Queens Symphony Orchestra: Dance!
65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367, United States
The Queens Symphony Orchestra will present the second in its series of Family Concerts titled "Dance!" conducted by the company’s Music Director Martin Majkut on Sunday afternoon, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 PM in LeFrak Hall at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.
Repertoire includes Dances from Three Cornered Hat by deFalla, Valse Triste, by Sibelius and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
“Dance and movement are music’s closest cousins” states Martin Majkut, QSO’s Music Director. “On May 6, we offer three different takes on how classical composers used dance as an inspiration for their creations”.
“Our excursion starts in Spain with a selection of dances from Falla’s ballet Three Cornered Hat. This music has a strong Andalusian flavor, mixing Spanish and Arabic influences. You will have no trouble spotting several spots where the orchestra sounds like a flamenco guitar”.
“A contemplative mood sets in for our second piece. Finish composer Sibelius wrote Valse triste as a brief meditation on the last moments on the Earth. An ailing elderly woman raises from her deathbed and dances with the crowd of invisible guests. Sibelius employs very simple means, intimate orchestral forces and unadorned musical phrasing to create an atmosphere that is retrospective without being sentimental”.
“For his Symphony No. 7, German composer Beethoven distilled the elements of dance to their very essence. The entire piece vibrates with sharp rhythmic motives that propel the symphony forward. The first movement starts with a slow introduction but soon the pace picks up and does not let go until the final note. The third movement is breathtakingly quick and, for the most part, very soft, with unexpected accents creating moments of true exhilaration. And the fourth movement is one endless whirlwind! For contrast, the slow second movement proceeds with a measured pace, giving us an ample time to enjoy one of the most beautiful harmonic progressions in all of music”.
Tickets are free to the public. Reservations can be made at www.universe.com Seating will be on a first come-first-served basis.
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Sunday, May 6, 2018 – 3:00 PM
Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College – LeFrak Hall
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367
DeFalla: Dances from Three Cornered Hat
Sibelius: Valse Triste
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Martin Majkut, Music Director & Conductor
Martin Majkut, Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra in Queens, New York and the Rogue Valley Symphony in Ashland, Oregon, was named a 2016 Emerging Artist by the League of American Orchestras.
Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), Martin graduated from the State Conservatory and served as Assistant Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic while earning his Ph.D. in conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts. He worked with the Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic and Slovak Sinfonietta, among others.
Martin came to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar in 2003 and earned a D.M.A., his second doctorate, in 2008, at the University of Arizona. He served as Resident Conductor of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona Opera Studio Artist in Conducting. He also studied with Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and Salvador Mas Conde at the Wiener Meisterkurse in Vienna, Austria.
Martin has served as Music Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony (RVS) in Ashland, Oregon since 2010. The RVS has experienced a remarkable growth under his leadership
and is enjoying an unprecedented level of support and enthusiasm in the community. The orchestra's budget has more than doubled during his tenure while remaining balanced every year.
Starting with the 2017/18 season, Martin assumed the music directorship of the Queens Symphony Orchestra in New York. He is excited to be performing music for the most ethnically diverse community in the world.
Martin’s ability to inspire the orchestra and deliver exciting, polished and powerful performances results in enthused audiences and many sold out concerts. He has been called “amazing, supremely gifted” and “an incomparable, unique and perhaps irreplaceable asset” by the press.
The Queens Symphony Orchestra
For over 62 years, the Queens Symphony Orchestra has brought innovative and often groundbreaking programs to the Borough of Queens, the City of New York, and the nation. These programs have included Family Concerts, Masterworks Concerts, and the Salon series that have influenced classical music presentations across the City.
The Queens Symphony Orchestra is proud to be the host of three unparalleled core programs, with numerous presentations throughout the year; the Family Series, The Masterworks Series and the Salon Series. These programs, along with classic QSO programs such as the summer Concerts on the Green, allow the Queens Symphony Orchestra to accomplish its goal of bringing world-‐class music and music education to the international community of Queens, while staying true to its mission of educating city residents and visitors of all ages about the universal value and necessity of orchestral music.
Through the Family Series, the QSO presents 3-‐4 concerts per year at LeFrak Concert Hall on the campus of CUNY Queens College. At these concerts, music from around the world is presented in an exciting and informative program at a world-‐class concert hall. These concerts are not only an excellent introduction to classical music for the young, but also an amazing opportunity for new and seasoned classical music-‐lovers to witness a monumental live music experience free of charge; a rare occurrence today. The programs are just the right length, running approximately 90-‐minutes on selected Sunday afternoons.
The QSO also features annual Masterworks concerts which, in the past, have featured the work of historic and contemporary American composers, and the great composers of Europe and the world. Masterworks concerts have also featured opera-‐in-‐concert performances with works by Puccini and other great operatic composers and librettists.
The Great Lawn Concerts are QSO classics. Each year, the Queens Symphony plays free, outdoor concerts at Astoria Park and St. John’s University, Queens Campus and at other venues in the borough. These concerts continue the New York City tradition of free, open-‐ air summer classical concerts and have become a fixture in their communities.
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