#Newsflash | First Live Concert of Musica Reginae’s Season Is on Feb. 27
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Dun, dun, dun, dun. Musica Reginae Productions, which organizes live concerts and children’s workshops in several genres, is back to sharing beautiful music!
The Forest Hills-based nonprofit kicks off its 20th annual season with a free, live-streamed evening show, Unsung Heroines: Inspirational Female Composers, and a free concert for kids, Voilá: The Viola with Liuh-Wen, on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Many more performances – Queens College’s Gamelan Ensemble, world-famous jazz pianist Aaron Diehl, and the premiere of an opera for young audiences — follow.
Scheduled to start at 7:30 pm, Unsung Heroines features chamber music by highly influential female composers throughout history: Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio, Op.17 II. Scherzo; Rebecca Clarke’s “I’ll Bid My Heart Be Still” for cello and piano; Fanny Mendelssohn’s Notturno in g minor for piano solo; Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Prelude No. 6 for piano solo; Florence Price’s Spirituals No. 2 “Sometime I Feel Like a Motherless Child” for violin and piano; Jeanne Behrend’s Lamentation for viola and piano; Mel Bonis’s piano quartet No. 1 in Bb major Op. 69; Vivian Fine’s String Trio; and the world premiere of Forest Hills resident Beata Moon’s Elegy for Viola and Piano.
The performers — Clara Kim on violin; Liuh-Wen Ting on viola; Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf on cello; and Barbara Podgurski on piano — are female as well.
Saturday’s other event, Voilá, is set for 4:30 pm. Exceptional violist Ting, Moon, and Podgurski explain and demonstrate the viola’s many wonders.
Here’s the rest of Musica Reginae’s 2020-2021 season.
- Saturday, March 13, 7:30 pm: 20th Anniversary Gala. Jazz Pianist Aaron Diehl and the Aaron Diehl Trio perform as presented by Opus 3 Artists.
- Saturday, April 24, Time TBA: Queens to Bali. Queens College’s Gamelan Ensemble presents a program of Balinese music and dance.
- June, Date and Time TBA: The Cow Goes to the Opera. The premiere of Sunny Knable’s opera about a curious cow in the French countryside. It’s based on an award-winning children’s book by Amber Spradlin. Michael Wills created the libretto.
- March, Date and Time TBA: Spring Fun Community Concert for Kids with Beata Moon
- May, Date and Time TBA: The World of Percussion Community Concert for Kids.
Editor’s note: When there is no COVID pandemic, Musica Reginae usually presents its concerts at The Church-in-the-Gardens at 50 Ascan Ave. in Forest Hills.
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