Young People's Chorus of Erie to perform 'Where Beauty Comes From'

Beauty is everywhere, and the Young People’s Chorus of Erie hopes to illustrate that this spring.

This year’s spring concert by YPC Erie will celebrate beauty with a performance of “Where Beauty Comes From,” a four-piece collaborative project from composer Timothy Takach and poet Julia Klatt Singer. The project, which was completed in 2010, draws upon the words and experiences of young people facing serious illness.

“When one hears the words ‘where beauty comes from,’ illness is probably not the first thing that comes to mind, so these pieces have sparked much thought and discussion, beginning with the obvious question: Where does beauty come from?” said Gabrielle Dietrich, YPC’s artistic director. “The answers, while often in plain sight, can be surprising: a glimpse of the sun in the midst of a long grey winter, a funny story shared with a friend at the end of a long day, an act of service, a moment of quiet, a loved one's face in a photograph or just taking time to be silly. These little bits of grace and the illumination and awakening they offer us are what we wish to celebrate in our spring concert.”

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2401 W. 38th St.

Dietrich will conduct the Concert Chorus, Young Men’s Ensemble and Chorale. Jeremy Flock will conduct the Cantare, YPC’s youngest chorus, and three YPC satellite groups: the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network, the Bethesda Trinity Center for Musical Expression and Leadership, and the Wayne School choir. All will perform during the concert.

YPC Erie is a youth outreach organization of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Tickets for “Where Beauty Comes From” are available now. General admission is $10, and tickets for children ages 7-12 are $5. Admission is free for children younger than 6.

To order tickets, call the YPC Erie office at 814-898-6789 or send email to

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Last Updated April 29, 2014