Sunday, May 28, 2017

Queensborough Symphony Orchestra

Kae Nakano

l. to r.  Hanako Miyajima, Kae Nakano, Paul Joseph, Dong Hyun Kim, Jin Soo Lee
l. to r.  Joseph Han, Hyun Ho Cho, Sahoko Sato Timpone, Hee Jung Lee

Despite the exodus that can
be Memorial Day Weekend,
Mary’s Nativity Church was
packed with music lovers on
Sunday for the performances
of the Queenboro Symphony
Orchestra and official debut
of the Queensboro Symphony
The founder of the Queens-
boro Symphony Orchestra,
Paul Joseph, has added a new
musical dimension with the
creation of the Queensboro
Symphonic Choir, which made
its debut May 28. It was one
of the most dynamic perfor-
m a n c e s t h i s r e v i e w e r h a s s e e n ,
thanks to the talent of artists
and acoustics of the venue.
For Joseph, adding a choir
was another step in the forma-
tion of the Queensboro Music
Society in Queens.
“It originated with a Town
Hall Series of chamber mu-
sic concerts presented by the
orchestra members,” said Jo-
Anton Bruckner’s “Te
Deum” was the 25-minute
hymn that featured the choir,
led by choir director Jin Soo
Lee. There are 25 members of
the choir, and it was clear from
the performance that the sing-
ers were either professional or
“Te Deum” highlighted the
orchestra, chorus, and four
soloists. Soprano Hee Jung
Lee, born in Seoul, South Ko-
rea, is a member of the Car-
amoor Opera. Alto Sahoko
Sato Timpone, a native of To-
kyo who grew up in Germany
and the United States, has an
impressive background of
performances throughout the
world, and is also a member of
the Met Opera Chorus. Tenor
Hyun Ho Cho is a graduate of
Mannes School of Music PSD.
Singing Bass was Joseph Han,
a second-prize winner of the
East Coast International Com-
petition at the Music Institute
of Long Island.
Joseph’s compositions “Cry
of a Butterf ly” and “First
Tears of Spring” opened the
evening’s presentation as as-
sistant Concertmaster Hana-
ko Miyajima took her seat. It
was easy to tell that what fol-
lowed would be an example of
This awe-inspiring pro-
gram, led by maestro Dong-
Hyun Kim, included Max
Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy”
for violin with orchestra and
harp, featuring Japanese-
born violinist and Concert-
master Kae Nakano, who is a

Queensboro Symphony
Chamber Music Society, a
small group from the orches-
tra, will be performing at
Flushing Town Hall on Friday,
June 23, at 11 am. The Queens-
boro Symphony Orchestra has
its season opener on October

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