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PLAY: The Classics

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, in collaboration with Shandelee Music Festival, is pleased to announce the second annual return of  PLAY: The Classics in the magnificent Event Gallery at Bethel Woods. The goal of this series is to encourage and foster young talented emerging artists, help to build and cultivate a younger audience and increase attendance of all ages.

The series will include the following artists and performances:

Young People's Chorus of New York City 

Sunday, April 22 at 3:00 pm
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. Founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow, on a mission of diversity and artistic excellence, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child musically, academically, and socially and has established the youth chorus as a significant and often untapped instrument for making music. Over 1,600 children from ages 8 to 18 participate annually in YPC through its after-school, in-school program, and community programs. The repertoire for YPC ranges from renaissance and classical traditions through gospel, folk, pop, contemporary, and world music.  In addition, YPC has extended and invigorated the repertoire for young voices by commissioning and premiering over 100 pieces of new music from many of today’s most distinguished composers, the majority through its Transient Glory and Radio Radiance series. YPC’s commitment to artistic excellence and diversity inspires frequent invitations for collaborations and performances from a global array of festivals, cultural institutions, and cities on four continents. YPC was named New York’s first radio choir, was the first children’s chorus ever to open Lincoln Center’s venerable Mostly Mozart Festival,  and among its many awards are a Chorus America Education Outreach Award, two Chorus America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, and a 2017 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.  In 2011 received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, America’s highest honor for youth programs.

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PLAY: The Classics is made possible in part through the generous support of the Rea Charitable Trust, the Guenther Family, and Richard and Karen Goodman.