Oratorio Society of Queens to perform annual spring concert
by Jennifer Khedaroo
May 08, 2019 | 15344 views | 0 0 comments | 1630 1630 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo credit: Adriana Lopetrone Photography
Photo credit: Adriana Lopetrone Photography
The Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ) will perform their annual spring concert at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs R.C. Church in Forest Hills on Sunday, May 19 at 4 p.m. The diverse, 125-plus member chorus will focus on Mozart’s “Requiem” and Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”

The chorus will be under the direction of Maestro David Close featuring soloists and OSQ's orchestra, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. In addition to Mozart’s “Requiem” and Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” the OSQ will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 1, “Spring” from “The Four Seasons.”

The performances will allow attendees to listen to some of the most powerful and exciting music in history.

Close is the artistic director and conductor of the OSQ and the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. He is also the director of Music and organist of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. He founded and was the executive and artistic director of Musica Reginae Productions and was a founding member of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts.

Paula Jean Rocheleau, a soprano, has graced many stages, from the intimate to the grand. She has appeared with New York City Opera, Amato Opera, Bronx Opera, and Light Opera of New York. Her concert work has included several appearances at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, and the Cape May Music Festival.

Ginger Inabinet, a mezzo-soprano, is known for her “warm, velvety tone” and “authentic connection with music and text.” As a frequent performer with other local companies, such as New York Opera Forum, New York Opera Project and Delphi Theater, she has sung numerous roles, including Flosshilde and Erda in “Das Rheingold,” Sister Hubert in “Nunsense II,” Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Madame Flora in “The Medium” and Miss Todd in “The Old Maid and the Thief.”

Byron Singleton, a tenor, is becoming widely known for his "powerful and compelling interpretations" of the romantic tenor repertoire. He has performed in opera and concert throughout the U.S. Opera roles and has been a guest artist in concert with the German Forum at the Hungarian Consulate.

Nathan Bahny, a bass-baritone, has appeared in concert with the Wagner Society of Washington D.C, and as baritone soloist in an all-Mahler concert at the Kennedy Center.

He has performed throughout the United States, including engagements with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Long Beach Opera, Sorg Opera, New York Grand Opera, Four Corners Opera of Colorado, Sanibel Music Festival, Opera Northeast, New Jersey Verismo Opera, the New York Liederkranz Society, and the Belleayre Music Festival. His extensive oratorio repertoire includes performances of Handel’s “Messiah,” Beethoven’s “Symphony Number 9,” the Verdi and Mozart “Requiems,” Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and the Brahms “Deutsches Requiem.”

The Mission of the OSQ is to engage, educate and uplift the Queens community by presenting musical programs that span the repertoire from great choral masterpieces to popular all-time favorites.

The performance will begin at 4 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs R. C. Church is located at 110-06 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. Tickets are $40; $35 for seniors (62+) and students with ID; $10 for children (12 and under) accompanied by an adult.

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