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Queens got talent!

Two top-notch, borough-based youth ensembles will offer free outdoor concerts on Saturday, July 29.

The Corona Youth Music Project (also known by its Spanish name “Núcleo Corona”) will take the stage at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City at 4:30 p.m.

Founded in 2010, CYMP is a tuition-free, after-school education program based on El Sistema, a Venezuelan-born social movement that uses art to teach discipline and commitment. The general philosophy is that membership in orchestras and choirs creates a sense of community, pride, and solidarity among youngsters.

The group has four main ensembles – the Children’s Chorus, the Children’s Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra, and the No Frontiers Children’s Orchestra – and members (ages four to 14) perform all over the city, including at Queens Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the High Line.

Meanwhile over at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, the York College Summer Jazz Program will play favorites from the Big Band Era, starting at 2 p.m., as part of an annual performance.

Now in its twelfth year, this audition-only group consists of high school students who attend public schools around the city. Thanks to a grant from College Now/CUNY, tuition is free. Members study for six weeks on the Jamaica school’s campus and receive training and mentoring from professional jazz musicians. They also get five college credits upon completion of the program.

Top image: York College Big Band; bottom image: Corona Youth Music Project/Yessi Galindo


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