July 17, 2013
University’s Office of Community Relations has announced the
15thAnnual Summer Concert
featuring the Queens Symphony Orchestra performing“Viva Verdi &
Friends”on Tuesday, July 30
at 7 p.m. on the University’s Queens campus. The concert is
free and open to the public.
Renowned conductor Maestro Constantine
Kitsopoulos will direct “Viva Verdi & Friends”
which will feature compositions by Giuseppe Verdi and other
acclaimed Italian composers in a compilation that will serve as a
superb complement to the beautiful summer weather. This year’s
concert is brought to the community of Queens with a variety of
sponsors, namely: Con Edison, Coca-Cola and the Italian Cultural
Center at St. John’s University.
“We invite our neighbors in the community
to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy a night of first-class musical
entertainment with the Queens Symphony Orchestra,” said Joseph
Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations at St. John’s
University. “This is our 15th annual concert and we
thank our sponsors and the Queens Symphony Orchestra for their
participation in continuing to make this a tradition that the
entire St. John’s and Queens communities look forward to each
In addition, the Italian Cultural Center
of St. John’s University has collaborated with its support of the
concert, in a special tribute to the legacy of Giuseppe Verdi,
whose 200th Anniversary of his birth is being
commemorated throughout 2013, the Year of Italian Culture in the
Verdi is widely recognized as one the
greatest composers of Italian opera. A composer of romantic music,
his work was already very popular during his lifetime and remains
so today. One reason for his success was his rejection of the
traditional Italian opera for integrated scenes and unified acts.
Verdi became a national hero and produced many successful operas,
such as La Traviata and
Currently in its 60th season, Queens
Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is the Borough's only professional
orchestra, and the oldest and largest professional arts
organization in Queens.
Guests are encouraged to enter thru Gate
#1 on Utopia Parkway, bring chairs and blankets, and arrive prior
to the start at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the
concert will be moved indoors to Marillac Auditorium.
For more information about the summer
concert, contact Paul Lazauskas, Associate Director of Community
Relations at St. John’s University by calling (718) 990-1912 or
e-mail inquiries email@example.com. Interested media representatives may
contact Elizabeth Reilly, Director of Media Relations at St. John’s
University by calling (718) 990-5789 or e-mail inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org.