01/29/15 1:00pm

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It’s so much more than a hometown band. Now in its 63rd year, Queens Symphony Orchestra offers about 20 live performances annually, as well as educational programs, chorale concerts, and operas. This Sunday, the ensemble will perform a family-friendly version of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Vegetable Garden, a 1936 musical fantasy about a boy who ventures out of a safe garden into a dangerous meadow where he has to use his cunning to survive. The score will include Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Plus, the orchestra (seen above during The Frog Prince and Peter and the Wolf at LeFrak Concert Hall last February) will hold a “Meet the Instruments” event beforehand during which attendees can talk to the musicians, check out their tools of the trade, and learn about the concert’s theme.

Details: Queens Symphony Orchestra Presents Peter and the Vegetable Garden, LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, February 1st, 3 pm, free. (Meet the Instruments at 2 pm.)

Photo: Queens Symphony Orchestra

12/16/12 9:00am

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Image Source: Astoria Music Society

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.

Holiday Jubilee! X
St. Joseph RC Church
43-19 30th Ave., Astoria
Sunday, December 16
5pm – 7pm | $20 /$15 seniors, students/free for children under 12