The ensemble played classic tunes throughout the concert. The event also featured a poem by teacher and poet Vincent Tomeo, who spoke about Maspeth’s integrity and valor.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who also sponsored the event, said when Maspeth was first chartered in 1642, people came here for a better life.
“It’s still the land of opportunity,” she said. “My family came here from Ireland 100 years ago.”
Hersh Parekh, Queens regional representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo, presented the neighborhood with a piece of steel from the former Kosciuszko Bridge.
“This really is such a tight-knit neighborhood,” Parekh said. “This is the neighborhood that got it all started.”