The Queens Symphony Orchestra will be holding its 57th season and Musica Reginae is one of the season’s performers. Musica Reginae is celebrating its 10th year and was on hand to play some of the music that represents them.
The three classical artists played Felix Mendelssohn’s Trio, which was written after the death of his sister. During performances, Musica Reginae will talk about the piece they are about to play so that audience members are more engaged in the concert.
Musica Reginae also talked about two schools they are involved with from time to time - I.S. 93 and P.S. 49 – and how different both schools are. P.S. 49 is one of six schools which receives extra music funding and visits from the New York Philharmonic.
I.S. 49 students do not usually get much exposure to music in the classroom, so Musica Reginae has tried to fill the void. They will usually ask the students for an emotion and then play music that corresponds to the feeling.
Queens Symphony Orchestra Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos tries to spread music throughout Queens, even with recent financial troubles. “The economy has hit all art organizations, but we have lived to fight another day,” he said.
He talked about the importance of the Young Soloist competition which has gone on for 10 years and is a way of featuring young talent.
“It shows children that there is something they can aspire to,” Kitsopoulos said. “It’s satisfying to see the looks on their faces.”
Kitsopoulos said they he doesn’t want to just nurture the next generation of musicians, but also the next generation of listeners.
“We should look to get rid of the elite label of classical music and bring it back to what is used to be – something for everyone,” he said.