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Ithaca Children's Choir performs 'Crosstown 42,' part of 'Radio Radiance' project
Janet Galván speaks with WSKG's Gregory Keeler
Ithaca Children's Choir performs 'Crosstown 42,' part of 'Radio Radiance' project
Online interview audio now available Ithaca Children's Choir performs
Crosstown 42

Directed by Janet Galván

Part of "Radio Radiance" project

Podcasts, listener guides, and interviews with the Radio RadianceTM composers are available from http://www.ypc.org/radioradiance/rrAudio.html. ALSO, this website has specific information about the original program and podcasts of composers Fred Newman and Rob Kapilow.

In participation with youth choruses, schools, and radio stations across the country, the Young People's Chorus of New York City and its Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez are expanding their Radio RadianceTM radio/internet project with performances and radio broadcasts by six U.S. youth choruses, who will perform new music compositions commissioned by the YPC for Radio RadianceTM.

This grassroots effort is the second phase of YPC's Radio RadianceTM, which was introduced last year to attract new listeners to this adventurous and innovative choral music.
In the first phase of Radio RadianceTM, YPC collaborated with American Public Media and WNYC, New York Public Radio, to premiere four new works it commissioned from composers Eve Beglarian, Meredith Monk, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Rob Kapilow with Fred Newman nationally on APM's Performance Today program and in New York on WNYC, New York Public Radio.

The six participating choruses are Anima-Young Singers of Chicago, Children's Chorus of Washington, D.C., the Ithaca Children's Choir in Ithaca, New York; Miami Children's Chorus, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Chamber Choir in Bellevue, Washington; and Young Peoples' Chorus of Erie, Pennsylvania, a national affiliate of the Young People's Chorus of New York City.

The Radio RadianceTM compositions are Eve Beglarian's Machaut in the Machine Age VI: Liement Me Deport, which takes the music of the 14th-century troubadour tradition and gives it a contemporary "techno" feel; Gabriela Lena Frank's Two Mountain Songs, which incorporates iconic poetry and breathing techniques of Andean pan pipes to create a vocally descriptive recreation of South American folklore; Crosstown M42 by Rob Kapilow and mouth sounds artist Fred Newman, which takes listeners on a virtual bus ride from New York's west to east sides, complete with squealing brakes, cooing pigeons, and steel drummers; and the fifth movement of Meredith Monk's song cycle Three Heavens and Hells, based on a poem by a then-11-year-old Tennessee Reed, in which singers use vocal sounds and textures to create images and ideas that illuminate the music and texts.

Crosstown M42 by Rob Kapilow and Fred Newman The Ithaca Children's Choir, conducted by Janet Galvan, will take on the performance of Crosstown M42, which entails not only singing but producing the urban sounds everyone is likely to hear on a bus ride on big city streets. Crosstown M42 closes with a paraphrase of the famous New York City alert heard on all city transportation: "If you see something SING something."