At Bang on a Can’s 30th anniversary gala at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last month, Francisco Núñez and Young People’s Chorus of New York City were honored to receive BoaC’s Visionary Award from its three co-founders–Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang. Upon receiving the award, Francisco thanked his great BoaC friends and colleagues for supporting YPC for so many years and for recognizing that it is today’s children who will be the ones to build on the music, sounds, and ideas that BoaC has inspired.
"For our 30th(!) Anniversary Benefit Gala we're proud to honor our friend and compatriot Francisco J. Núñez, a lifelong New Yorker who had the vision and talent to create and direct one of the world's greatest youth choirs - the Young People's Chorus of NYC. His group is extraordinary for its virtuosity and diversity and energy and optimism. A youth choir is an astounding instrument unto itself, and Francisco has made commissioning new music for this instrument a key part of his mission. His Transient Glory project has commissioned more than 100 pieces from today's most forward-thinking composers. What an incredible way to ensure that young people have an opportunity to be a part of the renaissance of new music all over the world! Francisco is no less than a musical visionary, a force of nature, a cultural treasure.
We're honored to honor Francisco J. Núñez , on this, another milestone on a most fantastic journey."
-Michael, David, and Julie