Oratorio Society Concert For Leonard Bernstein’s 100th

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Oratorio Society of Queens. File Photo

BY BRIANNA KNIBBS

The Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ) will perform at the Queens Borough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) on May 20 in honor of composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday.

The society’s 125 member chorus will perform under the direction of Conductor David Close and will feature soloists, guest artist Jerry Korobow and The Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens.

The orchestra will perform Bernstein’s choral works, such as the Chichester Psalms, the West Side Story Suite and “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide.

The Chichester Psalms was commissioned by the Southern Cathedrals Festival at Chichester Cathedrals and was composed in 1965. The psalms celebrate joy for the purpose of providing reassurance in a troubled world and underlining the theme of humanity living together in unity.

The West Side Story Choral Suite contains a sampling of Bernstein’s songs from the musical—which was based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, including “Tonight,” “Maria” and “Somewhere.”

The selections from the American Choral Experience feature such African American spirituals as “Ride the Chariot” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” The experience of slavery is reflected in the texts of the spirituals, which offer the hope of deliverance from bondage through the use of religious symbols.

Korobow will also perform some of his original works, including the popular composition “Grandma Song.”

The QPAC is located in Queensborough Community College at 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside. Parking is free at the main parking lot, which is located next to the theater.

General admission tickets for the concert are $35 if bought in advance, while seniors—62 years and above—and students with ID will pay $30. Children, ages 12 and below, can get in for $10 if they are accompanied by an adult. Tickets on the day of the concert will be $40.

The concert begins at 4 p.m. For more information, call the Oratorio Society of Queens at (718) 279-3006 or visit www.QueensOratorio.com.

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