BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
The Oratorio Society of Queens will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a spring concert this month in Bayside.
On May 21, the society’s choral and orchestra will present its spring concert at 4 p.m. at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Ave.
The Oratorio Society will perform with its 125-plus member chorus under the direction of Maestro David Close and will feature several soloists, including sopranos Geraldine McMillian and Paula Jean Rocheleau, mezzo-soprano Ginger Inabinet, tenor John Easterlin, bass baritone Vaughn Fritts and guest artist Jerry Korobow.
The program is schedule to begin with Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate” and will also include Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9 Choral Finale (Ode to Joy),” in a performance that travels from grief to joy and struggle to harmony and highlights the enduring animation of the human spirit.
And in an effort to pay homage to the United States’ armed forces, the society will perform Woody Guthrie’s iconic “This Land is Your Land.” The concert will continue with classics of both Americana and folk music and include a rendition of Mack Wilberg’s “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and an arrangement by Peter Wilhousky of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
The Oratorio Society is also planning to perform Georges Bizet’s “Au Fond du Temple Saint,” Gene Scheer’s “American Anthem,” Bob Lowden’s “Armed Forces Salute” and Irving Berlin and Roy Ringwald’s “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor.”
General admission tickets purchased before May 21 are $35, while seniors and students with ID will pay $30. Tickets for children, ages 12 and below, are $10 and tickets on the day of the concert are $40.
For additional information, call the Oratorio Society of Queens at (718) 279-3006 or visit www.QueensOratorio.org.
Reach Ariel Hernandez at (718) 357-7400 x144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.