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The New York Pops to call Forest Hills Stadium home this summer


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One symphonic orchestra, bringing a new take on popular music to thousands of ears, has found a home in Queens this summer and will be offering thousands of local kids the opportunity to enjoy live music for free.

The New York Pops, the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music, announced Thursday its inaugural season at its new summer home at Forest Hills Stadium.

“We are tremendously excited to be embarking on this new venture in such a fantastic, historic venue,” said Anne Swanson, executive director of NY Pops. “I cannot imagine a more wonderful summer home for The New York Pops.”

For their first performance on Aug. 6, The New York Pops will be joined by special guest award-winning actor, singer and dancer Sutton Foster. The following night on Aug. 7, the orchestra will be joined by the group Pink Martini.

These concerts are just the beginning of The New York Pops’ relationship with the borough of Queens, as the group plans to return the following summer and play exclusively at Forest Hills Stadium.

“With outdoor concerts I feel like it gives a lot more freedom amongst the audience members to be able to express themselves and engage in the music in a way that they normally cannot do in the confines of a concert hall,” said music director and conductor Steven Reineke. ”We’re all tremendously excited to get our first concerts underway here and I hope that it will be the beginning of a long and wonderful relationship with the Westside Tennis Club, the borough of Queens. The New York Pops is proud to call Forest Hills Stadium its new summer home.”

Along with offering the community the two upcoming concerts, The New York Pops will also expand its Kids in the Balcony program, which provides 100 students free tickets to each of the orchestra’s concerts at Carnegie Hall.

At Forest Hills Stadium, the group will offer 1,000 tickets per concert and work with local schools to reach as many students as they can.

Tickets range from $10 to $129 and can be purchased at foresthillsstadium.com.

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Open call for Queens-based LGBTQ performing artists for Jackson Heights concert


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Flushing Town Hall is looking for LGBTQ entertainers to help kick off Pride Month in Jackson Heights this June with music, words and the performing arts.

The nonprofit organization is holding an open call for Queens-based LGBTQ performing artists to take part in a free, outdoor concert on June 6 at 5 p.m. in Diversity Plaza, located at 37th Road and 74th Street, in Jackson Heights.

The LGBTQ-themed concert, sponsored in part by Councilman Daniel Dromm, will celebrate the start of Pride Month and the immigrant LGBTQ communities in the borough. The following day, the organization Queens Pride will be hosting the 2015 Pride Parade and Festival in Jackson Heights down 37th Avenue. 

Flushing Town Hall is encouraging all LGBTQ musicians, dancers, poets and spoken word artists, actors and theater artists, and other performing artists based in Queens to submit applications. 

“It’s a great opportunity for artists based in Queens to perform for their peers in a free setting,” said Sami Abu Shumays, Flushing Town Hall deputy director. “It’s an exciting outdoor event.”

Applications must be submitted by May 1 through email to Shumays at sshumays@flushingtownhall.org with the subject line “LGBTQ OPEN CALL 2015.”

The emails should include a statement of interest and description of proposed performance (200 words maximum), biographical details (300 words maximum), and work samples. Artists may submit mp3, jpg or video files. The samples can be included as an attachment or via a URL where they can be viewed, for example on YouTube or a website link.

Flushing Town Hall will then select three to five applicants to perform during the June concert. Artists will be notified during the week of May 11. 

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Bayside outdoor concert series to start next month


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Get ready to rock, Bayside.

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District (BID) signed a lease with the MTA for the small green space on 41st Avenue adjacent to the LIRR station house, hoping to hold an outdoor concert series this year and other activities, officials said.

The BID sent out a request for proposals, seeking a contractor to clean up and maintain the area. They hope to choose a contractor soon, and begin the concert series in August on Thursday nights, featuring local performers such as Baysider Michael Kormusis, who goes by the stage name The Mikey K Project.

Because the area is small, officials don’t expect to draw a big crowd, but to attract people to the area and nearby Bell Boulevard as they commute.

“What we are looking to do with that property is to have a pass-by space to slow people down as they are getting on or off the train,” said Lyle Sclair, the executive director of the BID.

Since two years ago, the BID has used the space for its holiday lighting show by dressing up the spot’s evergreen, and adding a nativity scene and menorah. In the future, they plan to collaborate with local organizations to promote services and add other activities.

In the meantime, BID officials are just focused on cleaning up the property, which is unkempt with an uncut lawn.

“Right now we just want to make sure the property look good,” Sclair said. “We just don’t want it to be a dead space in the community.”

 

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Glendale’s St. Pancras Church choir to host anniversary concert


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St. Pancras Church in Glendale is planning a free concert in May to celebrate three landmark anniversaries.

The concert will honor the 10th year of the church organ, 20 years that Steven Frank has been the choir director and organist, and the 40th year that the church has been in the Archdiocese of Brooklyn.

The 18 members of the choir will be joined by former St. Pancras choristers and special guests to sing a variety of songs.

Frank, who is also dean of the Queens chapter of American Guild of Organists, said the group has been putting the concert together since last year, and it will be something that you don’t want to miss.

Free St. Pancras Choristers’ concert:
May 18, 5:30 p.m.
St. Pancras Church
72-22 68th St., Glendale

 

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Heejun Han to tour with “American Idol” this summer


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Fans clamoring for more Heejun Han, will have the chance when the “American Idol” tour rolls through New York this summer.

The “American Idol Live” concert tour — featuring the show’s top 10 performers — lands at Nassau Coliseum on August 22.

Han, a graduate of Francis Lewis High School, will be among Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine on the Uniondale stage.

The 45-city tour kicks off on July 6 in Detroit and lasts through September 11 when it finishes in Milwaukee.

The Flushing resident was sent home from “Idol” on March 29 after reaching the show’s top 9.

Season 11’s “American Idol” will be named on May 24.

To purchase tickets fans can visit ticketmaster.com.