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Press release:

As a new era dawns at Madison Youth Choirs (MYC), we have a special opportunity to reflect on what it means to be the first residents of a new home, Madison Youth Arts Center (MYArts), that will inspire young creative minds for generations to come. Each of MYC’s 300 young singers will play a role in building a culture of inclusion, innovation and reflection.

Throughout the semester, our singers discussed what it means to be an ancestor, how they see the imprint of our ancestors in music, art and poetry, and the impressions they would like to leave of their time here. . Each choir also studies Amanda Gorman’s poem “In This Place”, which will serve as inspiration and anchor for our entire 2021-2022 season.

A small sample of the variety of works our choirs are exploring this semester: Roger Bourland’s staging of Francisco X. Alarcón’s poetry, “In a Neighborhood in Los Angeles”; “All the Way Home” by Sarah Quartel; Purcell’s “Blow the Trumpet”; the traditional piece “Now I Walk in Beauty” with lyrics reflected by the ancestors of the Navajo people; and the setting to music by Stephen Chatman of “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.

We are particularly excited to share our work during our first live concert since February 2020! To celebrate this return to performing, we will professionally record and broadcast each concert with our friends at Audio for the Arts in multiple locations, all accessible on the MYC website, in addition to hosting a small audience of members of the family of singers in MYArts. ‘Starlight Theater. Join us via the livestream on Sunday December 12 at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

MYC “Ancestors in Training” Winter Concert Series

Live broadcast on madisonyouthchoirs.org. Access to the streaming link is free and concerts will be recorded for later viewing for a limited time.

Sunday 12 December 2021

1:00 p.m. Choralists, Con Gioia and Capriccio

3.30 p.m. Purcell, Britten and Holst

7:30 p.m. Cantilena, Cantabile and Ragazzi

MYC Winter Concerts are generously endowed by the Diane Ballweg Performance Fund and supported by Dane Arts (with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, the Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi and Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation), the Capitol Lakes Foundation, the Madison Arts Commission, and the Wisconsin Arts Board, with additional funding from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Madison Youth Choirs (MYC):

Recognized as an innovator in choral music education for young people, Madison Youth Choirs (MYC) welcomes singers of all skill levels, serving more than 1,000 young people, ages 7-18 each year, through a wide variety of choral programs in our community. Cultivate a philosophy of comprehensive music education that inspires self-confidence, Responsibility and a spirit of inquiry leading students to become ‘expert opinions’, MYC creates accessible and meaningful opportunities for young people to thrive in the arts and beyond.


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