Forest Hills Chamber Players to perform in Flushing
By Elisa Infosino

The Forest Hills Chamber Players, a chamber music group based in Forest Hills, is slated to
give a free concert Monday at the Flushing Branch of the Queens Public Library.

The Forest Hills Chamber Players will take the audience on a musical journey as the group
presents a program called "Room for Interpretation: from Bach to Bartok."

The group consists of Tanya Dusevic Witek, flutist, Krystof Witek, violinist, and Katherine
Cherbas, cellist. The group has recently been named as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the
Queens Museum of Art.

The players' performances are unique because they include a musical component and an
interactive educational component. The musicians provide background information about the
selections in order to enhance the audience's understanding.

"We give each of our programs a theme, and we explore it," Krystof Witek said. The audience is
given an opportunity to ask questions and comment about the themes presented. The theme of
the June 19 concert will be folk music.

The interaction with the audience is very important to the players.

"We work best with an active audience," Cherbas said.

"I like playing community venues because oftentimes you get a chance to get closer to the
audience," Tanya Dusevic Witek said.

Each member of the players is an accomplished professional musician. Together, the group
strives to promote musical appreciation by giving free concerts to Queens residents who may
otherwise not have access to live musical performances. The group has given free concerts at
venues such as museums, libraries, and senior centers.

At this concert the group will present music composed by Bach, Bartok, Schulhoff, and
Villa-Lobos. The selections will include Bach's "Trio Sonata in G Major," "BWV 1038,"
Villa-Lobos's "Finale" from "Jet Whistle" and Bartok's "Six Romanian Folkdances" arranged for
flute trio by Krystof Witek.

Traditional Taiwanese songs arranged by Krystof Witek will also be played, including
compositions titled "White Peony" and "Youthful Mountain."

Queens' residents who have attended other concerts by the group have been appreciative of the

"There's a lot of audience feedback," said Sara Angel Guerrero-Rippenberger, outreach
coordinator of the Queens Museum of Art. She also said "a lot of seniors say it's the highlight of
their week."

According to Gina Fazio of the Flushing Branch of the Queens Public Library, Forest Hills
Chamber Players concerts "usually have a full house. They are a group which we have come to

The June 19 concert is being sponsored by Grand Pacific USA, a Flushing-based business that
specializes in construction and business loans.

The Forest Hills Chamber Players will be performing at the Flushing Branch of the Queens
Public Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing, at 6 p.m. For more information call 718-661-1200.

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