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Oratorio Society of Queens


DAVID CLOSE Artistic Director & Conductor

Sunday, May 20, 2018

David Close

Artistic Director & Conductor

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 4 o’clock Queensborough Performing Arts Center Bayside, New York

Oratorio Society of Queens Mission Statement The mission of the Oratorio Society of Queens is to engage, educate and uplift the Queens community by presenting musical programs that span the repertoire from great choral masterpieces to popular all-time favorites. We are a community-based chorus and accomplish our mission by: • providing our diverse membership of volunteer singers with joy-filled rehearsal and exhilarating performance experiences that expand their musical abilities, build community and richly contribute to the cultural life of Queens • offering opportunities for local high school and college students to learn music theory, voice production, stage presence and civic responsibility by attending regular rehearsals and performing with the chorus, professional soloists and orchestra • presenting holiday and spring concerts which are widely-recognized as the premiere choice for Queens audiences who want to hear excellent choral music

The Oratorio Society of Queens is a charter member of the Queens Council on the Arts and Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts and a proud member of the Arts & Business Council of New York, Chorus America, the New York Choral Consortium and the Queens Tourism Council. Graphic Design by Stephen Taylor


Artistic Director & Conductor BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Charlene DeGregoria Marsha Toma Lawrence M. Lutzak Irene C. Junge LeeAnn Close

Joseph J. Conforti Gwendolyn Manning Hiers

Patty DeCiccio-Franke Linda Mulé

Carol M. Antoine Marie O. Augustin-Ligonde Joan Azizollahoff Carson Baker Claire Bazinet  Jerome M. Bloom Vivian Blumstein Mary E. Boyd  Dorothea Brady Carol Bramble Carolyn E. Brown Nella Carravetta Patricia M. Cawley Wynette CherryHill Byam Nancy Chizik  Mary Clancy LeeAnn Close  Frances Cohen Margaret A. Colgan  Joseph J. Conforti Viola M. Cox * Linda D’Abate Paul DeCamp Patty DeCiccio-Franke  Charlene DeGregoria  Mary DeSanti

President First Vice President Second Vice President Secretary Treasurer

Dr. Edgar S. Joseph Dr. Barbara Raisner

Marie May Desulmé Jane Donnelly Debbie Fine Cheshire Frager Maria Frattaroli Esther Friedman Julia Fuentes Vernie Gorman Izabela Grajner-Partyka Harry Grehian Julia L. Griffin Joan Grossman Ellen M. Gurzenda ** Diane L. Haber Lynn Hanousek ** Rosemary Harmon Susan C. Harts Althea L. Higdon  Dale Hill * An-Tai Jao Jenny Jao Jay Aubrey Jones Edgar S. Joseph Carol Josephs Irene C. Junge Renee Katz

Marguerite LeBron Susan Rosenberg

Elizabeth Kim Julie Kim Donna Konrad Kumiko Laghezza * Marguerite LeBron Elena Leon-Madonia Harry P. Leonard Michelle Leonard Alice Levine Marla Lipkin André Louis Sandia Lu Lawrence M. Lutzak ** Gwendolyn Manning Hiers Gudrun Marikovics Leslie Marinello Mary F. Mills David Morse Victoria Moss * Jean-Yves Mtabouti Linda A. Mulé Mira Nabi John Nolan Leigh F. Nuñes Laura O’Gorman Maike Papadopoulos

André Louis Eileen E. Scott

Phyllis Pastuszka Keith Prowell  Barbara Raisner ** Jane Rebhuhn Sandra M. Robinson Rodney Rosembert Susan Rosenberg Sherri Rossi Rosalind N. Russo John J. Saffian Eileen E. Scott Brianna Sheridan ✳ Wendy Small-Brassell Alan Sultan ** Loretta Sultana  Patricia Taylor Stephen M. Taylor Marsha Toma  ** Adell M. Tomlinson Meridith A. Turkel Teresa Tymczyszyn Jean Walsh Louise Weiss

 Conductor’s Circle Member (20 years or more with OSQ) ✳ Student Choral Program ** Section Leader * Alternate Section Leader

Audrey J. Edelstein Dr. Barbara Podgurski Dr. David K. Gailing

Assistant Conductor Assistant to the Conductor  Orchestra Manager Page 3

NOTE Please turn off all smart phones, cell phones and beepers while in the theater. Use of flash photography and recording or video devices in this theater is prohibited by New York State law. THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION. THANK YOU! Page 4


Artistic Director & Conductor AUDREY J. EDELSTEIN Assistant Conductor

Chichester Psalms....................................................................................................................... Leonard Bernstein West Side Story Choral Suite........................................................................Sondheim-Bernstein; arr. Mac Huff The Gift To Be Simple.........................................................................Traditional Shaker Tune; arr. Bob Chilcott Ride the Chariot...................................................................................................Spiritual; arr. Wm. Henry Smith My Lord, What a Mornin’......................................................................................Traditional; arr. H. T. Burleigh Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.......................................................... Traditional; arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw Ain’-A That Good News!...........................................................................................................William L. Dawson The Grandpa Song / The Grandma Song / My Daddy’s Turning Green.....................................Jerry Korobow This Land Is Your Land.................................................................Woody Guthrie; arr. A.G. Lewis and J.E. Platt A Simple Song from Mass.......................................................................................................... Leonard Bernstein words by Leonard Bernstein & Steven Schwartz Make Our Garden Grow from Candide...................................................... Richard Wilbur, Leonard Bernstein

Charlotte Detrick soprano Lawrence Rush tenor

Paula Jean Rocheleau soprano Byron Singleton tenor

Briana Sheridan soprano Edmound Fitzpatrick baritone

Ginger Inabinet mezzo-soprano Jay Aubrey Jones baritone

Jerry Korobow guest artist Barbara Podgurski piano

ORCHESTRAL ARTS ENSEMBLE OF QUEENS VIOLIN I Kreystof Witek concertmaster Luis Casal Roxanne Bergman VIOLIN II Alexander Vselensky Claudia Saslow

VIOLA Christine Ims Ina Litera CELLO Nelly Rocha Deborah Sepe BASS Ian Murphy

FLUTE Joseph Trent

FRENCH HORN Sarah Boxmeyer

CLARINET David K. Gailing

TRUMPET Matthew Gasiorowski Christopher Scanlon


TROMBONE Mitchell Ross Johannes Pfannkuch TIMPANI & PERCUSSION Ed Gonzales Chi Ching Lin

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OUR GUEST ARTISTS CHARLOTTE DETRICK, soprano. As a long-time company member of the New York City Opera, Charlotte Detrick has toured Japan, performed in numerous productions, and appeared on national television in the Emmy award-winning “Live from Lincoln Center” telecast of Madama Butterfly. Recent solo credits include the title role in Francesca da Rimini and Regina in Mathis der Maler with Garden State Opera, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Marguerite in Faust with the Hudson Opera Theatre, and the title role in Countess Maritza with the Liederkranz Opera Theatre. PAULA JEAN ROCHELEAU, soprano, has appeared with New Yok City Opera, Amato Opera, Bronx Opera, Light Opera of New York, and Blue Hill Troupe Ltd. She has also been a soloist with the Cape May Music Festival and The Great Neck Choral Society, along with several appearances at Carnegie Hall with the legendary Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. Paula has had the great pleasure of a long association with Maestro Close through the Great Neck Choral Society and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills and is proud to have been singing with OSQ for the past 17 seasons! GINGER INABINET, mezzo-soprano, is thrilled to be singing with Oratorio Society of Queens again this season. Ms. Inabinet received a Master’s of Music and a Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was a member of the prestigious Opera Theater Program. She has sung as part of the Extra Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera since 2009, performing in productions of Boris Gudanov, Parsifal, Les Troyens and Nabucco. Ms. Inabinet has also performed in the Supplemental Chorus at Lyric Opera of Chicago and in the Associate Chorus of New York City Opera. LAWRENCE RUSH, tenor. His favorite roles performed include Peron in Evita, Luther Billis in South Pacific, George in Sunday in the Park with George, Pirelli and Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Harry in Company, Bob Cratchit in the Scrooge national tour, Lenski in Eugene Onegin, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, and Strephon in Iolanthe. He was a member of the world-famous show choir The Young Americans and a full-time member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus. He is also an award winning composer/lyricist of musicals, cabaret songs, art songs, opera and choral music and teaches musical theater with New York City organizations. Page 6

BYRON SINGLETON, tenor, has sung leading and supporting roles in major opera and concert venues around the United States including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, and David Geffen Hall. Career highlights include Cavaradossi in Tosca, conducted by Maestro Anton Coppola, the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann with Vocal Productions NYC, Der Steuermann in Der Fliegende Hollander with the United Nations Orchestra, and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in Beyond Boundaries, a concert featuring the music of Bernstein and Sondheim. Other roles include Rodolfo in La Boheme, The Tenor Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem. EDMOUND FITZPATRICK, baritone, was last seen playing Lawrence at Ridgefield Theater Barn’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Edmound is an active vocal soloist for multiple choral groups in New York, Connecticut, and Texas. Edmound has sung various opera roles for Bejar County Opera, San Antonio Opera, Columbus Opera, Ohio Light Opera, and Austin Lyric Opera. In addition to his work in classical music, Edmound has appeared in Musical Theatre across the United States as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Fagin in Oliver!, Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music, and King Arthur in Camelot. JAY AUBREY JONES, baritone, is enjoying his eighth season singing with Oratorio Society of Queens under the direction of Maestro David Close. Mr. Jones was recently heard as the baritone soloist in performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Songfest with the Queens College Orchestra. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Crab Man in Porgy and Bess. Other operatic roles include Henry Davis in Street Scene (Seaside Music Theater) , Jabez in Regina and Mr. Jenks in The Tender Land (Encompass New Opera Theatre). Broadway audiences have seen him as Mr. Twimble and Wally Womper in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Matthew Broderick. BRIANA SHERIDAN, soprano, Brianna has been a member of the OSQ Student Choral Program for the past three years. She is a senior at St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows. She is actively involved in four choirs outside of OSQ and many service volunteering activities. Ms. Sheridan is looking forward to attending Binghamton University this fall.

OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DAVID CLOSE is the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Oratorio Society of Queens and founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of The Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. David is the Music Director and Conductor of the Great Neck Choral Society. Maestro Close studied conducting with John Castellini, founder and first Music Director of the Queens College Choral Society, and Laszlo Halasz, founder and first Music Director of the New York City Opera, and assisted Maurice Peress in the training of young conductors at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. For many years, he served as conductor and vocal coach for the Queens College Opera Theater under the direction of the distinguished American opera composer and conductor, Hugo Weisgall and has conducted performances for the Singers’ Theater of Westchester, the Manhattan Opera, and the New York Lyric Opera and guest-conducted Summer Sings for the New York Choral Society and the Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey. He was recently invited to conduct a choral festival for the Long Island chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). The 50th anniversary of the Queens chapter of the American Guild of Organists saw him leading the forces of the combined choirs in a performance that included a specially commissioned work by Queens-based composer, Bruce Saylor. David conducted in the National Choral Messiah Sing-In at Avery Fisher Hall in December 2012. David Close is the founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Musica Reginae Productions, a professional classical music production arts organization in Queens. He is an active composer and arranger, and is currently the Music Director and Organist at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills, and Organist at Temple Am Echad in Lynbrook

AUDREY J. EDELSTEIN is the Assistant Conductor of the Oratorio Society of Queens and Assistant Conductor of the Yonkers Philharmonic. She has guest conducted the Queens College Orchestra, Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, and the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra. Most recently, she served as Music Director for Queens College’s production of Damn Yankees and produced and conducted a fully staged performance of L’Historie Du Soldat as part of the First Annual Queens College Arts Festival. She completed her Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting at the Aaron Copland School of Music under the tutelage of Maestro Maurice Peress and Maestra Tong Chen. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Swarthmore College, studying conducting with Andrew Hauze. At Swarthmore, she conducted the world premiere of The Royal Singer, a children’s opera by Thomas Whitman, and conducted and co-directed concert performances of Guys and Dolls and South Pacific with the Swarthmore College Orchestra.

JERRY KOROBOW, guest artist, has many years of experience as a professional performing, touring, and recording singer/ instrumentalist and actor. Having worked as a social worker, public school music teacher, and still working as a full-time practicing attorney, he has also brought a very unusual and interesting background to the world of Jewish cantorial music. Jerry served for twelve years as the Cantor of Temple Am Echad in Lynbrook, NY, and is now the Cantor of Temple Beth Sholom in Flushing, NY. As part of his cantorial work, he created and produced “Jazz Shabbat”, “Peter, Paul & Mary Shabbat”, “Rock Shabbat”, “Gospel Shabbat”, and “Klezmer Shabbat” services, to mention just a few. He also spent years entertaining children as “Jeremy Kidd.”

BARBARA PODGURSKI, pianist, holds a DMA in piano performance from The Graduate Center (CUNY) as well as a BM in piano performance and an MM in both piano performance and music theory from the Mannes College of Music. Dr. Podgurski has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Europe, including a number of performances at Carnegie Hall. She has been featured in television and radio broadcasts which include appearances on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase, WNYC’s “Soundcheck”, NPR, WPLN Nashville’s “Live from Studio C”, WQED and numerous others. Dr. Podgurski was featured on the 2015 television documentary for NHK in Japan with her touring partner violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and the famed “Red” Mendelssohn Stradivarius. Past collaborations with renowned artists include violinists Philippe Graffin, Grammy-award winner Jenny Oaks Baker, and the late Lorand Fenyves, flutist Harold Jones, clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianists Diane Walsh and Seymour Lipkin, and cellists Manfred Stilz, Marcy Rosen and the late Paul Tobias. Dr. Podgurski has premiered numerous new works including a concerto by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer George Walker. Dr. Podgurski is currently the Executive and Artistic Director of Musica Reginae Productions in Queens, NY. A former faculty member at The Mannes College of Music, Hunter College and Mercy College, she is a consultant for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs as well as for the Board of Education in both New York City and State. By invitation in 2014, Dr. Podgurski became a Steinway Teaching Artist. She recently performed with rock band Evanescence on their 2017/18 Synthesis Tour. Page 7



Psalm 108, verse 2: Urah, hanevel, v’chinor! A-irah shaḥar! Psalm 100, entire: Hariu l’Adonai kol haarets. Iv’du et Adonai b’simḥa. Bo-u l’fanav bir’nanah. D’u ki Adonai Hu Elohim. Hu asanu, v’lo anaḥnu. Amo v’tson mar’ito. Bo-u sh’arav b’todah, Ḥatseirotav bit’hilah, Hodu lo, bar’chu sh’mo. Ki tov Adonai, l’olam ḥas’do. V’ad dor vad or emunato.


Awake, psaltery and harp: I will rouse the dawn! Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord, He is God. It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endureth to all generations.


Psalm 131, entire: Adonai, Adonai, Lo gavah libi, V’lo ramu einai, V’lo hilachti Big’dolot uv’niflaot Mimeni. Im lo shiviti V’domam’ti Naf’shi k’gamul alai imo, Kagamul alei naf’shi. Yaḥel Yis’rael el Adonai Me’atah v’ad olam Psalm 133, verse. 1: Hineh mah tov, Umah naim, Shevet aḥim Gam yaḥad.

Lord, Lord, My heart is not haughty, Nor mine eyes lofty, Neither do I exercise myself In great matters or in things Too wonderful for me. Surely I have calmed And quieted myself, As a child that is weaned of his mother, My soul is even as a weaned child. Let Israel hope in the Lord From henceforth and forever. Behold how good, And how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell Together in unity.

Psalm 23, entire: Adonai ro-i, lo eḥsar. Bin’ot deshe yarbitseini, Al mei m’nuḥot y’naḥaleini, Naf’shi y’shovev, Yan’ḥeini b’ma’aglei tsedek, L’ma’an sh’mo. Gam ki eilech B’gei tsalmavet, Lo ira ra, Ki Atah imadi. Shiv’t’cha umishan’techa Hemah y’naḥamuni.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk Through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, For Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff They comfort me.

Ta’aroch l’fanai shulchan Neged tsor’rai Dishanta vashemen roshi Cosi r’vayah. Ach tov vaḥesed Yird’funi kol y’mei ḥayai, V’shav’ti b’veit Adonai L’orech yamim.

Thou preparest a table before me In the presence of mine enemies, Thou anointest my head with oil, My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy Shall follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

Psalm 2, verse 1-4: Lama rag’shu goyim Ul’umim yeh’gu rik? Yit’yats’vu malchei erets, V’roznim nos’du yaḥad Al Adonai v’al m’shiḥo. N’natkah et mos’roteimo, V’nashlichah mimenu avoteimo. Yoshev bashamayim Yis’ḥak, Adonai Yil’ag lamo!

CUNEGONDE: I thought the world was sugar cake, For so our master said; But now I'll teach my hands to bake Our loaf of daily bread. We’re neither pure nor wise nor good; We’ll do the best we know; We’ll build our house, and chop our wood, And make our garden grow.

Why do the nations rage, And the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His anointed. Saying, let us break their bands asunder, And cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens Shall laugh, and the Lord Shall have them in derision!

ALL: Let dreamers dream what worlds they please; These Edens can't be found. The sweetest flowr’s, the fairest trees Are grown in solid ground.

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MAKE OUR GARDEN GROW CANDIDE: You've been a fool and so have I, But come and be my wife, And let us try before we die To make some sense of life. We’re neither pure nor wise nor good; We’ll do the best we know; We’ll build our house, and chop our wood, And make our garden grow.

We’re neither pure nor wise nor good; We’ll do the best we know; We’ll build our house, and chop our wood, And make our garden grow.


CHICHESTER PSALMS is a choral work by Leonard Bernstein for soprano or countertenor, solo quartet, choir and orchestra (3 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, percussion, 2 harps, and strings). The text was arranged by Bernstein from the Psalms in the original Hebrew. The work was commissioned for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals Festival at Chichester Cathedral by the cathedral's organist, John Birch, and the Dean, Walter Hussey. However, the world premiere took place in the Philharmonic Hall, New York on July 15, 1965 with the composer conducting, followed by the performance in the Chichester Festival on July 31. The dissonant 7ths present in the introduction sound like clanging bells, indicating that we are being told to awaken In the first measure, Bernstein also introduces a motif that conjures up images of tuning the harp and psaltery (especially the use of perfect fourths and fifths). This motif is found throughout the work. The first movement is festive, with the meter gives the feeling of a rushed energy in which impatiently the last half beat is skipped in order to hurry to the next measure. Its last words, "Ki tov Adonai/For the Lord is Good," recall the motif presented as the main theme in the introduction. The second movement begins with soprano solo singing a tranquil melody to “Adonai ro-i, lo ehsar/The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” set in a conventional triple meter. This is abruptly interrupted by the orchestra and the low, rumbling sounds of the men's voices singing Psalm 2 “Lamah rag’shu goyim/ Why do the nations rage”. This is gradually overpowered by female voices (with the musical direction— "blissfully unaware of threat") with the serene continuation of Psalm 23. However, the dissonant last measures of the movement contain notes which recall the interrupting section, symbolizing mankind's unending struggle with conflict and faith. (Interestingly, the music for the beginning of the second movement is taken from sketches from Bernstein's unfinished The Skin of Our Teeth. The men’s theme was adapted from material cut from West Side Story.)

The third movement begins with a dark and agitated instrumental prelude that contorts the original motif. It suddenly breaks into a gentle rolling chorale set to the text of Psalm 131 “Adonai Adonai, Lo gavah libi/ Lord Lord, My heart is not haughty.” The tranquil final moments stretch the original motif to its limits, providing a bookend to the whole piece. Particularly luminous harmonies eventually give way to a unison note on the last syllable of the text— Yaḥad, which means "together" or, more precisely, "as one." CANDIDE is an operetta with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, based on the 1759 novella of the same name by Voltaire. The operetta chronicles the misadventures of Candide, a naive, pure-hearted youth, and his much more tough-minded sweetheart, Cungégonde. The operetta was first performed in 1956 with a libretto by Lillian Hellman. However, since 1974 it has been generally performed with a book by Hugh Wheeler which is more faithful to Voltaire's novel. The primary lyricist was the poet Richard Wilbur, with contributors to the text including John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, Stephen Sondheim, John Wells, and Bernstein himself. Maurice Peress and Hershy Kay contributed orchestrations. Although unsuccessful at its premiere, Candide has overcome the unenthusiastic reaction of early audiences and critics and achieved enormous popularity. MAKE OUR GARDEN GROW is the final song in Candide. Candide rejects his mentor’s philosophy (which has gotten him into trouble for the duration of the operetta) and espouses a new, modest outlook. He asks Cungégonde to marry him, and sings that they should build a home together, raise children, and “make our garden grow” along with the other characters from the operetta. The result is one of the most stunning pieces for soloists, choir, and orchestra in the repertoire. Interestingly, the theme of Make Our Garden Grow quotes Strauss’ tone poem Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration.)

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My personal thanks to the Oratorio Society of Queens whose members bring the finest choral music to the people of Queens. James A. Trent


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In Memory of Nancy Pease 1st Alto Oratorio Society of Queens

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~ In Memorium ~ We Love & Miss Linda Tsuruoka & Linda Harris Sicular

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Congratulations to Coach John Saffian & the Oratorio Society of Queens From your friends at the Holy Family CYO Sports Program PAR: Richard Grolimund Pastor: Rev. Casper Furnari

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In Memory of Wesley J. Horbatuck Those we lose live on in our hearts and minds. May your good memories and love remain and live on. From the Altos with our love and remembrance.

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ORATORIO SOCIETY OF QUEENS SUPPORT COMMUNITY, CORPORATION & FOUNDATION SUPPORT COMMUNITY ENTHUSIAST $10,000 and more Mayor Bill de Blasio NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Queens Delegation of the NYC Council COMMUNITY GUARDIAN $5,000 and more The Billy Rose Foundation NYC Council Member Barry Grodenchik Queens Borough President Melinda Katz NYC Council Member Paul Vallone COMMUNITY CHAMPION $2,500 and more Halliday Financial Investors Bank Foundation William C. & Joyce C. O'Neil Charitable Trust COMMUNITY SPONSOR $1,000 and more Merrill Lynch NY State Assembly Member David I. Weprin COMMUNITY BENEFACTOR up to $999 Amazon Smile Foundation NY State Senator Tony Avella Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York Chubb & Son Defrate & Paavola Jewish Communal Fund Marsh Optical Boutique Meltzer Accounting Merrill Lynch Musica Reginae Productions The Nabi Foundation in honor of Mira Nabi NY Digital Printing Perez & Cariello Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC Queens County Savings Bank, a division of New York Community Bank Great Neck Choral Society Heart of The Party NASDAQ Network For Good Resorts World Casino of New York City Bishop Sanchez & Our Lady Queen of Martyrs RC Church Temple Am Echad Petro St. Michael’s Cemetery

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT CHAMPION $2,500 and more David & LeeAnn Close Irene C. Junge & Jim Griffin The Estate of Madeline Hurster Marsha & Paul Toma The Zlata Family Anonymous (1) SPONSOR $1,000 and more Robert G. Berger Ellen Bloom Mary Clancy in memory of Kathleen Anderson The Estate of Wesley J. & Shirley Horbatuck Harry & Michelle Leonard Gwendolyn Manning Hiers in memory of Anne L. Banks (Nana), in memory of Rev. John Ricardo Hiers Linda A. Mulé Teri Tymczyszyn Page 18

BENEFACTOR $500 and more Robert & Martha Badger Roger Baumberger & Anne-Marie Bourbon Claire Bazinet Mary E. Boyd Mario Cannariato Patricia M. Cawley Frances Cohen Viola M. Cox Jane M. Donnelly in memory of Paul Donnelly Patty & George Franke Mary Jenkins & Vaughn Fritts Edgar S. Joseph Dominic & Rita Karcic Margery & David Kashman Marguerite & Joseph LeBron André & Susan Louis in memory of Michele Louis Simelane Lynne Mayers-Thomas Thomas McNally Mary F. Mills

Beth & Marc Nabi in honor of Mira Nabi Laura O'Gorman in memory of Robert William Fiedler Barbara Raisner in honor of the Cal Catez & family Rosina L. Ripton Susan Rosenberg Luise Schwabe Marilyn V. Viggiano Jean Walsh Nancy & Fred Wetzel PATRON $350 and more Marie O. Augustin-Ligonde Robert Blechner & Paula Krauss Laurence & Pierre Bouchard Wynette CherryHill Byam Lorna Dunbar Rosemary & Raymond Harmon An-Tai & Jenny Jao Barbara & Ron Keil Diane & Bill Kenney

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT (continued) Elaine Lasner in memory of Leonard Lasner Larry & Kath Lutzak Jack & Janet Macrone Celia Mendelsohn Paula & Martin Narva John & Philomena Nolan Keith & Natty Prowell Jack & Ruth Raisner Heike Stucke in memory of my husband, Harry Stucke Jane & Paul Sullivan Adell M. Tomlinson DONOR $200 and more Karla & Peter Alfano Angela & Vincenza Ancona Carol M. Antoine Sebastian P. Avolese, MD Hayneth Veronica Bellan Priscilla Bijur Francine & Bill Bosch in memory of Florence Bosch Carolyn E. Brown in memory of Michele Louis Simelane Nella Carravetta Nancy Chizik Linda & Don Colton Linda D'Abate Elizabeth Doocey Constance & Thomas Dowd Rita & Alvaro Duque-Zamora Audrey J. Edelstein Maria Frattaroli in memory of Antonio Frattaroli Vernie Gorman Michael & Nindi Gregorek The Harmon-Pierce Family in honor of Rosemary Harmon Adrienne L. Hausch Anne & Wesley John Horbatuck Carmen M. Hyman in memory of Mary B. Maldonado Elie & Rhoda Jabbour Andy & Jenny Jao Jay Aubrey Jones Kevin & Zung Kane Zo-An & Jerry Korobow Mira Nabi

Therese Nechay Leigh F. Nuñes The Paluba Family Jonathan Pease Raymond F. Preston Margaret Ripton Sherri Rossi Rosalind N. Russo Tony & Mary Sarro David F. Schult in memory of Henry & Eunice Schult Bud & Dorothy Schweska Eileen E. Scott in honor of The Hoska Family, in honor of Sande Campbell, in honor of the Michkan-Strelow Family Maida & Gery Sperling Patty & Steve Taylor in memory of Richard & Elizabeth Taylor, in memory of Robert & Grace Petty Shannon Vercammen CONTRIBUTOR $100 and more Hank Amon & Karen Kolodny in honor of Patty DeCiccio-Franke Wilson Arenillas Ronnie & Marc Bendeth Anne Blackman Francis Booth in honor of J. S. Bach Carol Bramble Anne Brueckner Dwight Burton Marybeth Condon in memory of Jean Keegan Joseph Conforti Elizabeth Crowley John D'Angelo Timothy Derham Mary DeSanti Donna Dezendorf-Hunt in honor of Laura O'Gorman James S.Durston Carl & Beverly Ellman Vincent K. Eng Regina J. Faighes Margaret Fiedler in honor of Laura O'Gorman Cheshire E. Frager Esther Friedman Dr. David Gailing

Leslie Goldstein in honor of Anne-Marie Bourbon Joan V. Grossman Richard Gudonsky Diane L. Haber Lynn Hanousek in memory of Helen Von der Osten & Marguerite Socha Matt & Clare Harmon Susan C. Harts in memory of Vincent J. DeFilippo, in honor of Reginald Landeau J. Hill Barbara Jansson Angela H. Kim Elizabeth Kim Kumiko Laghezza Kerry Lee Elena Leon-Madonia in memory of James & Sophia Leon Alice Levine Daria Mainetti & Phil Coxon Linda Manning Linda Muller Rhonda & Rene Nardin Hiroko Onogawa Kent Piekarz Raymond S. Prochak Jane Rebhuhn Valrie Riddick in honor of Eileen E. Scott Beatriz Roman Betsy Semon Bonczar & Family Wendy Small-Brassell Elaine & Bill Smith Bob & Chickie Smythe Adrienne Socci in honor of Marguerite LeBron Loretta & Stan Sultana Rachelle Varley in memory of Aran Lance Eisenstat Ana L. Venezia Bernadette Vermersch Miriam & John Wazeter in honor of Cheshire Frager FRIEND $50 and more Linda & Walter Blohm Jerry & Anita Bloom Ingrid R. Boney

Ruth Borovicka Kenneth Bosch Anne Bové in memory of Mary Yolanda Dowling Karen Brogno Sandra Campbell in honor of Eileen E. Scott Liliana Cardenas Maria Chapman Connie Clausen Marge Colgan Barbara Ann & Michael Flannery Julia Fuentes in memory of Audalina & Gonzalo Fuentes A. Patricia Gainor Ellen M. Gurzenda Linda Hafner Lorraine Hafner Jane K. Hamilton John Hiers II Althea L. Higdon Kevin Joyce Donald & Maureen Kelly Maura Kelly Jean Koerber Donna Konrad in honor of Manfred Konrad Erin K. Lee Joseph Leonardi Gudrun Marikovics Leslie & Chick Marinello in memory of Kathleen Anderson Jean McAcy Julia McCants in honor of Leigh Nuñes Janice Mosley Linda Miller Liz & Bill Nolan Phyllis Pastuszka Ellen L. Quinn Margaret Reichlin-Battle Rodney Rosembert John J. Saffian in memory of Kathleen & George Saffian Matthew Sheahan Evangeline Szpylka Marisa & James Van Winckle Louise Weiss Agnes Wong & Winston Moy Maia Zedek Anonymous (1)

The Oratorio Society of Queens could ONLY flourish with the generosity of its supporters. We gratefully acknowledge their kindness.This contributors’ list reflects gifts received as of April 25, 2018.

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ORATORIO SOCIETY OF QUEENS SUPPORT Honorariums & Memoriams In memory of Nancy Pease David & LeeAnn Close Jay Aubrey Jones Eileen E. Scott Marge Colgan Ed Joseph Patty & Steve Taylor Jane Donnelly Irene C. Junge Marsha & Paul Toma Patty & George Franke André & Susan Louis Jean Walsh Julia Fuentes Linda A. Mulé Nancy & Fred Wetzel Rosemary Harmon Mira Nabi The Zlata Family Jonathan Pease Barbara Raisner In honor of André Louis Viola M. Cox Jay Aubrey Jones Eileen E. Scott Marsha & Paul Toma

In honor of Irene C. Junge Erin K. Lee Priscilla Bijur Kerry Lee Anne Blackman Celia Mendelsohn Robert Blechner & Therese Nechay Paula Krauss Kent Piekarz Linda & Don Colton Carl & Beverly Ellman Jane & Paul Sullivan Diane Kenney

In memory of the honorable Julia Harrison Claire Bazinet David & LeeAnn Close The Zlata Family

OSQ RESTAURANT RAFFLE We are grateful to the following restaurants for donating gift certificates in last year’s Annual Restaurant Raffle fundraiser (June 2017). Go have lunch or dinner there! And, thank them for supporting OSQ! AUSTIN'S ALE HOUSE 82-70 Austin Street Forest Hills

IL POETA 98-04 Metropolitan Avenue Forest Hills

PORTOFINO RISTORANTE 109-32 Ascan Avenue Forest Hills

BAROSA 62-29 Woodhaven Boulevard Rego Park

LA BARAKA 255-09 Northern Boulevard Little Neck

PRIMO AMORE RISTORANTE 34-33 Francis Lewis Boulevard Flushing

BLUE BAY DINER 58-50 Francis Lewis Boulevard Oakland Gardens

LITTLE SAIGON CUISINE 253-09 Northern Boulevard Little Neck

BOURBON STREET 40-12 Bell Boulevard Bayside

LONDON LENNIE’S 63-88 Woodhaven Boulevard Rego Park


BRIDIE’S BAR & GRILL 63-28 Woodhaven Boulevard Rego Park

NANCY’S RESTAURANT 255-41 Jericho Turnpike Bellerose

BRUNO RISTORANTE 158-22 Cross Bay Boulevard Howard Beach

NEIR’S TAVERN 87-48 78th Street Woodhaven

DONOVAN’S PUB 57-24 Roosevelt Avenue Woodside

PAPAZZIO 39-38 Bell Boulevard Bayside

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SAFFRON 161-50 Cross Bay Boulevard Howard Beach TJK CAFÉ & RESTAURANT 249-04 Horace Harding Expressway Little Neck WOODHAVEN HOUSE 63-98 Woodhaven Boulevard Rego Park ZUM STAMMTISCH RESTAURANT 69-46 Myrtle Avenue Glendale


The Oratorio Society of Queens welcomes singers to join our community chorus and experience the JOY of choral singing. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings at 7:30 pm, beginning January 15 in the FSG Hall at Temple Beth Sholom, 172nd Street and Northern Blvd., Flushing. Please visit our website, to learn more about us.

OSQ’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT Come sing Handel's ‘Messiah’ with us! Sunday, September 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm David Close, Conductor

Musica Regina Productions Proudly Announces its 19th concert season! BARBARA PODGURSKI




Ensemble PI performs new works of NYC-based composers alongside traditional chamber music works for small ensemble and voice.

World-renowned marimbist Makoto Nakura presents an evening of new works with recital partners Tara O’Connor (flute), Barbara Podgurski (piano), and Chie Kitamura (narrator).



Featuring original works of young composers in the Juilliard PreCollege program.


Award-winning performer/ethnomusicologist Ozan Aksoy leads his group in an evening of Ethno-Jazz Fusion of Persian, Turkish, Kurdish, and Armenian songs with Arabic and Nepalese influences.


Featuring works of Gilbert Galindo (world premiere), Hindemith, and Rebecca Clarke. Works for piano and strings.


A new FREE interactive concert series for children and families. This companion series to MRP’s community concerts introduces young concert-goers to the world of making music and sharing it with others. Kids get to listen, compose, and interact with performers at weekend afternoon concerts all under an hour in length.

Acclaimed violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn returns with her famed “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius to perform a program of classical works with pianist Barbara Podgurski.

Dates to be announced mid-summer 2018 on For more informaƟon or to join our mailing list, call 718.894.2178

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In Celebration of the Life of

Jeannette Arnesta Hinson

with love, Members of Oratorio Society of Queens

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Florida weather is certainly sublime, but nothing measures up to the camaraderie and joy of making music with all of you at OSQ. Webut missnothing you! measures up Florida weather is certainly sublime,

to the camaraderie and joy of making music with all of you at OSQ! We miss you!

Florida weather is certainly sublime, but nothing measures up to the camaraderie and joy of making music with all of you at OSQ! We miss you! All the best, Margery and David Kashman

All the best, Margery and David Kashman

All the best,

Touching the sky.

Margery and David Kashman

In Loving Memory of Michele

The Louis Family

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Happy Fourth Birthday to my sunshine, Torrynce, Keeping the residents (and singers!) of Queens well adjusted for two generations...

with all my love, Your Gma Marie Page 24

Fond Memories, Let all the world in every corner sing, My God and King

Parents: Orland & Madeline Small Brother: Frank Small I miss you all dearly. The melodious sounds of your Bass and Tenor And mom's beautiful First Soprano Love you forever, Wendy Small-Brassell, OSQ First Soprano

In memory of Richard & Elizabeth Taylor Thanks for the love and the music.


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In loving memory of my friend Janet Adamski From Jane Donnelly

In loving memory of Paul Donnelly Page 26

Ursule Rubes loves when her auntie Marie May Desulmé sings “Hallelujah” with the Oratorio Society of Queens.

The OSQ Men –Tenors & Basses– proudly honor David & LeeAnn Close in the memory of LeeAnn’s father, Wesley Horbatuck.


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In loving memory of our parents Louis & Audrey Dummett Eileen Michael Alan

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Mikey loves to hear Aunt Leslie sing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hallelujah!â&#x20AC;? with OSQ.

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In Memoriam Jocelyn Gertel Long-time OSQ Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens member Page 30

OSQ - proud partner in the Amazon Smile Program We are deeply grateful to those in the community who support the Oratorio Society of Queens. Please visit our advertisers and say THANK YOU for supporting this Concert!

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HAYNETH VERONICA BELLAN Owner (Retired) Veronicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boutique

CORNELIA GUTWEIN Principal (Retired) Flushing High School

ARPY COHERIAN Director Continuing Education Queensborough Community College


TIMOTHY DERHAM Owner Inter Insurance Agency MICHAEL J. GREGOREK, ESQ. Counsel

ROB MACKAY Director of Public Relations Marketing & Tourism Queens Economic Development Corporation

THE HONORABLE FRANK PADAVAN New York State Senator (Retired) GEORGIANA REESE-BENATTI Community Director New York Community Bank VICTORIA SCHNEPS-YUNIS Chief Executive Officer Schneps Communications / The Queens Courier JAMES A TRENT President & Founder Queens County Farm Museum

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In memory of The Honorable Julia Harrison Long-time OSQ supporter

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OSQ STUDENT CHORAL PROGRAM The Program Students are awarded a scholarship to become part of the chorus for one year (students will be re-evaluated annually to renew their scholarship). All expenses – dues, music, tutorial assistance and access to master classes taught by professional singers – are covered by OSQ. Students will rehearse weekly with the chorus (September through May) and perform in two concerts accompanied by a professional orchestra. Requirements Students must be full-time high school or college students in good academic standing, with a sincere interest in learning and performing choral music consisting of classical sacred music such as Handel’s “Messiah,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” Beethoven’s “Hallelujah” (Mount of Olives), holiday music and American spirituals and popular music. Students are required to have an audition to determine their voice range and placement within the chorus. Students must provide a short statement about their interest in choral singing, their past musical experience and their plans to continue to incorporate music into their adult lives. Interested? Learn more about the Oratorio Society of Queens and the Choral Scholarship Program by going to our website, Download, complete and forward the application for admission.

OSQ Board Members Susan Rosenberg (left) and Larry Lutzak (right) with the OSQ Students (left to right): Brianna Sheridan, Andy Rivera, Evan Katsefes Page 34

The Oratorio Society of Queens is supported by

The Oratorio Society of Queens is a proud member

OSQ concerts are supported and made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council, with additional funding from Council Member Barry Grodenchik, Council Member Paul Vallone, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Corporation and foundation support include Amazon Smile Foundation, The Billy Rose Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Chubb & Son, The William C. and Joyce C. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil Charitable Trust.

The Oratorio Society of Queens is a WQXR Salute The ARts (STAR) partner

Thank you.



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Donations to the Oratorio Society of Queens in memory of Wesley Joseph Horbatuck A consummate gentleman, a devoted family man, and a steadfast friend, who always had a twinkle in his eyes, a smile on his lips, and a song in his heart. father of LeeAnn Close OSQ Member, Treasurer & Administrative Director Karla & Peter Alfano Robert & Martha Badger Ronnie & Marc Bendeth July & Al Bernstein Betsy Semon Bonczar & Family Ingrid R. Boney Colette M. Bonnett Francine & William Bosch Kenneth & Betty Bosch Mary E. Boyd Karen Brogno Anne Brueckner Mario & Karen Cannariato Liliana Cardenas Doris Carron Patricia M. Cawley Mary Clancy Frances Cohen Viola M. Cox Lisa Danziger Patty & George Franke Charlene DeGregoria

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Regina J. Faighes Cheshire Frager Esther Friedman Vernie Gorman Helen Griffin Joan Grossman Diane L. Haber Jane K. Hamilton Lynn Hanousek Irene C. Junge & Jim Griffin Dominic & Rita Karcic Margery & David Kashman Donald & Maureen Kelly Maura Kelly Angela H. Kim Kumiko & Donald Laghezza Marguerite & Joseph LeBron Harry & Michelle Leonard André & Susan Louis Larry & Kath Lutzak Leslie & Chick Marinello Mary F. Mills

Winston Moy & Agnes Wong Linda A. Mulé Linda Muller Mira Nabi Jeffrey Nackenson Martin & Paul Narva Leigh F. Nuñes The Paluba Family Raymond F. Preston Susan Rosenberg Sherri Rossi Eileen E. Scott Anna Semon Wendy Small-Brassell Carolyn A. Stein Heike Stucke Marsha & Paul Toma Marisa & James Van Winckle Bernadette Vermersch Jean Walsh Nancy & Fred Wetzel The Zlata Family

Let’s give a hand to the Oratorio Society of Queens, bringing the joy of music to our wonderful community.


Accolades Ac congratulations Bravo


IN QUEENS AND BEYOND Qside Federal Credit Union has expanded its membership eligibility community! Businesses and people who live, work, study or worship within certain areas of the following Queens neighborhoods are now eligible to join Qside and experience the benefits of credit union membership. NEW QUEENS NEIGHBORHOODS: „ „

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2018 spring journal for web  
2018 spring journal for web