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Two German composers are ready to show some love.

The Queensboro Symphonic Orchestra will present classical music from the Romantic Era during its New Year’s Concert at Mary’s Nativity Church in Flushing on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. There’s no price for admission, but organizers will request a donation.

A highlight will be Manhattan School of Music’s Hiroshige Sayaka on piano for Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.” With the piano as a base, this piece slowly builds with soloists and a chorus into a rousing demonstration of the power of music. First performed in 1808, it’s a precursor to Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony,” which is the first-ever symphony to feature voice.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Violin Concerto in E” with Malaysian-born Chern Hwei Fung on violin is another highlight. Written for violin, strings and continuo, this work is based on the three-movement Venetian concerto model. It’s believed that Bach composed it while working as the lead musician in the Köthen Court for Prince Leopold.

Queensboro Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2015 by violin teacher Dong-Hyun Kim, who will conduct Sunday’s performance. The orchestra consists of about 30 professional musicians and conservatory students with brass, percussion, string, vocal and wind sections. Kim was born in Korea, but he moved to the Flushing area to get a master’s degree in conducting from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music.

Mary’s Nativity Church is located at 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (The Q27 and Q65 buses stop nearby.) It’s a great place to listen to classical music due to its high ceilings, stained glass and copies of various Renaissance Era paintings on the walls. At least 500 people can fit in the pews.

Editor’s note: Please don’t confuse the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra with the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Both are very talented, but they are distinct entities. One has “Queensboro,” while the other has “Queens.”

Front image: Mary’s Nativity Church; gallery images: Queensboro Symphony Orchestra


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