Join Queens Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm for the first concert in the Masterworks Concert Series, “Lenny’s Beginnings.”
In its 56th season of bringing classical, chamber and pops to the borough, QSO will mark what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 90th birthday, presenting works that he conducted during his debut concert with the New York Philharmonic in 1943 — including Wagner’s “Overture to Die Meistersinger” and Schumann’s “Manfred Overture.”
To finish the evening, QSO will present one of Bernstein’s career-launching compositions, his stunning “Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah,” featuring mezzo-soprano Kathryn Lang.
QSO also invites the public to attend the first installment of the Pre-Concert Lecture Series at 6:30 pm. Kitsopoulos will give an informative talk about the evening’s program for 30 minutes prior to the event. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of Lang, QSO’s guest artist.
The lectures are free for subscribers, $5 for ticket holders.
Kitsopoulos, in his third season as QSO Music Director, is the third Music Director in the Queens Symphony’s 56-year history. He has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably spans the worlds of opera, symphony and musical theater.
Kitsopoulos is also General Director of New Jersey’s Chatham Opera, conducting opera productions in this country and around the world. Besides QSO, he has conducted symphony orchestras from Detroit to Hong Kong.
An affiliate artist at Drew University in Madison, N.J., Lang has performed with the San Francisco Opera, the Merola Opera Program and Western Opera Theater.
QSO’s season opener will be held at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside. Concert tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the QSO office at (718) 326-4455. For more information, visit www.queenssymphony.org.