Quintet of the Americas, Queens’ renowned woodwind quintet, will present Americans in Paris and Back Again, a program that explores the influence on American composers of Nadia Boulanger, the famous 20th century composition teacher.
Boulanger’s influence was far and wide, with over 1,200 composers coming from all over the world to study with her. In this concert the Quintet will perform works by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Astor Piazzolla, Irving Fine, and Quincy Jones, all composers who were directly influenced by her, as well as music by Bruce Stark, one of the next generation of composers who felt her influence.
The Quintet will also include an arrangement of An American in Paris by George Gershwin. Ironically, though Gershwin went to Paris to study with Boulanger, she refused to teach him, claiming he already had a unique style and she couldn’t teach him anything.
Seating is limited; first-come, first-served.
This concert is ADA accessible. For MTA transportation information, visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/MyTrip/ui_web/customplanner/TripPlanner.aspx.
Edvin Ortega, the founder of LARGER THAN LIFE (LTL for short), is an accomplished actor (Orange Is The New Black, Gotham) as well as a singer, DJ, dancer, and businessman! Ortega has been taking entertainment to a new level with his tribute shows and theme nights. From hosting parties to playing concerts, Edvin and his crew steal the show every time!
Performing hits from The Jackson 5, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and 98 Degrees, Larger Than Life offers up nostalgia, sing-a-long fun, and awesome choreography!
For more info: wearelargerthanlife.com
Join the Black Spectrum Theatre Co. for The 16th Annual St. Albans Jazz and R&B Festival, which has delighted audiences in Southeast Queens and beyond with energetic music and entertainment performances in years past and will do so once again this year with performances by:
*Crown Heights Affair featuring the legendary William Anderson: nationally acclaimed R&B Dance music pioneers of the ’70s and ’80s known for hit songs “Dreaming A Dream”, “Dancin'” and “Say a Prayer for You” as well as for their action-packed live performances and infectious horn-driven R&B dance music with pop overtones.
*Leon and The Peoples: fronted by lead singer Leon’s smooth, sultry vocals and backed by The People’s top-notch music talent from across the globe, Leon and The Peoples has a signature sound combining Reggae and Soul. Their phenomenal single “Beautiful” has hit #12 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart.
*Mel Holder: nominated for Best Instrumental CD at the 2016 Stellar Awards for his album “Back 2 Basics Music Book Volume II”, Mel Holder’s signature sound spreads the gospel of hope and salvation.
*Onaje Allan Gumbs: a New York-based pianist, composer, and bandleader who grew up in St. Albans, Queens and began playing piano at the ripe age of 7, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Jazz Artist category.
*Craig Crawford Players: with his velvet melodies, Brooklyn-born saxophonist Craig Crawford, a long-time resident of Queens, leads the Dove Award and Stellar Award nominated Craig Crawford Players as they weave together a blend of inspired and moving arrangements transcending jazz, gospel, and funk that are sure to connect the heart and soul.
And many more!
Local singer/songwriter CATIE EGAN performs cheerful, uplifting, family-friendly favorites and engaging original material. Now is a good chance to see her perform live & local – these will be the last 3 dates before she goes back to school:
Friday August 10th/ Queens Comfort Restaurant / 8PM
Monday August 13th/ Ravens Head Public House / 8PM
Saturday August 18th/ Passage Irish Bar & Kitchen / 4PM
World premiere of “A Voice for the Voiceless,” new work by composer Landon Knoblock, inspired by and created with the voices of youth in NYC public schools who experience homelessness and housing instability. Composed around children’s voices, “A Voice for the Voiceless” acts as a collection of vignettes, framing their stories in a mix of rock, electronic jazz, and hip-hop.
Join us for our season opening concert with singer Mariel Pacific for an evening of Broadway, Contemporary, Standard songs and more! Concert to be followed by a reception of light refreshments in the gallery with our new World War I Centennial Exhibit. Free admission with RSVP or $5 suggested donation for walk in attendees. Free parking on cemetery grounds – enter the gate at Kew Gardens Rd. & 129th St.