The Oratorio Society of Queens — which includes more than 125 chorus members and top-notch string and wind sections – will offer its time-honored, annual holiday concert at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center this Sunday.
Founded in 1927, this group is the borough’s oldest nonprofit dedicated to the arts, and this is its signature show. The first half will feature portions of Handel’s “Messiah” with Maestro David Close, a 40-year veteran, and soloists Geraldine McMillian (soprano), John Easterlin (tenor), Vaughn Fritts (bass-baritone), and OSQ’s Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens.
After the break, the audience will listen — and sing along — to Christmas favorites such as “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Il est né le divin enfant,” a traditional French carol by John Rutter, and “Gesù Bambino,” which Italian organist Pietro Yon allegedly wrote while riding an NYC subway. There will also be a rollicking version of the Caribbean ditty “The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy.”
The second half will also feature Jewish songs such as “Ocho Kandelikas,” a Ladino tune which celebrates Chanukah and its story of hope and redemption, and “The Lamp kept burnin’ on” by Long Island composer Linda Tsuruoka. Guest cantor Jerry Korobow will play guitar and lead the chorus and orchestra in a lively and spirited “Al HaNissim.” All the details are on jump…
Founded in 1927, the Oratorio Society of Queens is the borough’s oldest performing cultural organization. This year, David Close, the artistic director and conductor, is celebrating 40 years with the community-based chorus. In other words, it’s time to sing. This Sunday, the society will offer its spring concert with Maestro Close conducting more than 125 people through everything from solo recitals to orchestral performances. Anton Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor will be the centerpiece, but attendees will also get to hear opera highlights and the best of the country’s musical heritage, reflecting a wide range of music that is the American choral experience.
Details: Oratorio Society of Queens Annual Spring Concert, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, May 18th, 4 pm. $30/$25 seniors and students with ID/$10 children (12 and under).
It’s the oldest performing cultural organization in Queens — founded in 1927 before the 7 train was completed — and its members have sung in countless churches, synagogues and schools throughout the borough. The Oratorio Society of Queens will perform a holiday concert at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center on Sunday. This group, which features a 125-plus-member chorus under the direction of 40-year veteran Maestro David Close, will come alive with appropriate portions of Handel’s Messiah along with a healthy amount of Christmas and Hanukkah favorites by the chorus, soloists and special guests.
Details: Oratorio Society of Queens Holiday Concert, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, December 22nd, 4 pm, $30/$25 for seniors and students with ID.