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With soaring melodies, technical virtuosity and beautiful sonorities, various local musicians will explore 21st-century Romanticism on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Musica Reginae, a local nonprofit that organizes and promotes concerts around the borough, will present “An Afternoon of Chamber Music” at The Church-in-the-Gardens in Forest Hills at 2 p.m.

The program includes a suite of rarely heard, romantically inspired compositions, headlined by the world premiere performance of Gilbert Galindo’s “Sonata for Viola and Piano” performed by violist Liuh-Wen Ting, a former member of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet, and pianist Barbara Podgurski, who is Musica Reginae’s executive and artistic director. Galindo, who is the artistic director of the Astoria-based composer-performer collective Random Access Music, likes to write compositions that combine textures, sounds, harmonies and melodies.

Rebecca Clarke’s 1919 “Sonata for Viola and Piano,” which Classic FM deemed “one of the greatest pieces ever written – but you’ve probably never heard,” is also on tap. Ditto for Darius Milhaud’s “Quatres Visages for Viola and Piano,” a 1943 musical description of four women, and Krzysztof Penderecki’s dramatic, seven-minute 1984 piece “Cadenza for Viola.”

Audience members will be able to meet the artists during a post-concert reception sponsored by Finback Brewery, which operates in nearby Glendale.

Admission is $20 for adults, but students can attend for $10 each. Tickets are available at the door, the Musica Reginae website, or via 718.894.2178.

It’s actually a double-header for Musica Reginae, as The Church-in-the-Gardens will also host “A Community Concert for Kids” at 11 a.m.

This free, interactive workshop will explore the creative process that composers experience when writing music. Podgurski and Lincoln Center teaching artist Beata Moon will discuss how composers incorporate different instruments into their pieces and offer a lesson on the history of composing.

Located at 50 Ascan Ave., the Church-in-the-Gardens is walking distance from the 71st-Continental subway station and the Long Island Rail Road’s Forest Hills stop. There is street parking, but cars without special permits can be towed. The church will provide temporary permits.

Founded in 2000, Musica Reginae organizes family-friendly concerts, mostly classical, chamber, opera, jazz and contemporary.

Lincoln Center teaching artist Beata Moon will lead an interactive children’s workshop.

Images: Musica Reginae


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