Come Together

quowp 2018-2019: Queer We Are

The third concert in our Queer We Are series featured the winner of QUO’s annual concert competition: Paul Robertson, who performed the Mayazumi Concertino for Xylophone and Orchestra. We also performed orchestra-member Sayed Safavynia’s Discovery, and a symphony by the dean of African-American composers, William Grant Still.

What We’re Made Of

quowp 2018-2019: Queer We Are

The second concert in our Queer We Are series gave each section of the orchestra a chance to shine in a chamber work, followed by a big Russian finish. Dukas: La Peri (brass) Gabrielle: Jubilate Deo (brass) Shubert: Little Symphony for Winds Lansky: Springs (Percussion) Warlock: Capriol Suite (Strings) Prokofiev: Lt. Kije Suite

Won’t Back Down

quowp 2018-2019: Queer We Are

Our 2018-2019 Season is Queer We Are, and the first concert — Won’t Back Down — is a tribute to those who face and overcome adversity. Julius Eastman’s life story completely exemplifies that theme, and we were honored that Gerald Busby composed a piece especially for this concert. Eastman: Stay On It Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 Busby: Three Bagatelles …

We Are One: Mozart 39

quowp 2017-2018: We Are One

This concert featured the winning entry in QUO’s annual composition contest: Clint Borzoni’s Antinous and Hadrian Suite as well as the world premiere of QUO’s own Ron Nahass’ Quicksand. Nahass: Quicksand Borzoni: Antinous and Hadrian Suite Holmes: Irlande Mozart: Symphony No. 39

We Are One: Price 3

quowp 2017-2018: We Are One

For the third concert in our We Are One series, QUO presented a work of little-known Florence Price, who was the first African-American woman to have a work performed by a major US orchestra. Ms. Price enjoyed somewhat of a rediscovery in 2018, and QUO was happy to be in the vanguard of that. This concert also featured the winner …

We Are One: GayLa

quowp 2017-2018: We Are One

The GayLa of our ninth season featured host Molly Pope, who also performed two songs with QUO. The program included: Rossini: La Gazza Ladra Overture Lain: Blood Moon (World Premiere) Tower: Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman Strauss, Jr: Blue Danube Waltz Leigh: Selections from Man of LaMancha Landesman/Wolf: Ballad of the Sad Young Men (with Molly Pope) Herman: The …

We Are One: Beethoven 3

quowp 2017-2018: We Are One

The second concert in our We Are One series. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) DiMari: Ascension Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Nutcracker Anderson: Sleigh Ride

We Are One: Dvorak 9

quowp 2017-2018: We Are One

The first concert in our We Are One series featured Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony, and a guest appearance by transgendered composer Calenna Garba. Sibelius: Finlandia Garba: Nostalgias Silenciosas Rimsky-Korsakov: Rhapsody Espagnol Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (from the New World)

QUO Loves NYC GayLa

quowp 2016-2017: QUO Loves NYC

Our annual pride GayLa for our QUO Loves NYC series was held on June 17, 2017. We were joined by Jacquilene Jonee, who was both our emcee and guest artist in arrangements of Broadway show tunes. The program included: Marquez: Conga del Fuego Nuevo Strauss: Champagne Polka Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra Bernstein: 1944 from On The Town Arlen/Hermann: I …