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The Astoria Symphony is a professional orchestra based in Astoria, New York, in the borough of Queens. The orchestra performs at least six programs annually, and each program includes a performance in their home turf in Queens, and a performance in Manhattan. The official home of the Astoria Symphony is the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Astoria, Queens, NY. The Astoria Symphony is the only professional orchestra that regularly serves western Queens.
The orchestra was founded by conductor Silas Nathaniel Huff in 2002, and performed fifteen concerts in its inaugural season. The Astoria Symphony's first performance in September 2003 under Maestro Huff's baton included Felix Mendelssohn's Die Hebriden, the Mozart Flute Concerto, and Haydn's Symphony No. 103 ("Drumroll"). Since then, the orchestra has performed a wide range of repertoire including Vivaldi's Gloria, Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Brahms' A German Requiem, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Symphonies No. 8 & 9, Piano Concertos 3 & 5, and Egmont Overture, Stravinsky's Firebird, Ives' Unanswered Question, Lukas Foss' Elegy for Anne Frank, and many more, including a number of world premieres. These performances have taken place in LaGaurdia Performing Arts Center (Long Island City), Symphony Space (Upper West Side), Riverside Church, Central Park's Naumberg Bandshell, and the Manhattan Jewish Community Center, among others.
The Astoria Symphony is the flagship ensemble of the Astoria Music Society, which also includes the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, a chamber music series, and an education program aimed at increasing awareness of classical and contemporary orchestral music.
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