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Quintet of the Americas Announces First 2019-2020 Celebration of 40 Years in New York City Concerts

From September 2019 to June 2020 the Quintet will present A Celebration of 40 Years in New York City, a series of free concerts in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. In 1979, QOA relocated from Colombia to New York City, where it has annually commissioned new works. In recognition of this long commitment to composers, these cross-cultural programs will feature music from folk-based to contemporary. Selections will include dance and lighter music by Colombian Jorge Olaya Munoz, Queens resident James Cohn, and Cuban/American Jose Raul Bernardo.
September 2019 – Queens Jazz Greats Quintet of the Americas, along with guest artists Earl McIntyre, bass trombone/ tuba player and arranger, Renee Manning, vocalist, and Carlos Maldonado, percussionist, will celebrate the artistry of Queens Jazz musicians by presenting a series of 4 workshops, a culminating concert and satellite concerts featuring music which will celebrate the borough of Queens as "the home of jazz". The workshops, on the nature of Jazz improvisation, the various styles of jazz, the impact of vocalists on the idiom and Latin percussion, will take place at Elm-Cor Senior Centers in the neighborhoods of East Elmhurst and Corona, Queens. The culminating concert will take place on Saturday, September 28 at 2:00 PM - Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, Queens, NY

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM – Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, 400 Bedford Rd. Pleasantville, NY
This program will feature music from the group’s Memory Project, music inspired by stories of Queens seniors from Bayside, Jackson Heights, Rockaway, East Elmhurst and Corona by Lembit Beecher, Harold Gutierrez. Also featured will be the premiere of Klezmer fantasy by James Cohn. More commissions on the program will include works by Robert Deemer, Jorge Olaya Munoz, and Jose Raul Bernardo, This concert is free and open to the public.

Concert Cancelled in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Sunday March 22, 2020 at 2PM - Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St, Flushing, Queens, NY
A celebration of 40 years of Quintet commissions with global influences. Selections will include works written for the ensemble by Robert Deemer, , and Enrique Ubieta.

Concert Cancelled in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7 PM - Marc A. Scorca Hall of The National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY

Friday, May 15 , 2020 at 7 PM - Marc A. Scorca Hall of The National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY

Continuing the celebration of 40 years of Quintet commissions with global influences. Both events will include works written for the ensemble by Adam Schoenberg, Marcelo Zarvos, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin, Thiago de and Mello. The program will feature a new commission, “Voices of the Unseen,” by Queens resident Gilbert Galindo.
Tickets for the May 15 concert are $20 adults, $10/ students and seniors.

 

Composer Ljova works with the Quintet in Jackson Heights, Queens

A year-long project in the Queens neighborhood of Jackson Heights
concluded with a concert in December.

We have had the honor and pleasure to work with composer Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin in this multi-generational project that involves elementary school recorder players from PS. 69, the chorus from PS 149, The Jackson Heights Orchestra, conducted by Patricia Glunt, and seniors at the Catherine Sheridan Senior Center.

Ljova has written a four-movement work which has an overall theme of birds. Ljova wrote the first movement based on interviews with the seniors. The next movement, based on the white-throated sparrow's call is for the recorder players and the quintet, another movement is for the quintet and the orchestra, and the last movement brings everyone together, first with the chorus and quintet and then joined by the orchestra and recorder players.

We are thrilled that this project was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts which has funded the composer's commission as well as workshops with all the groups, including people of all ages representing a very diverse neighborhood!

Composer LJOVA (born in Russia, and immigrated to New York in 1990) has written more than 120 compositions for classical, jazz, and folk ensembles, as well as scores to four feature and over a dozen short films, and music for contemporary dance. He leads his own ensemble LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND, and works as a freelance violist, violinist & musical arranger. Recent commissions include the City of London Sinfonia, The Louisville Orchestra, Brooklyn Rider, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, The Knights, as well arrangements for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, tenor Javier Camarena, conductors Gustavo Dudamel and Alondra de la Parra, the Mexican songwriter Natalia Lafourcade, Argentine composer/guitarist Gustavo Santaolalla, Kronos Quartet, and others.

Past works for Quintet of the Americas by Ljova include "Lullaby and Memory" based on interviews with seniors in Jackson Heights, "Click" for students and wind quintet "Rockaway Baby" inspired by interviews with disabled seniors at Peninsula Rehabilitation Center in Rockaway.

Photo caption: Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin © 2016 by Mark Gurevich / AGMA Photography


See the Quintet on Youtube

First Memory Project - Bayside Senior Center, Queens, NY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP0s4XwF8-g

New Memory Project work, "Retrospectives" by Harold Gutierrez on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4iVRrj-iQo

Memory Project post-concert interviews with students and parents from the Corona Youth Orchestra after our premiere performance of "Dreamers' March" for solo quintet and youth orchestra by Harold Gutierrez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYWhS2PhZFA

New NYSCA Commission "Variable Winds" by Daniel Ott on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQAKs__qfNc

The Quintet on CD

SOUNDS OF BRAZIL

The Quintet announces the release of its exciting new recording, SOUNDS OF BRAZIL, on the MSR label. The music includes choros, lullabies and songs by Gaudencio Thiago de Mello who performs with the Quintet on his unique organic percussion from the Amazon. Thiago plays with the Quintet on works by Ernesto Nazareth and Pixinguinha as well. The Quintet is proud to include Changes, a work they commissioned by Brazilian-American pianist and composer Marcelo Zarvos. Rounding out the CD is Ventos, another Quintet commission by a gifted young composer on the New York scene, Ricardo Romaneiro. Guest artists include Blair McMillen on piano and Scott Kuney on guitar.

SOUNDS OF BRAZIL on the MSR Label

Karel Husa Recollections on the New World Records label.

Dancing in Colombia on the MSR Label - 15 Colombian dances including bambucos, pasillos, bundes and paseos.

Self Portrait on the CRI label - avant garde music for Quintet including works by Pauline Oliveros, Elliot Sharp, Amy Rubin, Christopher Culpo and Lee Hyla

Discovering the New World on the MMC label - music from the Carnegie Hall Concert (Louis Ballard, William Thomas McKinley, Roberto Sierra, and "America (Suite Popular)" - Ilan Rechtman).

Souvenirs, 20 Musical Mementos from the New World on the XLNT label - Samuel Barber's "Summer Music" and many Quintet favorites.

 

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Upcoming Concerts

Some of the venues for our upcoming concerts may close resulting in postponed Quintet of the Americas events.
Please keep checking back at our website to get the latest information.
As of now our March 22 concert at Flushing Library has been cancelled.
Thank you always for your continued support and understanding. Please stay healthy!

Sunday, March 22, at 2 PM - Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St, Flushing, Queens, NY
Concert Cancelled in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, March 24, at 12:00 noon - York College, 94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11451
Concert Cancelled in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, March 26, at 7 PM - Marc A. Scorca Hall of The National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY
Concert Cancelled in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, April 9, at 11 AM - Sunnyside Community Services Senior Center, 43-31 39th Street, Sunnyside, NY 11104

Thursday, April 9, at 1 PM - Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horace Harding Expressway, Bayside, New York 11364

Tuesday, April 14, at 11 AM - Salvation Army, 86-07 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY

Tuesday, April 14, at 1 PM - CCNS Seaside Senior Center, 320 Beach 94 Street, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

Thursday, May 14, at 11 AM - SNAP Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc. 80-45 Winchester Blvd.,Bldg. 4, CBU 29, Queens Village, NY

Thursday, May 14, at 1 PM - Howard Beach Senior Center, 155-55 Crossbay Blvd., Howard Beach, N.Y. 11414

Friday, May 15, 2020 at 7 PM - Marc A. Scorca Hall of The National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY

Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 4 PM - Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355

 

Watch the Quintet play in "El Picaflor"

Quintet of the Americas visits the New York Hall of Science and Flushing Meadow Park. Hear El Picaflor (also available for download on Amazon from the Dancing in Colombia CD.)

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The Quintet's mission is to broaden knowledge and appreciation of music from the Western Hemisphere, and particularly new music, through the performance, commissioning, and recording of woodwind quintets and related chamber music. We encourage inter-cultural appreciation and understanding by performing contemporary, classical and folk-derived music from the diverse cultural traditions of the Americas. We search out collaborations with composers, guest artists, other ensembles, other art forms and other organizations to enrich our own growth and to enrich the musical products we bring to the community. We seek to enhance understanding and appreciation of this music through exploitation of multiple media and innovative technologies. Through community partnerships the Quintet serves recent immigrants, seniors and lower income audiences in Queens with its unique programs that bring new concert music and living composers to the people.

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