Presenting Queens Symphony Orchestra’s Romantic Rococo & Beatles Baroque this Friday

Enjoy a delightful evening of music featuring beloved classic, including Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9, and Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, and music by the Beatles in the Baroque styles of Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and more, by Peter Breiner, this Friday, February 2.

Presented by The Queens Symphony Orchestra, led by Martin Majkut, Music Director and Conductor, the event promises to be an enthralling and inspiring occasion. The event is free, and starts at 7:30 PM.

And, on Friday, March 23, audiences can enjoy a musical journey evoking the essence of the cultural landscape of Italy in all its splendor, presented by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. The repertoire will include Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style D. 590; Stravinsky: Pulcinella (whose story is based on the character from Italy’s Commedia Dell’Arte) and the ever-popular Vivaldi Four Seasons.

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 assumes 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.

Scott Ballantyne’s New York debut, before a sold-out house at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, was described by critic Robert Lenz as “one of the most impressive events I have seen in over 30 years of concert going.” France’s Le Figaro described him as “… a consummate artist who brings a rare poetry to our concert season.” Born in California in 1960, he joined the Utah Symphony at the age of 15, and often appeared with them as soloist. Leonard Rose heard him play a year later, and invited him to attend the Juilliard School of Music. Ballantyne joined the Juilliard faculty upon graduation, and his own students are now members of the world’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles and well-known teachers in their own right. Too busy now to teach, he enjoys a growing international reputation as soloist and recitalist, playing over 30 concerts in 10 countries this season with orchestra’s in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

No stranger to New York audiences, he has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, gave the first New York performance of the cello concertos of Frank Levy and Ernst Levy with George Maull and the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, gave the first New York Performances of works for solo cello and choir by John Tavener on the Metropolitan Museums “Music from the Temple of Dendir” series with Dino Anagnost, performed “The Map” for cello solo by Tan Dun at the Asia society under the direction of the composer, as well as Tan Dun’s “Crouching Tiger Concerto” for cello in Alice Tully Hall. Most recently, he appeared with the Japanese pianist Hiroko Sasaki on the Abby Whiteside Foundation’s series at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

Under exclusive contract to record for Naxos, his catalog includes recordings with the Poland National Radio Orchestra and Ireland’s Philharmonic Orchestra. His most recent recording (released April 2014) are the the 5 Sonatas for cello and piano of Frank Ezra Levy with Hiroko Sasaki, piano. His cello, originally made for Leonard Rose by David Wiebe, is
considered one of the finest instruments made by this contemporary master.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

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