Together, the Queensboro Symphonic Choir and the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra will perform Anton Bruckner's "Te Deum." The program will also include Max Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" featuring violinist extraordinaire Kae Nakano as well as Paul Joseph’s "Cry of a Butterfly" and "First Tears of Spring."
Conductor Dong-Hyun Kim said the addition of the choir is a “huge advantage for the orchestra,” because the concert repertoire will be wider. They can also think about performing opera concerts with the Symphonic Choir as well.
“We did Beethoven's ‘Choral Fantasy’ at the end of last year,” Kim said. “After the concert, almost every member of the choir decided to get together and continue working together.”
Upon seeing the rapport and work ethic of the singers happen naturally, Kim thought it would be the right moment for the orchestra to have its symphonic choir.
“I think he’s been wanting to do this for a while and he’s finally been able to get it working,” said Paul Joseph, composer in residence. “He finally found the right group of people to work with and a great choir director.
“It shows Maestro Kim’s determination,” Joseph added. “He was also able to put the orchestra together, which is only three years old, and the orchestra has major achievements because they do major works in classical repertoire that other orchestras don’t bother to play.”
While most of the choir members are not young singers, Kim said, they are quite enthusiastic about learning classical choral pieces.
The orchestra’s expansion is another step in the formation of the Queensboro Music Society, Joseph said. The Queensboro Music Society originated with a Flushing Town Hall series of chamber music concerts by the orchestra members.
Additionally, the symphonic choir has future plans including performing Handel's “Messiah” in December, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, the choral symphony, during a New Year's Eve concert.
“When you hear a great orchestra in an intimate space, you can’t help but like it and we hope to help share this experience with more people,” Joseph said.
Mary’s Nativity Church is located at 46-02 Parsons Boulevard in Flushing. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. so be sure to arrive early for seats.