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Jackson Heights Orchestra Prepares for March 12th Concert

by Pat Glunt

JHO - First Concert

Save the date March 12th and come enjoy the second concert in the 2013-14 season of the Jackson Heights Orchestra. The concert will be held at the United Methodist Community Church, 81-10 35th Avenue, and begin at 7:30. While the concert is free, there is a suggested donation of $10 and $5 for seniors and students. Following the concert will be a reception in the library where you can meet our featured composer, soloist and members of the orchestra.

The ensemble started rehearsals in January for the upcoming concert and there promises to be a little something for many tastes. The orchestra will perform music by local Queens’s composer Steven Rosenhaus, Bizet, Barber, Bach, and to kick off St. Patrick’s Day, a few Irish tunes. Mr. Rosenhaus’s works are regularly performed throughout the nation. He can be found conducting many ensembles and working as a music clinician. We are very pleased to be opening this concert with his piece Sussex Celebration. Following this bright and lively piece is the Intermezzo for Orchestra from the opera “Vanessa” by the American composer Samuel Barber. This rarely performed piece is reflective and features the different sections of the orchestra. Our soloist for the evening, cellist Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson, will perform Bach’s Suite#1 for Cello Solo. The L’Arlesienne Suite #2 by Bizet has many melodies that you might know and enjoy. The concert will end with Molly on the Shore, Oh Danny Boy, and Pennywhistle Jig. The jig will feature our first flutist Kenneth Chia on piccolo. As mentioned earlier, a little something for many different tastes.

In order to sit with your friends make sure you arrive early. We almost filled up the pews at the last concert.

If you are interested in joining the orchestra, we rehearse on Tuesday nights at the church and will be accepting new members after this concert. For more information please contact Pat Glunt at or

Future concerts:

May 4th @ 1:00 – Queensborough Community College (notice change of time from before)

May 14th @ 7:30 -United Methodist Community Church

July 6th @ 3:30 – Travers Park.