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New York City’s premier LGBTQ classical musical group is tuning up for a gig in the world’s most diverse borough.

The Queer Urban Orchestra will continue its “We Are One” season with a concert at Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3, Eroica” is a central part of the program, which also features the premiere of “Ascension,” a new piece by Brooklyn-based composer Jessica DiMari, and other seasonal selections, such as parts of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” and music by Leroy Anderson, the composer of short, light pieces such as “Sleigh Ride.”

The troupe has about 60 members who play a wide array of instruments, including alto saxophone, harp, horn, trombone and violin with plenty of percussion. The conductor, Julie Desbordes, is known for her engaging stage presence, boundless energy and emotional communication with musicians and audiences. Originally from Limoges, France, she was site and orchestra director for The Harmony Program, which provides after-school music education in New York City. (She also plays trumpet.)

Founded in July 2009, the Queer Urban Orchestra strives to promote acceptance, equality, respect and understanding through its concerts and community outreach. With the 2017-2018 season’s theme, “We Are One,” the group is exploring the depths of the human condition in an attempt to unify different countries, cultures and lifestyles. While on stage, members invoke audiences to explore and reflect on the ways that humans are positively interconnected. Plus, a female composer is featured in each concert, and the season’s first show included work by a transgender composer.

The Queer Urban Orchestra will also perform the next day, Dec. 17, at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan’s Chelsea at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, but $25 at the door. The “We Are One” season will then continue with even more presentations at the Church of the Holy Apostles on Feb. 24, March 17, May 5 and June 16.

Images: Jeremiah Waters

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