Join Queens Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos for the second concert in the Bernstein & Friends Masterworks Concert Series, called New Sounds, on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside.
To honor Leonard Bernstein on what would have been his 90th birthday, QSO will present works by composers who greatly influenced his life and work.
Included in the program is Benjamin Britten’s Prelude & Fugue for Strings, Op. 29 and Igor Stravinsky’s suite from Pulcinella.
During the performance’s second half, the orchestra will perform the world premiere of a work by modern-day Greek composer Spiros Exaras, featuring the Spiros Exaras World-Jazz Ensemble.
Exaras studied music composition at the Athens Conservatory of Music, where he obtained his master’s degree. He also attended a two-year seminar in jazz improvisation and orchestration.
Also an accomplished guitarist, Exaras’ work combines elements from the musical traditions of his home country to create a completely new sound.
QSO will hold a discussion of Exaras’ piece as part of its Pre-Concert Lecture Series at 6:30 pm that Saturday, with Kitsopoulos set to host the talk.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Exaras.
The pre-concert event is free for QSO subscribers. General admission is $5.
Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located at 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside. For more information call the QSO office at (718) 326-4455, or visit queenssymphony.org.