Queens is often said to be the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world with a population of over 100 different nations and speaking over 138 different languages. So it is appropriate that the Queens Symphony Orchestra anointed its first Arts & Music Festvial with the theme “Discover the Immigrant Experience in Queens”. With over 70 participating organizations, the Festival hopes to present “1001 Voices” of Queens. One of these voices is QSO’s 2011 Young Soloist Competition winner Jung-Hsuan Ko. She will play Dvorak’s Cello Concerto on April 14. That concert is titled “From the New World”. Guess what’s the other piece on the program?
Not all concerts are dominated by music composed by composers from the “Old World”. Another called “Songs of a Wayfarer” will feature contemporary works and arrangements by living composers including Justine F. Chen, Ralph Farris and QSO Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos. Justine F. Chen is a Taiwanese-American composer who also sings, dances and plays violin. She is very interested in opera and has created several. I wonder if any of them are in the program.