Music Festival Comes To Queensborough

Staff Writer

This Sunday, an array of talented artists will come together in Bayside for a celebration of music.

The Queens Symphonic Band is going to host the inaugural Queens Music Festival on May 4 at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Featuring musicians from several genres, the showcase offers a full afternoon of entertainment for Queensborough Community College students and attendees throughout the Borough.

Big band, Latin and jazz musicians are scheduled to perform between the hours of noon and 4 p.m., with a grand finale by the Queens Symphonic Band itself. Dr. Bernard Rose, the band’s director, will host the festival.

The band’s secretary, Phil Schwartz, said that the festival’s purpose was to give the audience a chance to see a variety of acts play music from all genres and eras in one location.

“The Queens Symphonic Band has been performing all these categories of music for over 40 years, and decided it would be a wonderful outlet for the residents of Queens and the New York metropolitan area to enjoy a multi-cultural music event such as this,” he said.

The Jackson Heights Orchestra, directed by Patricia Glunt, will perform numbers including “Reverie” by Claude Debussy, “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg and “March” from “The Love for Three Oranges” by Sergei Prokofiev. They will take the stage at 12:30 p.m.

The In Performance Music Workshop by the jazz ensemble will start at 1:15 p.m. Directed by Sean King, their showcase will feature modern pieces from pop culture, such as “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns ‘n’ Roses, “I Can’t Help It” by Michael Jackson and “The Dance of Denial” by hard bop jazz trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman.

At 2 p.m., Latin big band group Sonido Clasico, directed by Carlos Castillo, is going to perform the music of jazz composer Tito Puente. Founded in 1999 by Castillo, the band preserves the sounds of the Latin big band era of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

To close the show, the Queens Symphonic Band will hit the stage at 2:45 and perform a mixture of scores from great composers of the 21st century. Some songs the 40-member ensemble will tackle are “An American In Paris” by George Gershwin, “America” by Leonard Bernstein and compilations from the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber and John Williams.

Admission, which includes all four concerts, costs $10 at the door and $8 for students and seniors.

The Queensborough Performing Arts Center is on the campus of Queensborough Community College, located at 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside. For more information, call Steven Dahlke at (718) 281-5531.

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