Astoria Symphony Orchestra

In Queens, even the classical music is diverse.

With everything from opera to a Leonard Bernstein homage, five concerts will take place at different venues around the borough this weekend.

The fun will start on Thursday, April 26, when the Aaron Copland School of Music presents the Marriage of Figaro at Queens College’s Goldstein Theatre in Flushing. A sequel to “The Barber of Seville” which premiered in Vienna in 1785, this Mozart opera depicts a crazy day of love, revenge, bullying, and deceit in a palace in Spain. It will show from April 26 to April 28 at 7:30 p.m. and a fourth time on April 29 at 3 p.m.

The Astoria Symphony Orchestra will play music from the 18th century and a modern composition at Astoria’s Trinity Lutheran Church on April 27 at 8 p.m. The program includes Mozart, Hadyn, and the world premiere of American composer J. Scott McKenzie’s “Sinfonietta.”

Quintet of the Americas will offer Americans in Paris and Back Again at Community Mediation Services in Jamaica on April 27 at 1 p.m. This renowned woodwind ensemble will explore the influence that 20th century French teacher Nadia Boulanger had on American composers such as Copland, Bernstein, and Quincy Jones. More than 1,200 composers traveled from all over the world to study with her.

The concert will include the song “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin. The Brooklyn-born Broadway legend went to Paris to study with Boulanger, but she refused to teach him, claiming that he already had a unique style that shouldn’t be changed.

On April 28, the Queens Consort will present The Arne Project at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Heights at 7 p.m.

Founded in 2015, Queens Consort is the borough’s first-ever Baroque ensemble. Members play harpsichords, recorders, and string instruments that were used in Europe between about 1600 and 1750 AD. On this night, the group will play premieres of rare cantatas by the English baroque composer Thomas Arne. Plus, Arne scholar and guest lecturer Paul Rice from Newfoundland’s Memorial University and soprano Brittany Palmer will be on hand.

The Queens Symphony Orchestra will offer a Masterworks Concert at LeFrak Concert Hall, which is located in the vicinity of Reeves Avenue and Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, on April 29 at 3 p.m.

The first half will be an homage to Bernstein on his 100th birthday year with music from his first major Broadway hit, “Fancy Free.” Alon Goldstein, an Israeli pianist who is known as an impeccable Mozart interpreter, will be the soloist. He’ll do Mozart’s “Piano Concerto no. 23” in A Major.

The second half will feature Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations,” a colorful musical sketchbook of the British composer’s friends.


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