December, 2012


Joyful music fills Flushing mall

The Queens Center for the Performing Arts’ held a holiday concert featuring the CenterStage Children’s Chorus and Orchestra last Sunday at Sky View Center in Flushing. CenterStage invited students from schools throughout Queens to join them for the performance. Comment

After 40 years Douglaston Music Group disbands

After nearly 40 years of classics, the Douglaston Music Group heard its final tune during its last holiday gathering. Comment

Building a community through jazz

With roots in New Orleans that are over a century old, jazz music began as a communal phenomenon inclusive to musicians and members of a unique artistic affiliation. Comment

Lighting up the sky

The sky’s the limit for Queens-based recording artists Nicole and Natalie Albino, who have performed all over the world — from Europe to Japan, from Africa to Dubai, and recently, Indonesia. Comment

November, 2012


Sharing jams with a click

While the days of musicians being discovered by major record companies may be gone forever, a new Astoria-based social networking site, started by two Long Island entrepreneurs, may help aspiring musicians to gain exposure and new fans. Comment

Holiday show marks 85 years for Oratorio Society

In recognition of its 85th anniversary season, the Oratorio Society of Queens will present a holiday concert next month featuring traditional Christmas and Hanukkah favorites in Bayside. Comment

Koo concert to benefit Sandy victims

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) is helping fund a concert at Flushing Town Hall to raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Comment

Jamaica-born author-composer Bowles lived in Morocco

Paul Frederick Bowles was a composer, author, poet and literary translator of multiple languages. Born in Jamaica, he spent most of his life in Tangier, Morocco, writing and composing. Comment

Boro musicians enter LI Music Hall of Fame

The fourth annual Long Island Music Hall of Fame Awards ceremony and fund-raising gala inducted new members Oct. 18 in the recently renovated and much-improved multimedia stage performance space, “The Paramount,” on New York Avenue in the heart of Huntington Village. Comments (1)

October, 2012


Tito fires up York

The Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra brought its Latin tunes to the York College Performing Arts Center Oct. 13. He performed “Ran Kan Kan,” “Oye Como Va,” “El Cayuco” and included a special dedication to Puente’s son called “Complications”. Comment

Jazz ensemble led by Bern Nix hits Voelker Orth

The Voelker Orth Museum will be offering up some complex jazz on Oct. 14, as the Bern Nix Trio performs in the venue’s Victorian Garden at 3 p.m. The ensemble, led by jazz guitarist Nix, moves between set compositions and improvisational experiments, promising visitors an engaging, if unpredictable, show. Comment

September, 2012


Reaching for the stars

Already an accomplished violinist, coming off a successful tour of Europe, 22-year-old Adrianna Mateo is a textbook “Type A” personality whose idea of relaxation is doing the laundry and grocery shopping. Comments (1)
Glen Oaks

Council pulls some strings

Young northeast Queens orchestra enthusiasts were given a hefty tune-up when one lawmaker provided them with a $10,000 boost to their program. Comment

A composition for the ages

Boxes upon boxes of music and memories line the inside of William Zinn’s Bayside home. With a history like his, the longtime composer and performer has become well-versed in the language of music. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans native may be among last to play Lenox

Along a commercial strip on Lenox Avenue in Harlem sits a historic New York jazz home, Lenox Lounge — its Art Deco façade designed by Raymond Loewy, the father of industrial design, stands out among the many other drab businesses on this wide street. Comment

August, 2012


Queens Theatre music fest offers deep Latin mix

There was no shortage of variety at the Queens Theatre’s Latino Cultural Festival last weekend. Comments (2)

Workshop offers unique look at Bach’s music and life

In a small Queens College dormitory suite, Adriana Molello is taking a private lesson in violin, but you might not guess it was an instrument she was studying if you just walked into the room. Comment

World’s best jazz musicians have graced Flushing stage

Flushing Town Hall’s venerable musical history is certainly not lost on its highly accomplished jazz producer, Clyde Bullard. Comment

Boro reacts to Hamlisch death as Queens College plans tribute

Award-winning composer and Queens College graduate Marvin Hamlisch died in Los Angeles Monday. He was 68. Comment

Bayside violinist gets break after subway showcase

It has been an exciting summer for 19-year-old violinist Yut Chia. The Bayside High School grad recently performed in a music video with violin-playing Nuttin’ But Stringz rapper Damien Escobar at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. They played Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” and N.B.S.’s hip-hop song “Thunder.” Comments (1)

July, 2012

Long Island City

SummerStage brings R&B stars to boro parks

The City Parks Foundation is kicking off its 2012 season of SummerStage, one of the city’s longest-running free performing arts festivals. Comment
From the Footlights

Blowing into the wind

Lefteris Bournias says he’s felt like an outsider all of his life, a bit like the uncertain wind, blowing sharp or steamy one moment, melancholy or cool the next. Comment

June, 2012


Downtown Jamaica Music Festival

A performance, entitled “Jazz Night,” kicked off the Downtown Jamaica Music Festival last Thursday. The concert series is co-sponsored by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. Comment

May, 2012


A change of harp

The harp is often relegated to the position of backup instrument, more likely set off to the side of a concert stage than at its center. But jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda has worked to change that, with recordings and performances that put the instrument front and center. Comment

Oratorio Society concert to celebrate 85 years of music

With the Oratorio Society of Queens’ 85th anniversary spring concert scheduled for this weekend, Artistic Director and Conductor David Close said he was excited to finally see all the hard work leading up to the event come to fruition. Comments (3)

April, 2012


Doo-wop comes to Holy Cross in Flushing

The voices of yesteryear return to Holy Cross High School for the 14th annual Father’s Club Doo-Wop Spectacular on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Comments (1)

Francis Lewis graduate shines on ‘American Idol’ stage

As the first Korean-American to make the finals for Season 11 of Fox’s “American Idol,” 22-year-old Flushing resident Heejun Han’s journey to fame began with an audition in Pittsburgh back in January, when he belted out Michael Bolton’s version of “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?” Comment

March, 2012


Folk singers ring in 50 years of Jamaican independence

While the island country of Jamaica celebrates its 50 years of independence, celebrations in Queens and the rest of the city take on a whole new significance and flavor. Comment

February, 2012


Hillcrest teen gets $10K cello on loan

Hillcrest’s Conor McNally was surprised when an organization offered to loan him a cello worth $10,000, but the 16-year-old was truly shocked when it arrived in the mail with a broken neck. Comments (2)

Björk dazzles fans in Qns.

Icelandic superstar Björk’s new album “Biophilia” overflows with a high-tech fusion of surprising melodies and instrumentals. Her performances are colorful, audio-visual, multimedia experiences, where different facets of science and technology combine to push the bounds of creative musical expression with an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, folk, electronic, dance and classical genres. Comment

January, 2012


Astoria native Merman made her name singing on stage

Born Jan. 16, 1908, as Ethel Agnes Zimmermann, Astoria native Ethel Merman is perhaps best remembered for her mezzo-soprano voice in numerous Broadway musicals and Hollywood films. Her musical numbers include “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “There’s no Business Like Show Business.” Comments (1)

Douglaston Concerts midway through its 10th season

Devotees of chamber music and the Super Bowl will not have to choose between the two this year since the Douglaston Concerts will present its First Sundays Series concert an hour earlier than normal on Super Bowl Sunday. Comment
Middle Village

Got the blues no more

What do the “Blues Brothers,” legendary bluesman B.B. King and a white kid from Middle Village all have in common? Comments (2)


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