The concert begins at 8pm with WNYC's John Schaefer as host and features the world premiere of Hijaz, a Transient Glory commission from Michael Harrison for youth chorus, cello, and Just Intonation (JI) piano. Joining the chorus for the debut of Hijaz are renowned cellist Maya Beiser and percussionist Payton MacDonald.
The concert is also a retrospective of many of Transient Glory's most significant and influential compositions including those by John Corigliano (One Sweet Morning), David Del Tredici (Four Heartfelt Anthems), Paquito D'Rivera (Tembandumba), Gabriela Lena Frank (Picaflor Esmeralda), Meredith Monk (Things) and Michael Torke (Song of Ezekiel).
The 10th anniversary season celebration of Transient Glory began in October, when the chorus joined the Kronos Quartet at Le Poisson Rouge to perform the world premiere of Michael Gordon's Exalted and a second performance of Terry Riley's acclaimed Another Secret eQuation. Both works will be included on YPC's Transient Glory III recording.
The series was initially created in 2001 to spotlight the children's chorus as a serious, and indeed glorious, instrument for making music during that fleeting period of time when a child's voice endows music with a particular poignancy and innocence and to demonstrate that young performers are capable of music-making of the highest quality. Now, a decade later with almost 60 YPC premieres of music commissioned from many of the most visionary composers of our time, including Pulitzer Prize, Oscar, and MacArthur "genius" grant recipients, YPC's Transient Glory is playing a huge role in the ever-evolving fabric of music in the 21st century. Not only has the series greatly expanded the repertoire for children's chorus, but it has also convinced many composers of the importance and value of composing for this instrument.
Tickets for the Friday, May 6, Transient Glory 10th anniversary concert are popularly priced at $10 and are available at the 92nd Street Y box office or by calling 212-415-5500.