|FOREST HILLS CHAMBER PLAYERS
|“Room for Interpretation: from Bach to Bartok”
Featuring duos and trios for flute, violin and cello
Monday, June 19 at 6:00 PM
Flushing Branch of the Queens Public Library
41-17 Main Street, Flushing, NY
For more information call 718-661-1200
Three Queens residents who met at Juilliard and shared a desire to bring high-quality
accessible performances to audiences of the outer boroughs, established the Forest
Hills Chamber Players. The musicians are passionate about helping their listeners
establish deeper connections with classical music.
This concert is sponsored by Grand Pacific Finance Corporation, Michael Lin, President.
|Forest Hills Chamber Players
to acknowledge the generous
the Queens Museum of Art,
The Morse Family Foundation, Inc.
Grand Pacific Finance Corp.;
Michael Lin, President
|Forest Hills Chamber Players to perform in Flushing
By Elisa Infosino
The Forest Hills Chamber Players, a chamber music group based in Forest Hills, is slated to
give a free concert Monday at the Flushing Branch of the Queens Public Library.
The Forest Hills Chamber Players will take the audience on a musical journey as the group
presents a program called "Room for Interpretation: from Bach to Bartok."
The group consists of Tanya Dusevic Witek, flutist, Krystof Witek, violinist, and Katherine
Cherbas, cellist. The group has recently been named as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the
Queens Museum of Art.
The players' performances are unique because they include a musical component and an
interactive educational component. The musicians provide background information about
the selections in order to enhance the audience's understanding.
"We give each of our programs a theme, and we explore it," Krystof Witek said. The
audience is given an opportunity to ask questions and comment about the themes
presented. The theme of the June 19 concert will be folk music.
The interaction with the audience is very important to the players.
"We work best with an active audience," Cherbas said.
"I like playing community venues because oftentimes you get a chance to get closer to the
audience," Tanya Dusevic Witek said.
Each member of the players is an accomplished professional musician. Together, the
group strives to promote musical appreciation by giving free concerts to Queens residents
who may otherwise not have access to live musical performances. The group has given
free concerts at venues such as museums, libraries, and senior centers.
At this concert the group will present music composed by Bach, Bartok, Schulhoff, and
Villa-Lobos. The selections will include Bach's "Trio Sonata in G Major," "BWV 1038,"
Villa-Lobos's "Finale" from "Jet Whistle" and Bartok's "Six Romanian Folkdances" arranged
for flute trio by Krystof Witek.
Traditional Taiwanese songs arranged by Krystof Witek will also be played, including
compositions titled "White Peony" and "Youthful Mountain."
Queens' residents who have attended other concerts by the group have been appreciative
of the performances.
"There's a lot of audience feedback," said Sara Angel Guerrero-Rippenberger, outreach
coordinator of the Queens Museum of Art. She also said "a lot of seniors say it's the
highlight of their week."
According to Gina Fazio of the Flushing Branch of the Queens Public Library, Forest Hills
Chamber Players concerts "usually have a full house. They are a group which we have
come to enjoy."
The June 19 concert is being sponsored by Grand Pacific USA, a Flushing-based business
that specializes in construction and business loans.
The Forest Hills Chamber Players will be performing at the Flushing Branch of the Queens
Public Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing, at 6 p.m. For more information call 718-661-1200.
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