Education & Community Programs


The Orchestra of St. Luke’s Music in Color series is dedicated to celebrating the life and music of a composer of color every year with five free community concerts in New York’s five boroughs. Each concert includes works by the composer and an original narration that tells the story of their life and career. Now entering its third year, the Music in Color Series focuses its 2019 series on the music of Gabriela Lena Frank, an American composer of Peruvian, Chinese, and Lithuanian Jewish descent. Having been commissioned to write a piece by the OSL in 2015, Frank returns to help curate this program, which includes selections from her own string quartets, as well as a piece by one of Frank’s inspirations, Chou Wen-Chung, and five new works composed by Fellows of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. In 2018, the Music in Color series presented the life and music of Florence Price, the first African-American female composer to have her work performed by a major American orchestra.

Flushing Town Hall, Gallery
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11354
Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 2 PM

RestorationART at the Billie Holiday Theatre
1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 2 PM

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Black Box Theatre
450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 7 PM

Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 2 PM

Harlem School of the Arts, Gallery
645 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10030
Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 6 PM

GABRIELA LENA FRANK Selections from String Quartets Leyendas, Quijotadas, and Milagros
CHOU WEN-CHUNG Leggierezza from String Quartet No. 1, “Clouds”
World premiere works to be announced (co-commissioned by Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music)


Sponsored By:

NEA Art Works                 NEA Art Works

Music in Color is made possible with major support by the National Endowment for the Arts. Orchestra of St. Luke’s is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

2018 Partners: