We are beyond thrilled to announce an in-person 2021-2022 full orchestral season!
QUO will offer four symphonic concerts. one chamber concert, and our annual Pride GayLa celebration in the 2021-2022 season: Alive with Spirit. This season features 4 soloists from our community, works by established LGBT composers, new works written for QUO, and of course traditional favorites of the orchestral rep. All concerts will feature in-person seating (subject to whatever restrictions apply), so plan now to join us!
October 16, 2021 (The Music That Drives Us)
Our season opens on October 16, and the first piece QUO will perform as an ensemble since the pandemic began will be from Pulitzer-prize winning LGBT composer Jennifer Higdon: Fanfare Ritmico. We missed celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday together, but we'll celebrate now with the "poised, alert musicianship" (Boston Globe) of guest Spencer Myer. who will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, and we'll conclude with Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.
December 18, 2021 (The Fate of Destiny)
CANCELED: Out of abundance of caution and considering the rate of spread in NYC, we have canceled the December 18 concert. If you purchased tickets, we will be in touch regarding refunds. Stay tuned for details about rescheduling of this preogram.
This concert begins with Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed, by Adolphus Hailstork. We'll then be joined by the "utterly ravishing" (Canada's Arts Forum) Andrew Sords in the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto #3. QUO closes the year with Tchaikovsky, proving that LGBT representation is not a new thing: his Symphony No. 4. Buy tickets now.
January 22, 2022 (Earthly Rituals)
March 12, 2022 (Fantastic Dreams)
QUO starts this concert with NYC LGBT composer Gilbert Galindo's Prelude to Hymns of the Sky. We're joined by James Adler, a pianist who can "create whatever type of music he wants at the keyboard" (Chicago Sun-Times) for Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Concluding this concert: Berlioz' famed Symphonie fantastique.
May 7, 2022 (Grandiose Spirit)
In March 2020, our last rehearsal was a reading of Sibelius' epic Symphony No. 2. That work provides a fitting conclusion the final concert of our traditional series this year. But also join us to hear the work we selected from our call for scores from transgendered and non-binary composers, and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Matthieu Cognet, "one of the most gifted musicians in the world today" (Philip Setzer, Emerson Quartet).
June 18, 2022 (Our annual GayLa: A Celebration of Beauty)
Our annual pride celebration has our usual mix of serious and popular works including Florence Price's The Oak (Ms. Price is noted as the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer). Our serious side also includes Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, and Scenes from a Melodrama -- a piece written for QUO by Lucas Syed. On the pops side, we'll conclude with the rousing, signature arrangement of John Williams' Star Wars Suite in honor of the composer's 90th birthday.