Dec. 6, 2018 By Meghan Sackman
The Jackson Heights Orchestra will be kicking off its seventh season next Saturday.
The season opener will take place on Dec. 15 at P.S. 69, located at 77-02 37th Ave, at 4 p.m. The orchestra, created in 2012, will be led by Patricia Glunt, founder and artistic director.
The orchestra, along with featured performing guests, will perform four pieces for the program— “The Gordian Knot Untied” by Henry Purcell/Holst, “Masques Et Bergamasques Suite” by Gabriel Fauré, “For the Sparrows” by Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin, and “America (Suite Popular)” by Ilan Rechtman.
The performance of “For the Sparrows” by Ljova will be the world premiere of the piece, and will be played in part by the children’s chorus from P.S. 169, the recorder class from P.S. 69, and The Quintet of the Americas, a group founded in Bogata in 1976 that has strong ties with the community of Jackson Heights.
Ljova is the author of 120 compositions, and made this piece with Jackson Heights, its people, and the neighborhood’s orchestra in mind.
The Jackson Heights Orchestra has about 35 volunteer members, most of whom live in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. The orchestra usually holds four concerts a year.
Tickets to this concert are free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10, $5 for seniors and students.