The Queer Big Apple Corps In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
The Queer Big Apple Corps in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
A Celebration of the film scores of John Williams
Henco Espag, Director, QBAC Symphonic Band
Royden Ringer, Assistant Conductor
New York City’s own Queer Big Apple Corps (the new name for the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps!) returns to Symphony Space to celebrate the beloved film scores of John Williams, in honor of his 90th birthday. Under the bejeweled baton of conductor Henco Espag, this concert features John Williams’s most beloved scores, including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Home Alone, Catch Me if You Can, and more. One lucky audience member will win our Name the Movie Theme contest. Join us on this nostalgic journey through the movies we’ve adored since childhood.
This event is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The Queer Big Apple Corps is the new name of the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps. Since its formation in 1979, the band has represented the entire LGBTQIA+ community and brought “The Sound of Love & Joy” to audiences across the United States and Canada.
The Queer Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band has played Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully halls, and made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2009, the band’s 30th anniversary year. Over four decades, the band has shared the stage with such luminaries as Harvey Fierstein, Rita Moreno, Liz Calloway, Arthur Laurents, and Liz Smith. Not only has the band performed with the famous, it has performed for the famous: Kathy Najimy, Tony Shalhoub, Annette Bening, and Sutton Foster. A founding member of the Pride Bands Alliance (PBA), the Queer Big Apple Corps also performed with the PBA massed band in both Inaugural Parades for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Chosen to perform in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Queer Big Apple Corps Marching Band has received countless coveted “best band” awards in parades large and small from coast to coast. The band has been seen by millions of people around the world in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day broadcast, two Ticker Tape parades, in Pride Night half-time shows for the Brooklyn Nets and NY Knicks and on the field for the NY Mets, and in 15-20 parades and street performances each year.
With more than 250 musicians, color guard, and band aides, the Queer Big Apple Corps proudly celebrated its 43rd anniversary this fall, and plans on lifting the hearts of audiences in concert halls and on parade routes for decades to come.