St. John’s University’s Tenth Annual Summer Concert Featuring The Queens Symphony Orchestra Draws Rave Reviews
August 11, 2008
John’s University’s Office
of Community Relations presented its Tenth Annual Summer
Concert featuring the Queens Symphony Orchestra (QSO) on The Great
Lawn of the Queens campus on Wednesday, July 30. With St.
Augustine Hall as the backdrop, the setting was perfect for
Orchestra’s magnificent sound.
“We were fortunate to have a beautiful night of weather and a
record turnout from the community so as to enjoy a spectacular
concert given by the Queens Symphony Orchestra,” said
Joseph Sciame, St. John’s University’s Vice President for
Community Relations. “St. John’s is grateful to many community
members for making this night such a huge success. We were
particularly pleased to have our benefactor members in the
University’s Loughlin and McCallen Societies present to enjoy the
event as well.”
The concert commenced with opening remarks by City Councilwoman
Melinda Katz, ’90L. Councilman James Gennaro and Herb Chain,
Chairman of the Board of Directors for the QSO, each praised the
University and the QSO for presenting a free high quality concert
for the greater Queens community. Following the national
anthem by Raeann Walters ’04C, ’05G, and the presentation of the
colors by the local Boy Scout troop, Queens Commissioner for Parks,
Dorothy Lewandowski, led The Washington Post March as
Under the direction of Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos,
the Queens Symphony Orchestra masterfully performed before the
crowd of close to 1,500. Titled: "Broadway and Jazz," the
event featured songs from hit Broadway productions, such as
Chicago, Candide and On the Town, as well as
tributes to Duke Ellington and Cole Porter. Songstress
Christiana Noll also performed, singing tunes arranged by Lanny
Meyers and Maestro Kitsopoulos.
ConEd, Coca Cola and Assemblyman Rory Lancman sponsored this
yearly event. Also assisting in the production of this concert
were: Dana Lezama, the President of Student Government, Inc.; Sigma
Phi Epsilon Fraternity; and members of the Young Republicans, who
staffed a voter registration table.
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