These days I'm getting some lovely emails from a publication called The Q Note, which chronicles life in the greater borough of Queens. This week they highlighted the Astoria Symphony, our neighborhood's very own orchestra. There are a lot of classical musicians that live in town, so it makes sense for Astoria to have a group like this. I know Silas Huff and have a lot of respect for what he does here in the name of classical and new music.
The Astoria Symphony will be playing a concert this weekend. From the email article entitled, Classical Music: Just An Everyday Art for Astorians:
This weekend’s performance of "Spring Song Dance", a collaboration between the Astoria Symphony, Long Island City Ballet and the revered Martha Graham Ensemble, enlivens classics like Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and features new stuff, including the world premiere of Huff’s own Chun Zhi Ge ("Spring Song Festival"), Chinese folk melodies set to orchestral music, inspired by artist Shanye Huang’s paintings. "We’ve done Mozart, but it’s the first time we’ve ever done a ballet," Huff points out.
"Spring Song Dance" takes place this Saturday, March 21 at 8 pm at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center; Tickets are $20, $15 for students; 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, 718-482-7200; 7 train to 33rd St/Rawson.
This sounds like a great concert! If you go, let us know what you thought!
Image from astoriamusic.org