2016-04-20 / Front Page

Honoring Katz, QSO Founder



Borough President Melinda Katz is shown singing “On My Own” from “Les Misérables,” as part of a free performance of the Queens Symphony Orchestra (QSO) in association with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, that was held April 17 to honor the memory of the late David Katz, the Borough President’s father and the founder and original conductor of the QSO. The Borough President also sang “If I Were a Bell” from the Broadway musical, “Guys and Dolls,” and spoke about how she strives to carry on the positive legacies of both her father and her mother, Queens Council on the Arts founder Jeanne Dale Katz. The Orchestra’s concert was conducted by Maestro Elli Jaffe (l., holding baton), the Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; and included the world premiere of a new work composed by Avrohom Leichtling, a two-time Pulitzer nominated composer, along with the performance of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. Avi Hoffman, a local celebrity baritone, rounded out the program by singing arias by Mozart, Borough President Melinda Katz is shown singing “On My Own” from “Les Misérables,” as part of a free performance of the Queens Symphony Orchestra (QSO) in association with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, that was held April 17 to honor the memory of the late David Katz, the Borough President’s father and the founder and original conductor of the QSO. The Borough President also sang “If I Were a Bell” from the Broadway musical, “Guys and Dolls,” and spoke about how she strives to carry on the positive legacies of both her father and her mother, Queens Council on the Arts founder Jeanne Dale Katz. The Orchestra’s concert was conducted by Maestro Elli Jaffe (l., holding baton), the Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; and included the world premiere of a new work composed by Avrohom Leichtling, a two-time Pulitzer nominated composer, along with the performance of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. Avi Hoffman, a local celebrity baritone, rounded out the program by singing arias by Mozart,

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