New orchestra wants to become the sound of Flushing

Dong-hyun Kim, seen here conducting a Nova Philharmonic performance, is forming a new orchestra, the Flushing-based Queensboro Symphony Orchestra.
Photo courtesy of Paul Joseph

One conductor is about to add some pluck to the sound of Flushing with a new orchestra devoted to bringing classical music to the neighborhood.

“We realized there’s no orchestra in the Flushing and Bayside area,” Dong-Hyun Kim said. The Flushing native is the music director of the Nova Philharmonic and last year several local musicians convinced him to put together an orchestra devoted to central Queens.

“And we said to each other, it would be really great if we can become the official Flushing orchestra,” Kim said. “We want to make a good tradition of classical music in Flushing.”

The group of 35 musicians, called the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, has been practicing every Sunday for their debut performance on March 22 at Mary’s Nativity Church, located at 46-02 Parsons Blvd.

Kim, 40, graduated from Queens College with a master’s degree in orchestra conducting, and after many years of teaching and directing musical performances, he has returned to the neighborhood to try to create an official orchestra for the area after feeling the borough needed more classical ensembles.

“There’s not that many orchestras in Queens so this is a really great thing,” said Paul Joseph, the music director for the Mary’s Nativity. “[Kim] is a very vibrant, passionate individual. The quality he will be bringing is much better than you’d expect from a community orchestra.”


More from Around New York