2015-12-02 / Features

Astoria Music Society Concert, Beautiful Winter


The Astoria Music Society, western Queens’ premier classical music organization, will launch its 13th concert season on Saturday, December 19, at 8 pm, with the Dorian Baroque Orchestra’s performance of Beautiful Winter. The concert will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 23-25 Newtown Avenue, Astoria. The Astoria Music Society, western Queens’ premier classical music organization, will launch its 13th concert season on Saturday, December 19, at 8 pm, with the Dorian Baroque Orchestra’s performance of Beautiful Winter. The concert will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 23-25 Newtown Avenue, Astoria. The Astoria Music Society, western Queens’ premier classical music organization, will launch its 13th concert season on Saturday, December 19, at 8 pm, with the Dorian Baroque Orchestra’s performance of Beautiful Winter. The concert will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (23-25 Newtown Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102) and will feature music by some of the Baroque period’s most famous composers – Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Georg Frederik Handel – as well as more obscure geniuses, such as Holland’s Pieter Hellendaal, and the 20th century master, Ralph Vaughan Williams. For more information, visit www.astoriamusic.org.

“Our concert with the Dorian Baroque Orchestra on December 19 will be a big hit,” said Astoria Music Society’s Music Director Emeritus Silas Nathaniel Huff. “Marina Fragoulis, Dorian Baroque’s Artistic Director, has been a member of the Astoria Symphony Orchestra for many years, and this collaboration will allow us to explore some baroque masterpieces in a way we never have before.” Maestro Huff will host a free pre-concert chat, during which he will discuss Baroque techniques, and members of the orchestra will demonstrate, using their historically accurate instruments. “If you’ve never heard period instruments, or never heard baroque music performed by musicians who specialize in baroque techniques, you’ve got to hear this,” said Huff. “It’s like hearing Baroque music for the first time – there’s a unique sound that is hard to forget.” The pre-concert chat takes place at 7:30 pm in the concert venue.

Some highlights of the program include Vivaldi’s legendary violin concerto Winter, Bach’s Agnus Dei (from his Mass in B minor) and Orchestra Suite No. 2 (which features solo flute), Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, and Pieter Hellendaal’s Concerto Grosso No.4 in E-flat, among others. Founded in 2012, Dorian Baroque is an organization that focuses on exploring the versatility of period instruments and adheres to the quintessential principles of the Baroque period: opulence, exuberance, dissonance, and ornate grandeur. Later in the 2015-16 season, the Astoria Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of romantic masterpieces entitled Legacies, the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble will present a festival dedicated to Astoria Music Society, the music of Per Nørgård, Denmark’s greatest living composer, and more.

Tickets will be available at the door, $25; Students/Seniors: $20. Free admission for children 12 years of age or under. Enjoy $5 off when purchasing online.

For information about these programs, tickets and more, visit www.AstoriaMusic.org. Financial support for the performing arts in Astoria is essential. Music lovers who want to support the Astoria Music Society by sponsoring or underwriting a concert, or by advertising in a playbill are invited to contact Alex Lauren at the Astoria Music Society at 917-300-8695 or info@astoriamusic.org.

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