Queens hits the high note again and again with countless live music presentations this weekend.
To the east, to the west, and at various spots in between, aficionados will be able to enjoy jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, string bands, bell ringers, choirs, crooners, soul, show tunes, orchestras, and not one, but three symphony orchestras.
The fun will begin with the free Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Festival 2016 at Flushing Town Hall on Saturday at noon. This fourth annual extravaganza will bring 10 hours of live music to the stage as well as master classes and workshops with educators and performances by local middle school and high school ensembles. Scheduled performers are as diverse as the Keith Jordan Quartet featuring Sharif Kales to Helen Sung to the school band at Astoria’s Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
Meanwhile, Boz Scaggs, the longtime rocker whose hits include “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle,” will get down at Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Flushing at 8 p.m. Scaggs, who began with the Steve Miller Band in the 1960s, will appear with Jeff LeBlanc, an independent singer/songwriter who has three top-20 albums on iTunes.
On the same day, Musica Reginae will present two well-known string bands, Momenta Quartet and The Daedalus Quartet, at The Church-in-the-Gardens in Forest Hills Gardens at 7:30 p.m. Plus, Astoria’s Trinity Lutheran Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a free concert featuring the Trinity Bell Ringers and the Astoria Choir at 8 p.m.
Things will get even busier on Sunday, April 17. The Queens Symphony Orchestra will offer a free tribute to its founder, David Katz, at LeFrak Concert Hall in Flushing at 3 p.m. Guest maestro Elli Jaffe from the Jerusalem Symphony will conduct, and Borough President Melinda Katz, David’s daughter, will be the special guest.
To complicate things a bit, the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, which is a completely separate entity, will perform classical music from the Romantic period, including Schubert, Brahms and Haydn, at Mary’s Nativity Church, which is also in Flushing, at 7 p.m.
Adding another classic ensemble to the mix, the Face the Music Symphony will premiere “Cosmic Collision” by student composer Sasha Radosav at Queens Museum at 2 p.m. Another youth troupe will perform Steve Reich’s hypnotic minimalist classic “Eight Lines.”
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. are going to celebrate 40 years in the entertainment business at Bayside’s Queensborough Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. This husband-and-wife team is probably best known for “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In” and “You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be In My Show),” but they also won seven Grammy Awards with the soul-pop group The 5th Dimension.
Finally, seven Broadway stars will offer a concert in memory of local army veteran John H. Mark, who died unexpectedly last year, at Corpus Christi Church in Woodside at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, and proceeds will go to a scholarship fund in Mark’s honor at Manhattan College. Scheduled artists include Matthew LaBanca from “Young Frankenstein” and “White Christmas,” Allie Coutoure from “Billy Elliot,” Nathan Scherich from “Jersey Boys,” and Jessica Tyler Wright from “Sweeney Todd.”