2015-06-10 / Front Page

Musical Saw Festival At Trinity Lutheran Church

(L. to r.); Queens Borough President Melinda Katz with Festival Director Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz and Astoria Choir Director Adam Eggleston.

(L. to r.); Queens Borough President Melinda Katz with Festival Director Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz and Astoria Choir Director Adam Eggleston. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz opened the 11th NYC Musical Saw Festival at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Island City, remarking how great it was, that despite repeated invitations for the festival to move to Manhattan or Brooklyn, the festival calls Queens its home, bringing visitors from all over the world, the USA and the city to Astoria.

An innovative musical experiment that replaced the soprano section Astoria Choir with its soprano section replaced by musical saws.

Astoria Choir with its soprano section replaced by musical saws. of the Astoria Choir with “singing” saws thrilled the audience, as did two pieces by Astoria composer Scott Munson, played by the Trinity Handbell Ringers and musical saw soloist Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz.

The musical saw player who traveled the farthest in order to attend the May 30 concert was Emma Kelly of Australia. The oldest musical saw player to attend was 95-year-old Gerald Eccleston of North Carolina, who played “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus,” accompanied by Christopher Bradshaw on piano.

Trinity Handbell Choir with musical saw soloist Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz.
Trinity Handbell Choir with musical saw soloist Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz. The Japan Saw Orchestra arrived with a bus full of its 20 members and two pianists. They played Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” and their sound was indeed very joyous.

With 60 musical saw players performing, it was the most successful Musical Saw Festival yet.
The next festival is planned for May 2017.


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