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Astoria Symphony Orchestra

Is this town big enough for two large ensembles that play beautiful music?

The Queens Symphony Orchestra (QSO) and the Astoria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) launch their respective 2017 seasons this week with a few concerts in various local spots — and a gig in Manhattan.

QSO will perform works by Mozart at All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodhaven on March 23 at 7 p.m. This event kicks off a five-show series sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich through the NYC Council Cultural Immigrant Initiative, so admission is free. Here is a list of the other outings in this series:

  • A night of Broadway show tunes at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ozone Park on March 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Tunes from the American Heartland with Copeland and Bernstein at West End Temple in Neponsit on April 4 at 7 pm.
  • Jazz at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in South Ozone Park on April 27 at 7 p.m.
  • Opera Night with Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach on May 15 at 7 p.m.

Getting back to this week, QSO will present Team Spirit at Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College in Flushing on March 26 at 3 p.m. There’s no admission price, and attendees will hear Giacomo Rossini’s “Overture to the Barber of Seville,” Robert Sheldon’s “Danzas Cubanas,” Jean Sibelius’s “Finlandia,” and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No.5 II.”

Founded in 1953, QSO is the oldest and largest professional arts organization in Queens. Led by Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos, it is comprised of professional Local 802 union musicians.

Meanwhile, ASO has two performances this week. On March 24, the group will offer The Redeemed at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church on Manhattan’s 22nd Street at 8 p.m. The program features the bad boys of classical music: Richard Wagner, Aaron Copland and Gustav Mahler. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, and free for children under age 13.

Then on March 28, ASO will do Lights, Camera, Music at Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside at 3 p.m. This program features Hollywood hits from classic romances, westerns, fantasies and space thrillers. Tickets are $40.

ASO, which was founded in 2002, specializes in a traditional classical repertoire, new music, operas, chamber music and concerts for children. The members are emerging professional musicians.

Queens Symphony Orchestra

Top image: ASO; bottom photo: QSO

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