BY JOE MARVILLI
This month, prepare to hear the pleasing sounds of Puccini.
The Oratorio Society of Queens will join together in their spring concert to perform “Messa di Gloria” by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini on May 19 at 4 p.m. in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. The venue is located on the campus of Queensborough Community College at 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
The work is a Mass composed for orchestra and four-part choir with tenor, bass and baritone soloists. Among the featured soloists are tenor Dory Schultz and bass-baritone Nathan Bahny.
“It’s a piece that stands well in its own right and it shows the greatness [of Puccini] to come,” artistic director and composer David Close said. “The piece also shows a lot of operatic flair, which is kind of unusual in a Mass.”
In addition to “Messa di Gloria,” the concert will feature various opera arias, choruses and Americana. They will perform “Va, pensiero” from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, “Nabucco,” Puccini’s “Recondita armonia” from the opera “Tosca,” “Overture to the Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, songs from American composer Irving Berlin and more.
“They’re chosen to compliment the Puccini, but we have found that the audience just loves opera choruses and opera highlights,” Close said.
The Oratorio Society of Queens, a diverse performing cultural organization, started in the spring of 1927, making it the oldest in the Borough. Its cultural mission is to share “a love of classical choral music with its friends and neighbors throughout Queens.”
Both a holiday concert and a spring concert are held every year. The group also sponsors a Choral Scholarship Program that gives high school and college students the opportunity to perform with the organization.
When asked what the audience will get out of this spring’s performance, Close said “that they’ll be enjoying some great operatic material right in their backyard. They can come out and hear this music with their friends and their relatives.”
If you would like to attend this spring’s performance, tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and students with ID and $10 for children 12 and under. The box office is located at Queensborough Community College and open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office’s phone number is (718) 631-6311.
For more information, please call the Oratorio Society at (718) 279-3006 or visit www.queensoratorio.org.
Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.