12/10/13 1:00pm


‘Tis the season to attend concerts… many, many concerts. Various top-notch Queens ensembles are set fill local venues with holiday spirit in the upcoming days. Each gig is unique, and each one offers a slightly different take on Christmas, the new year and winter. On Friday, Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist and composer Amanda Monaco brings her quartet, Formula One, to Flushing Town Hall. The first part of the show will feature original compositions inspired by car racing, while the second half will consist of seasonal favorites. On Sunday, there are three fantastic choices. At 3 pm at LeFrak Concert Hall, the Queens Symphony Orchestra (above) will take the audience on a world tour through music emblematic of various cultural traditions, all bound by the common theme of joy, unity and winter. At 4 pm, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church’s Sacred Music Society will host the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. At 5 pm at St. Joseph Church, the Astoria Symphony will celebrate with music by two great French masters: the Bach-inspired Oratorio de Noël by Camille Saint-Saëns and Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. Exactly a week later, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens will do another show with the Oratorio Society of Queens at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Expect Handel’s “Messiah,” Christmas carols and Hanukkah favorites.

December 13th details: Carols and Car Races, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, 8 pm, $15.

December 15th details: Holidays Around the World, LeFrak Concert Hall, Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, 3 pm, $20/$10 children under 13 and adults over 64; A Christmas Concert, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 110-06 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, 4 pm, $25/$10 for children 12 and under; Noël!, St. Joseph Church, 43-19 30th Avenue, Astoria, 5 pm, $20/$15 seniors and children.

December 22nd details: Annual Holiday Concert 2013, QPAC, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, 4 pm, $30/$25 seniors and students with ID/$10 children 12 and under.


10/04/13 1:00pm


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…)

12/16/12 9:00am


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