Last Saturday, (May 5th), the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Youth Chorus gave its premiere performance at the closing ceremony of the world renowned Tribeca Film Festival.
The organizers of the annual festival, which celebrates film, music and culture in Lower Manhattan, invited the Youth Chorus to entertain kids and families at the Tribeca Family Festival. It was a great success.
The Family Festival Street Fair was packed with throngs of participants who came out to enjoy food, games, crafts and performances on the warm, sunny Saturday afternoon. "A lot of people came over to see what was going on when they heard us sing," said NYCHA Youth Chorus Director Larry Matthew. The NYCHA Youth Chorus performed one 20 minute set that included four positive and uplifting songs.
Founded in 2002 by actor Robert De Niro and his partners Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the Tribeca Film Festival was created to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11th, 2001 attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center. Over the past six years, the festival has successfully promoted New York City as a major filmmaking center, and has helped filmmakers to reach a broad audience.
It was truly an honor to perform at the Tribeca Family Festival, Matthew said. Coming up next for the NYCHA Youth Chorus is a Sunday May 20th performance at the Dance Theatre of Harlem Open House.
By Tischelle George
May 9, 2007