Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is the borough’s only professional orchestra and the oldest and largest professional arts organization in Queens. The vision and mission statements reflect the organization’s priority of service to the culturally diverse members of the Queens community. QSO‘s outreach is successful through several programs that enhance the musical offerings to the borough of Queens, presenting 15 to 25 concerts throughout the year.
The Masterworks Concert Series presented in the artistic home, Queensborough Community College Performing Arts Center, provides access to outstanding, high quality classical concerts at discounted and affordable prices. QSO will continue its ticket give-away program to senior centers, schools and social service agencies throughout the borough, enabling Queens residents of all ages, every ethnic/racial background and from every income level to enjoy the universal language of music.
The Concerts on the Green, free summer parks series, offers classical, pops, Broadway and opera selections in beautiful park settings throughout the borough bringing seniors, families and young adults together for a fun and informal event and helping strengthen community ties. The Music On the Move! Chamber Series showcases QSO musicians in various venues such as libraries, senior and community centers and town halls in hour-long performances of different ensembles, free of charge, helping to continue our decentralization efforts. The Arts-In-Education program is QSO’s way of educating the youth of Queens with no expense to the students. That is part of the investment that we offer to future musicians.