2009-04-03 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Queens Botanical Garden To Hold Concert

The Quintet of the Americas will give a special concert of music about Spring and nature on Sunday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, New York. The event is presented in cooperation with the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens as part of Gardening Day 2009.

The program will feature "Garden at Night," by Nicholas Scarim, with guest narrator Ellen Cava-Haag, director of music at the United Nations International School, Queens campus. Other works will include a new piece with a nature theme commissioned for the event from young composer Mark Dancigers, Samuel Barber's "Summer Music," Gershwin's "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess" and dances from Colombia, Brazil and other South American countries, many performed on instruments made of natural objects.

The Scarim work, for woodwind quintet and narrator, tells a story in verse about a child who sneaks outside in the middle of the night and finds that quite a few flowers and plants (like tiger-lilies and snapdragons) have come to life in the moonlight. More about the composer and the composition at http://www.quintet.org/newsscarim. html.

The April 26 concert is free and open to the public. For more event information, call Queens Botanical Garden at 718-886-3800 or visit them at http://www.queensbotanical.org/.

For Quintet of the Americas press inquires or photos, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586- 3433 or jamesarts@worldnet.att.net.

Quintet of the Americas, resident ensemble in Queens is a world renowned group. Members are Sato Moughalian, flute; Matt Sullivan, oboe; Edward Gilmore, clarinet; Barbara Oldham, horn; and Laura Koepke, bassoon.

Their various backgrounds include experience in orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, teaching appointments at New York University, Manhattan School of Music and Princeton University, among others.

Collectively as the Quintet of the Americas they have performed in over three hundred cities in the U.S., Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, Georgia, Ukraine and Caribbean nations; are Artists in Residence in the Department of Music and Performing Arts of the Steinhardt School at New York University, and have given performances in major sites such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, including many international festivals. They have commissioned over thirty compositions via grants awarded by the National Endowment of the Arts among others, and have to date recorded eight CDs of American music. In short, "Their virtuosity, balances, articulation and intonation mark them as one of the world's top wind quintets," as one concert reviewer put it. Visit their website at http://www.quintet. org.

The Quintet is performing over 30 concerts and workshops this season in Queens.

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