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…)

07/09/13 1:01pm


They’re the best in the world. They’ve been practicing since 1842. And they’ve offered these kinds of concerts since 1965. This Thursday, the New York Philharmonic will give a free, outdoor presentation in Cunningham Park as part of a summer tour through the outer boroughs. Music Director Alan Gilbert, a native New Yorker whose resume includes stints with the Royal Stockholm, Hamburg NDR, Boston Symphony and Berlin philharmonics, will lead the musicians, while Principal Cello Carter Brey, a virtuoso known for flawless technique and complete musicianship, will take the spotlight. (Brey’s violoncello is a rare J. B. Guadagnini made in Milan in 1754.) Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor are included in the program, which will end with pyrotechnics by Bay Fireworks. Details: New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park, July 11, 8 pm, 193rd Street Field in Cunningham Park, Fresh Meadows, free.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

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
11/26/12 9:00am

Image Source: Ohman School of Ballet

Forget the egg nog and fruit cake, Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker is one of the most popular Christmas traditions. The Queens Flushing Library will provide the space in its lower level aditorium, and the Ohman School of Ballet will provide the talent and costumes while also performing such dances as “Marzipan,” “The Sugarplum Fairy,” “Waltz of the Flowers” and “Mechanical Soldier.” Come early and be prepared to feel inspired.

The Nutcracker
Queens Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St.
7pm – 8pm | FREE