Saturday, July 16  |  6:30PM

Young People's Chorus of NYC CIA at Copia

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, an award-winning ensemble led by Francisco J. Núñez, returns to Festival Napa Valley for a celebratory and uniquely American concert. The evening includes the world premiere of Polaris by Nia Imani Franklin, an anthem that pays tribute to the making of Juneteenth a national holiday, and an arrangement of Gordon Getty’s celebrated choral work, Young America. Renowned baritone Lester Lynch reunites with the chorus for a selection of hymns and spirituals. Also performing are the winners of this year’s Manetti Shrem Opera Prize: soprano Mikayla Sager and tenor Mario Chang.

The Young People's Chorus of NYC appearance is made possible by support from First Republic Bank.

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Artists

Francisco J. Núñez
Francisco J. Núñez

Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, is a composer, conductor, and leading figure in music education. In founding the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Núñez created an awareness of the ability of young people to rise to unforeseen artistic heights.

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Young People's Chorus of New York City
Young People's Chorus of New York City

Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) is a multicultural youth chorus, internationally renowned for its superb virtuosity, brilliant showmanship, and innovative model of diversity. Founded by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, YPC’s spectacular artistry has been showcased in award-winning performances around the world. 
 

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Mario Chang
Mario Chang

Celebrated as “a born bel canto tenor” by the New York Times, Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has appeared on such renowned stages as the Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera, as well as with acclaimed orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra. 

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Nia Imani Franklin
Nia Imani Franklin

As stated by Lindsay Bierman, former chancellor of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Nia Imani Franklin is "a remarkable young woman who embodies the power of the arts to enrich and transform lives." Franklin was a recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education, as well as Miss New York 2018 and Miss America 2019. She currently works as a composer and artistic leader, empowering women in music through her organization "Compose Her."

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Lester Lynch
Lester Lynch

Acclaimed by opera and concertgoers worldwide, Lester Lynch is regarded not only as a true Verdi baritone, but also as one of today’s foremost interpreters of American spirituals and contemporary opera.

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Mikayla Sager
Mikayla Sager

Praised for her "pure, lyrical and soaring voice" (Allegri con fuoco), Canadian soprano Mikayla Sager is a rising soprano with an affinity for the grand Bel Canto repertoire.

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Venue

The Culinary Institute of America at Copia

Situated next to the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa, this newly expanded venue offers an array of food and wine experiences for visitors to the burgeoning Oxbow District.

 
The Culinary Institute of America at Copia