The orchestra is the brainchild of Dong-hyun Kim, a Flushing-based conductor who says he has long wanted to fill a void in classical music concerts and venues in his neighborhood.
“I teach violin lessons, and I always had students and parents asking about classical music concerts,” he said. “But there was nothing going on in Flushing, I even checked events calendars. There’s a lot of traditional Korean and Chinese music, a lot of jazz, but very little classical music. So I thought this was important.”
The idea was originally spurred from Kim’s practice sessions with local musician friends. What began as casual get-togethers soon began drawing more and more musician friends.
“As we got more people, we realized let’s become official,” he said.
The idea gained traction when Kim reached out to Paul Joseph, the music director of Mary’s Nativity Church, who gladly offered using his church to house the orchestra.
“I think it will be a wonderful thing for the community,” said Joseph. “It’s a real treat. This is the kind of quality music you would hear at Lincoln Center.”
Kim says the orchestra is composed of a wide variety of musicians, both staid professionals and local college students. With their debut concert fast approaching, Kim says rehearsals have been more enjoyable than stressful.
“It’s been fun,” he said.