Forget the aspirin. Take two Queens concerts this weekend, and you will feel great on Monday morning. On Saturday, the Quintet of the Americas (below), a group of woodwind specialists with a South American sound, will perform tango songs with world-renowned pianist/conductor Pablo “King of the Zarzuela” Zinger in Flushing. Unique to its core, the quintet was actually formed 1976 in Bogotá by U.S. citizens who were principal wind players in the Colombian National Orchestra. The group relocated to Queens in 1979. On Sunday in its home neighborhood, the Astoria Symphony Orchestra and Choir (above) will perform German masterpieces, emphasizing the dichotomies of classical vs. romantic, choral vs. orchestral and Mendelssohn vs. Wagner vs. Mozart. Those who arrive 30 minutes before the show will be able to chat with Maestro Silas Nathaniel Huff, who will discuss the program, the musicians and other secrets.
This town will find out if it’s big enough for two ensembles on October 6th. At 2 pm, the Queens Symphony Orchestra will kick off its Who Stole the Mona Lisa? show at LeFrak Concert Hall. After a meet-the-instruments session, the band will play Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite as accompaniment to the screening of Micah Chamber-Goldberg‘s animated film about a cast of zany characters romping through 1911 Paris, trying to catch whomever allegedly purloined the Mona Lisa from the Louvre Museum. At 5 pm, the Astoria Symphony Orchestra will launch its 11th season with Walamboltz! at St. Joseph Church. This performance will begin with brand new work by Astoria composer B. Allen Schulz, followed by a solo by Astoria violinist Marina Fragoulis and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s epic Fifth Symphony.
Details: Who Stole the Mona Lisa? LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, October 6th, 2 pm, $10-$20; and Walamboltz!, St. Joseph Church, 43-19 30th Avenue, Astoria, October 6th, 5 pm, $15-$20.(more…)
The Astoria Music Society mixes the golden oldies with fresh new music, performing everything from Mozart to Beethoven to premiering American compositions. Now celebrating its tenth concert season, the group, which includes the Astoria Symphony Orchestra, the Astoria Symphonic Choir and the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, will fill St. Joseph RC Church today, December 16, with Beethoven’s “Consecration of the House,” Bizet’s “LArlesienne Suite No. 2″ and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” The event, Holiday Jubilee! X, will include a traditional holiday sing-along.