Five Borough Festival Stops In Jamaica

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA
Staff Writer

On March 14, Les Délices, a critically-acclaimed French Baroque ensemble, will perform at King Manor Museum in Jamaica for the Five Borough Music Festival’s final stop in Queens.

The concert is part of the nonprofit’s three-month long series that aims to bring affordable world-class chamber music to the outer boroughs.

The Cleveland-based, critically-acclaimed French Baroque band Les Délices, will perform at King Manor Museum on March 14.

The Cleveland-based, critically-acclaimed French Baroque band Les Délices, will perform at King Manor Museum on March 14.

“Our mission is to present affordable world-class concerts in all neighborhoods throughout the City to encourage people who are used to being a little bit more Manhattan-centric in their chamber music to find new corners,” said Donna Breitzer, executive director at 5BMF.

Since 2007, 5BMF has traveled to various parts of the City to partner with cultural organizations in an effort to expose locals to classical music – an opportunity that may not have been granted to them otherwise.

“The other side of that mission is to bring these quality affordable programs to neighborhoods that are traditionally underserved when it comes to the performing arts,” Breitzer said.

“There are so many arts patrons that live in the outer boroughs who don’t have this type of programming right outside their front door,” she added. “There are also a lot of people living in those neighborhoods who aren’t able to constantly travel to Manhattan and pay Manhattan prices for concerts.”

Given Jamaica’s rich musical history, Breitzer said that selecting King Manor Museum as a venue was an obvious choice.

“We’ve never been to Jamaica before, so we’re really excited about this partnership with King Manor Museum,” she said. “It’s a neighborhood we have been hoping to come to for a while to tap into the great audiences that we know are there. King Manor has their own lovely music series and they have a great reach to the arts in the area. We were just looking for the right opportunity to come to Jamaica.”

To purchase tickets to Les Délices, visit www.5bmf.org. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Discount rates are available for students.

The concert will begin at King Manor Museum at 6 p.m. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

King Manor Museum is located at 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.

Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or nkozikowska@queenspress.com.