CALDC Brings Music Back To Astoria Park
Let the flag waving begin!
The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC) proudly presents its 26th annual Independence Day celebration in Astoria Park on June 30, featuring the Big Band sound of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, followed by a spectacular Grucci fireworks display over the East River.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30, so grab a blanket and a friend and head to Astoria Park between Shore Boulevard, 19th Street, the Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool for an evening filled with musical memories of the 1930s and '40s, including such Glenn Miller classics as "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "Tuxedo Junction".
The evening kicks off the annual CALDC Waterfront Concert Series, which will continue each Thursday evening from July 10 through August 21, presenting some of the best music entertainment under the stars. The 2008 series features performances by The Duprees and an August 21 tribute to the Beatles.
According to CALDC Executive Director Marie Torniali, this year's Independence Celebration was fraught with problems and without the assistance of two of Astoria's local elected officials, might not have taken place. "On behalf of our audience, I would like to extend special thanks to Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. and Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, whose collaborative generosity, tenacity and diplomacy surmounted every obstacle and allowed us to present this year's Independence celebration," Torniali said.
"For the twenty-sixth year, we are proud to be able to show our appreciation to the people of Queens by bringing these concerts to Astoria Park- presenting the greatest music to the greatest audience in the world," CALDC President Julian Wager said. "We applaud Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. and Assemblymember Michael Gianaris for their support and efforts which made the 2008 concert series possible."
For information on this or upcoming concerts and events or for directions to Astoria Park, call CALDC at 718-728- 7820 or visit www.centralastoria.org.
The CALDC Waterfront Concert Series is made possible this year through funding provided by City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, state Assemblymember Michael Gianaris through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the following corporate sponsors: NRG, Time Warner Cable, Astoria Federal Savings Bank, Capital One Bank, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Mount Sinai Hospital, Thomas M. Quinn & Sons Funeral Home and Steinway Piano.