, religious and economic—to work together towards the common goal of making beautiful music, while at the same time opening up the minds of the children to other cultures and ways of life, resulting in deep bonds and an understanding that would influence each and every child, and through those children their families and their communities.  The chorus has grown from just nine boys and girls at the start to 1000 neighborhood kids who participate through the chorus's core after-school program and seven Satellite schools throughout the city from Crown Heights and the Upper West Side to Harlem and the South Bronx.

Francisco J. Núñez,  George Nemeth, Bruce Rosenblatt, Hoc Noble, and J.B. Harrison
Francisco J. Núñez (center) with Founding members of YPC George Nemeth, Bruce Rosenblatt, Hoc Noble, and J.B. Harrison.

Suzan Kremer and Roger Ross
Benefit co-chairs Suzan Kremer and Roger Ross.

Nancy Bloom and Hiroko Onoyama
Benefit co-chairs Nancy Bloom and Hiroko Onoyama.

Bob and Ann McGrath; Suzan Kremer, The Honorable A. Jerry Kremer
Bob and Ann McGrath; Suzan Kremer, The Honorable A. Jerry Kremer.

Richard Berger, Neil Costa. Lynn Ahrens, Marilyn Olia Berger
Richard Berger, Neil Costa. Lynn Ahrens, Marilyn Olia Berger.

Francisco J. Núñez and his wife Elizabeth (second from left) with Ambassador and Mrs. Motoatsu Sakurai, Consul General of Japan.

Photos: Stephanie Berger
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