BY JOE MARVILLI
This upcoming Saturday, a quintet of musicians will celebrate Queens with a performance at the Flushing Library.
Taking place on March 23 at 2 p.m., The Quintet of the Americas will present A Celebration of Queens Composers in the lower level auditorium of the Flushing branch of the Queens Library, located at 41-17 Main St. Admission to the event is free.
Founded in 1976 and arriving in New York City in 1979, the quintet is made of clarinetist Nicholas Gallas, flutist Karla Moe, horn player Barbara Oldham, oboist Matt Sullivan and bassoonist Maureen Strenge.
A mix of both well-known and less-famous composers from Queens will be featured in the show.
The program will include a performance of “The Stuff of Comets,” an original piece commissioned by Astoria resident Dylan Glatthorn. “Wind Quartet” by Forest Hills’ Beata Moon will be played as will “Quintet No. 2 for Winds” by Douglaston’s James Cohn. The Jackson Heights born Christopher Caliendo will have his piece, “Sincerita,” played. A premiere of a new work with Tibetan influences by Flushing resident Xinyan Li will be featured as well.
Among the highlights will be a Salute to Historical Composers, where the quintet will play music by Louis Armstrong, Scott Joplin, Soong Fu-Yuan, and Morton Gould. In addition, they will pay tribute to another Queens great, composer John Williams, by performing music from the “Harry Potter” films. William Grant Still’s theme song for the 1939 World’s Fair is also on the schedule.
For more event information, call (718) 661-1200 or visit www.queenslibrary.org/flushing. The concert is ADA accessible.
Reach Reporter Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.