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December, 2017

Music

Best of the best: top arts stories of 2017 in Queens

It seems every time you turn around, something cool is happening in The World’s Borough, where every neighborhood has its own special vibe. Comments (2)
Music

Annual winter concert returns to Queens College

The 77th Annual Winter Concert, performed by the Queens College Choral Society Dec. 16, offered renditions of Mozart’s “Requiem” and a New Age choral piece called “1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America.” Comment
The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra has expanded its venue to include a series of concerts at Moakyang Presbyterian Church in Whitestone. “Classical Christmas” marks the debut the series on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. Comments (1)
Elmhurst

Latina vocalist from the block – in Elmhurst – takes NYC music scene by storm

Since embarking on her rocky, but awesome journey to fame, a dynamic vocalist from Queens has always kept it real, never forgetting her roots. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens Consort to bring Baroque Period to life

The baroque period – from around 1600 to 1750 – was an interesting time. Comments (1)
Hollis

Hollis icon Russell Simmons resigns from business after sexual misconduct accusations

Not only did Russell Simmons step down from his multimillion-dollar companies after being accused of sexual misconduct twice in November, but he has also resigned from the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Comments (1)

November, 2017

Astoria

Astoria-based band channels storytelling tradition inherent in old-school folk music

Before the Greenwich Village folk scene evolved into folk-rock, Bob Dylan announced: “I’m speaking for all of us. I’m the spokesman for a generation.” Comment
Astoria

Astoria-based songwriter to debut new album live Saturday night

Straight from her unicorn heart comes Astoria-based singer/songwriter Virginia Marcs’ hot and fresh debut album, “Climbing the Wall,” in all of its Darkness and Light. Comments (1)
Flushing

Jazz Masters take the stage at Flushing Town Hall

The National Endowment for the Arts has, from time to time, designated more than a 120 musicians as Jazz Masters. It is a late-in-life distinction and most who have received it are as exhilarated by the stipend check that comes with it as they are with the honor. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights jazz musician releases second album

Queens native Carl Bartlett, Jr. and his band, The Carl Bartlett, Jr. Ensemble, continue to bring the elegance of jazz to New York. Comment
Long Island City

Broadway Star Jason Danieley to perform in Long Island City

Broadway star Jason Danieley will give a free performance at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Long Island City Sunday, Nov. 12. Comment
Music

Gladys Knight brings the funk to Queens College

No one does R&B, Soul, Pop, Gospel, and Adult Contemporary like seven-time Grammy-winning superstar and dynamic Motown diva Gladys Knight, who is still going strong after dazzling audiences for 60-plus years. Comment

October, 2017

Jamaica

Joyce Sims brings classic ’80s tunes to Resorts World Casino

Musical artist Joyce Sims is back and better than ever. Comment
Music

Rising musician honors iconic jazz luminaries with eclectic mix of original songs

In the 1940s and ’50s, many folks who lived in Addisleigh Park in St. Albans made up a virtual Who’s Who of African-American celebrities and music legends: Singer Ella Fitzgerald, jazz musicians John Coltrane and Milt “Judge” Hinton, singer and actress Lena Horne, and jazz great Fats Waller, to name a few. Comment
Flushing

Queensboro Symphony Orchestra kicks off new season

The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra comes to Mary’s Nativity Church on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. It will be joined by guitarist Kenneth Kam in a rare New York appearance. Ham will perform the U.S. premier of the guitar concerto Hachiko, by Fabrizio Ferraro. Comments (1)

September, 2017

Astoria

Modern rock studio adds music diversity to Astoria

Astoria Rock Studio is accepting students of all ages for its fall songwriting workshops, private lessons and rock band program. The rock band and songwriting programs offer students a unique way to engage in music creation and performance — through working in groups and producing high-quality recordings and concerts. Comment
Bayside

QPAC announces its fall lineup

Bayside

QPAC announces its fall lineup

Summer will soon be on its way out, but fall will bring a new season of entertainment to Queensborough Performing Arts Center with a kick off date of Oct. 1. Comments (2)
Bayside

Birds in the Boneyard takes pop-rock sound beyond Queens

Birds in the Boneyard is gaining traction beyond the realm of their home borough of Queens, as the three musicians perform in front of children at schools and at bars throughout the city. Comments (1)

August, 2017

Astoria

QED Astoria presents slice of old-fashioned fun with America’s Sweethearts

The solar eclipse may have brought folks together for a couple of weeks, but a divided, jaded country can really benefit from a hefty dose of common sense – served up with a dollop of wholesome, every now and then. Wouldn’t you agree? Comments (1)
From gigs around the world to the famous New York City jazz club Birdland, trombonist and composer John Yao has been sharing his talents for over a decade. Comment
Long Island City

Microsessions delivers thrills with cutting-edge musical encounters

A group of music lovers took part in a mind-blowing listening experience that happened right here in Queens. Comment

July, 2017

You don’t often hear about a nurse who happens to front her own band. Comment
Jackson Heights

Terraza 7 offers authentic live Latin, jazz music performances

If you are not familiar with Terraza 7, the quaint dive bar that exudes Latin American culture blended into live performances of jazz and immigrant folklore located on the border of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, then you are undoubtedly missing out. Comments (1)
Corona ►Video

Louis Armstrong festival taps top performers to pay tribute to Queens legend

Jon Batiste, band leader of Stay Human, hosted a world-class line-up of musicians Saturday to pay tribute to the legend and Corona native himself, Louis Armstrong. Comment
Flushing

Renee Katz returns to the stage to tell her story

It has been almost four decades since Renee Katz narrowly survived after being pushed onto the subway tracks by a crazed stranger and run over by a passing E train. Comment

June, 2017

Flushing

Filipino music legend to perform at Queens College

Bringing a taste of southeast Asia to Queens, Sharon Cuneta, the popular Filipino often referred to as the Barbra Streisand of the Philippines, will perform at Queens College Saturday, July 8. Comment
Queensbridge

Queensbridge rapper Prodigy dead at 42

Queensbridge

Queensbridge rapper Prodigy dead at 42

Queensbridge rapper Prodigy, one half of the famous rap group Mobb Deep, died Tuesday after a brief hospitalization. He was 42. Comment
Music

Sing for Hope brings painted pianos to the sidewalks of Queens

Place an artistically decorated piano at high traffic locations in New York City and you never know who will stop by and tickle the ivories. Comment
Flushing

Oratorio Society celebrates 90th anniversary

Queens’ very own Oratorio Society is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, billing itself as the oldest performing cultural organization in the borough. Comment
Music

Queensborough Symphony Choir debuts

Despite the exodus that can be Memorial Day Weekend, Mary’s Nativity Church was packed with music lovers on Sunday for the performances of the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra and official debut of the Queensboro Symphony Choir. Comment
Queens residents have the chance to witness something special this month, as the New York Pops orchestra is set to return to Forest Hills Stadium for the second performance of the venue’s concert season. Comment

April, 2017

Astoria

Tony Bennett charms crowds at Westbury show

Tony Bennett may be 90 years old, but the jazz crooner from Astoria is still smooth and energetic on stage. Comment
Flushing

Queens Opera Theatre finds a home at Flushing Town Hall

You can make April 15 feel a bit less taxing this year by taking in the premiere of the Queens Opera Theatre, which launches its inaugural season at Flushing Town Hall this month. Comment

March, 2017

Queens Village

Sax player spreads love of music to southeast Queens

Ashley Keiko Chambers, a jazz saxophonist and classical pianist, is going to live out her dream to have space for a full-fledged music school in Queens Village. Comments (1)
Music

A rocky road to jazz

Finding one’s calling in life is never easy, and for jazz saxophonist, pianist, flutist, and clarinet player Carol Sudhalter, that proved to be an exceptionally rocky path, despite growing up in a family of jazz musicians. Comments (4)

January, 2017

Music

Why aren’t we singing all the time?

The shower is where America does it — in private, with no one judging, just because it feels good. Comment
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