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December, 2015

Jackson Heights

Queens Consort holds Yuletide concert

These days you don’t come across many musicians who have a particular interest in Italian baroque music and have the ability to play period baroque instruments at baroque pitch. Comment.

November, 2015

Woodhaven

Woodhaven’s Peking opera star

After a lifetime spent in the world of opera, Woodhaven resident Qi Shu Fang has gathered more than her fair share of unique mementos. Comment.
Hollis

‘Uncle’ Ralph McDaniels to oversee hip-hop initiatives at Queens Library

Legendary DJ, VJ and music-video director “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels has been appointed the Queens Library’s first hip-hop coordinator as part of an attempt by the library to build stronger relationships with the hip-hop community in light of Hip Hop History Month.. Comments (1).
Corona

Corona singer a hit with Mets slugger

The concert choir from the Frank Sinatra School for the Performing Arts in Astoria got some national exposure during the Fall Classic, backing up the school’s founder, Tony Bennett, as he sang “America the Beautiful” before the Mets series-ending loss to the Royals in Game 5. But a 2009 graduate of the Frank Sinatra school also played a role in the World Series, one that was tied to slugger Yoenis Cespedes and his walk-up song, which is played as he approaches the batter’s box. Comment.
Corona

Corona singer a hit with Mets slugger

The concert choir from the Frank Sinatra School for the Performing Arts in Astoria got some national exposure during the Fall Classic, backing up the school’s founder, Tony Bennett, as he sang “America the Beautiful” before the Mets series-ending loss to the Royals in Game 5. But a 2009 graduate of the Frank Sinatra school also played a role in the World Series, one that was tied to slugger Yoenis Cespedes and his walk-up song, which is played as he approaches the batter’s box. Comment.

October, 2015

Middle Village

For Middle Village resident, song writing is just one of her talents

Two talented women — one from Queens, the other from Manhattan — have teamed up to launch a fun, quirky video for a pop single they wrote called “Barcode.” Comment.

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Flushing

Fall into the arts

As the weather turns colder the outdoor fairs and festivities wrap up for another season. Comment.

September, 2015

Douglaston

Douglaston composer honored with worldwide day of music

Douglaston composer Jim Cohn will be feted this weekend with three concerts on two continents, all taking place in one day. Comment.
College Point

College Pt. singer Bill Popp to now play full time

After spending years working as a plumber, singer Bill Popp will now be able to give up his day job and play with his band, Bill Popp and The Tapes full time—and he’s celebrating with a concert in October. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Meet Richmond Hill’s piano man

By all appearances Richmond Hill resident Bill Gati is a mild-mannered architect, but there is another side to him that comes alive as a musical impresario – playing piano and saxophone and singing. Comment.
Middle Village

From subway stations to Carnegie Hall

The MTA platforms were his stage and New York City’s subway riders were his audience. Comment.

July, 2015

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill folk singer’s career rows along

Jessica Rowboat’s sound has been described as hauntingly beautiful. And her voice is gentle and fluid, like a rowboat gliding down a flowing river. Comment.
College Point

Bill Popp and The Tapes to play in College Point Wednesday night

Bill Popp and The Tapes will be performing at the Whitepoint Shopping Center in College Point in front of Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices and Ice Cream in College Point Wednesday night. Comment.
Music

Kids and teens spend their summer finding their inner ‘Rocker’

More and more children from Queens are finding their inner rocker, and with their first public debut during the fireworks event at Fort Totten on Wednesday, kids and teens enrolled in a Whitestone-based musical performance camp got a chance to show off their ever-developing skills. Comment.

June, 2015

Forest Hills

New York Pops come to Forest Hills

The New York Pops are shimmying over to the Forest Hills Stadium this summer with thousands of free tickets for students in the area. Comment.
Middle Village

Fiddledeedee, Armenian violinist makes her home in Middle Village

So far, 2015 has been a very good year for Middle Village concert violinist Nuné Melikian. Comment.
Sunnyside

New concert series kicks off in Sunnyside

A new concert series kicks off in Sunnyside Thursday with a live performance by the Street Beat Brass Band, under the No. 7 subway station at 46th Street on Bliss Plaza from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The performance series, “Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza” brings free concerts to the new public space on the third Thursday each month through October. Comment.

May, 2015

Astoria

NYC Musical Saw Festival retools for its 11th event

After cutting back last year to catch her breath, Natalia Paruz and her orchestra of saw musicians are returning to Astoria for the 11th NYC Musical Saw Festival at Trinity Lutheran Church Saturday, May 30. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Flushing Town Hall is looking for a few good LGBTQ artists

As the spectrum of diversity in Queens evolves, the concept of “vive la difference” is redefined, and throughout LGBTQ communities everyone is celebrated for who they are. Comments (1).

April, 2015

Ozone Park

Furuya Sisters come to Ozone Park

Internationally recognized classical music trio, the Furuya Sisters, will make their first Queens appearance April 18 in Ozone Park. Comment.
Ozone Park

Faruya Sisters Come to Queens

Internationally recognized classical music trio, the Furuya Sisters, will make their first Queens appearance April 18 in Ozone Park. Comment.

March, 2015

Flushing

Songs in the key of freedom

This past weekend, Lefrak Concert Hall resonated with the messages of forgiveness, reconciliation and understanding as two of South Africa’s musical icons, Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela, celebrated two decades since the end of apartheid. Comment.

February, 2015

Corona

Jazz musician Clark Terry, former Queens resident, left his mark

Jazz giant and educator Clark Terry, a renowned trumpeter and flugelhorn playerwho lived in Queens and worked with numerous musicians in the borough, died over the weekend at the age of 94 in Pine Bluff, Ark. Comments (1).
Little Neck

Little Neck concert series brings Manhattan to NE Queens

After arriving in New York from Minsk, Belarus, by way of Cologne, Germany, classically trained pianist Nina Siniakova toiled as a human jukebox on a grand piano. Comments (1).

January, 2015

Flushing

Queens Symphony Orchestra director steps down

After eight years at the podium, Queens Symphony Orchestra Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos has announced his resignation, effective immediately. Comment.
Rockaway Park

School of rock teaches kids how to jam

What started with a single teacher bringing music to a San Francisco Bay area classroom has mushroomed into a movement providing instruments and instruction to more than 300,000 students across the country. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing Town Hall ends 2014 on a high note

At Flushing Town Hall the old year rang out with the sounds of a new trumpet icon during the final performance of the cultural center’s 2014 Jazz series. Comment.
Corona

Corona singer a hit with Mets slugger

The concert choir from the Frank Sinatra School for the Performing Arts in Astoria got some national exposure during the Fall Classic, backing up the school’s founder, Tony Bennett, as he sang “America the Beautiful” before the Mets series-ending loss to the Royals in Game 5. But a 2009 graduate of the Frank Sinatra school also played a role in the World Series, one that was tied to slugger Yoenis Cespedes and his walk-up song, which is played as he approaches the batter’s box. Comment.
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