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The CreArt Music Festival starts on Aug. 31.

A Queens-based music organization wants to broaden the classical music fan base, starting with Long Island City.

From Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, CreArtBox is launching a classical music festival in collaboration with Long Island City Artists (LIC-A) and The Plaxall Gallery and supported by the Queens Council on the Arts.

According to Guillermo Laporta, artistic director of CreArtBox, the idea of the CreArt Music Festival is to “present classical music to a wider, younger audience” by mixing other creative disciplines with each chamber music performance.

“After many years performing in Manhattan, and producing many shows in America and Europe, we are finally launching a music festival in our home, Long Island City,” Laporta said about CreArtBox.

The Plaxall Gallery (5-25 46th Ave.) will play host to the event, which will take place over the course of three days. “Folk Culture,” “Awave” and “Just As They Are” are the names of the three concerts, each incorporating elements like theater, dance and visuals.

The participating artists of the inaugural concert series include Josefina Urraca (piano), Guillermo Laporta (flute), Mélanie Clapiès (violin), Julia Yang (cello), Jonathan Cohen (clarinet), Jacopo Rampini (artist) and Marissa Maislen (dancer and choreographer).

Opening night for the CreArt Music Festival is Friday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. Each concert is open to the public, but all have a suggested $5 donation. Those interested in attending can reserve their seats on the website. For more information, call 646-820-5787 or email



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