Oratorio Society of Queens Spring Concert featuring Puccini's "Messa di Gloria"

If you thought Puccini was just an opera composer, think again. Come and hear the Oratorio Society of Queens perform the brilliant mass for chorus and orchestra, "Messa di Gloria," that Puccini wrote as a young man - on the verge of greatness! Also featured are opera highlights and the best of America's musical heritage - reflecting a wide range of music that is the American choral experience -with Maestro David Close and The Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 pm in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center.

Featured soloists include Dory Schultz, tenor and Nathan Bahny, bass-baritone.

The Oratorio Society of Queens is thrilled to present Puccini’s great choral masterwork “Messa di Gloria.” Can you imagine that Puccini’s mass began life as a graduation exercise, written when he was about 20 years old? Already his immense lyrical and dramatic gifts were clearly evidenced. The work languished in obscurity for over 70 years until it received its first modern performance in 1952 in Chicago!

The second half of the concert will feature opera arias and choruses and Americana. Verdi’s great opera “Nabucco” brings us the Hebrew slaves as they sing “Va Pensiero,” thinking of their homeland while they are in captivity in Babylonia. Verdi captures the sentiment of a people dominated by a foreign power which mirrored the plight of the people of Italy during the 19th century.

Then Puccini, in the full flower of his operatic gifts, gives us the tenor aria from Tosca, “Recondita armonia”, a heart-felt exploration of the beauties of two women, one of whom the character is painting and the other he loves.

Political oppression brought the family of Irving Berlin to the United States from Russia as did many immigrants of the time. Berlin went on to create the musical heart and soul of America and became one of the greatest song writers in American History. The Oratorio Society of Queens cannot wait to share the music that ‘America loves best’ with its audience!

Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located in Queensborough Community College at 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY - on 56th Avenue one block east of Springfield Boulevard in Bayside. Parking is free on the main lot next to the theater, which offers easy-access entry.

Ticket prices at the box office are $30 general admission; $25 seniors and students with ID; children, 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, $10. For additional information, please call the Oratorio Society of Queens at 718.279.3006 or visit www.queensoratorio.org


Sunday, May 19, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Queensborough Performing Arts Center
222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364