The Astoria Music Project
The Astoria Music Project (AMP) strives to present intimate and interactive chamber music performances that break the mold of a typical classical music concert. We firmly believe that an audience’s experience and excitement is increased by providing fun and historical context for music in non-intimidating ways. Gone are the huge, stuffy concert halls and formal wear; our music is meant to be enjoyed as a social experience, with no golf clapping allowed.
A consistent champion of female composers, AMP’s 2019-20 season will celebrate the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment by presenting a season focused entirely on music composed by women. To kick off the season in fall, AMP will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth, with a program of chamber music written by the famous figure and her contemporaries, including Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Josephine Lang, and noted suffragette Ethyl Smyth. This will be followed by a concert of music by women of color, a highly underrepresented segment within the current classical music performance scene, at Redeemer Church in Astoria. In March, AMP will present its third consecutive Women’s History Month program. The season will finish in late spring with an ambitious program combining both music and visual art, in partnership with Plaxall Gallery and the LIC Arts Open. An overview on the past, present, and future of the female perspective will be examined by pairing the two mediums in a showcase exhibit of new work by local visual artists.