The “Mass for Troubled Times” or “Lord Nelson Mass” was composed by Franz Joseph Haydn over a six-week period in 1798. The symphonic work’s unusual orchestration — strings, trumpets, timpani and organ (no woodwinds or low brass) — creates a stark sound, capturing the fear and turmoil of the time in Europe as Napoleon Bonaparte had just won four major battles and the French military chief was threatening to conquer the world.


He ain’t afraid of no ghost. James Van Praagh is one of the world’s most celebrated spiritual teachers. Known as a “survival evidence medium,” the Bayside native writes books, gives speeches, and generally teaches about communication with the dead. He has appeared on TV shows such as Oprah, Larry King Live, and 20/20, but he got his big break with the CBS mini-series Living with the Dead, which featured Ten Danson playing Van Praagh. He also worked on The Dead Will Tell with Eva Longoria and Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Currently, Van Praagh has a streaming show, Spirit Talk, and a radio program, Talking to Spirit. On Saturday night, he returns to Bayside. More information on the jump page.


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…


Yes, those Osmonds. Since the 1970s, they’ve gone from cute youngsters in pint-size tuxedos to teen idols in chic hairdos to family-man performers and even (for some) to grandfathers. But over the decades, they have remained faithful to their harmonies, warm tones, stage antics and mix of jazz, barbershop, rock, country and pop music. On April 27th, the Osmond Brothers (above) will bring their act to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, which has a busy spring schedule. On May 3rd, the Bayside venue will host Mario Cantone, who is probably best known as Anthony Marantino in the HBO series Sex in the City. The stand-up comedian (below) is famous for his dead-on celebrity impersonations and musical impressions that often leave audiences in stitches.

Details: The Osmond Brothers, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, April 27th, 3 pm, $35.

Bonus details: Mario Cantone LIVE!, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, May 3rd, 8 pm, $40.


One group made music history, another’s music soothed a nation after a historic tragedy. The Manhattan Transfer was the first band to win Grammy Awards simultaneously in the jazz and pop categories in 1981. Since then, the harmony quartet, which promotes its “vocalese” genre, has won nine more Grammys over a four-decade career. The New York Tenors feature Daniel Rodriguez, the NYPD officer whose amazing voice comforted a grieving nation after 9/11. He performs with Michael “The People’s Tenor” Amante and Andy “Irish America’s Favorite Son” Cooney. What do these groups have in common? Both have upcoming shows at Queensborough Performing Arts Center. The Manhattan Transfer (above) takes the stage on April 6th at 3 pm, while New York Tenors (below) croon on April 12th at 8 pm.

Details: The Manhattan Transfer, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, April 6th, 3 pm, $40.

Bonus details: The New York Tenors, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, April 12th, 8 pm, $40.

Photos: QPAC


Get ready for a trip through a fairy tale kingdom with a beautiful princess, a wicked witch and young-love romance. The Moscow Festival Ballet is going to perform Swan Lake at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center on March 30th. The troupe, founded by legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko in 1989, will mix opulent costumes and sets, traditional mime, Tchaikovsky’s tremendous score, and breathtaking dance moves to tell this magical tale of a heroic young prince who fights to free a swan maiden from an evil sorcerer’s spell.

Details: Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, March 30th, 3 pm, $42 or $39.