The 2018-2019 Free Community Concerts explores the life and works of Gabriela Lena Frank, with free concerts in all of New York City’s five boroughs.

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Music in Color: Celebrating the Life and Music of Gabriela Lena Frank

OSL presents free concerts throughout New York City to engage new audiences with classical music through dynamic concerts and multidisciplinary programs designed to be as entertaining as they are educational.

Now entering its third year, the signature Music in Color five-borough Free Community Concert tour focuses its 2019 program 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. With a narration written and performed by actor and playwright Kirya Traber, the program highlights Frank’s belief in the power of music as a tool for civic engagement.

Music in Color Free concerts are included as festival partners in Carnegie Hall’s 2018-2019 festival, Migrations: The Making of America.
WQXR is the official media sponsor of the 2019 Music in Color Free Community Concerts.
Music in Color is made possible with major support by the National Endowment for the Arts.