La Familia Sextet con su jazz Latino.

There’s nothing like the energy of Latin Jazz to spice up a summer night. Whether you’re ready to salsa or sit back and watch, the rich sounds of the Queens Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Latin rhythms of La Familia Sextet, will create a night to remember.

Queens Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of QSO Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos, announces its 12th Annual Great Lawn Summer Concert presenting Summer Latin Heat on Wednesday, July 28th, at 7:00 PM at St. John’s University’s Great Lawn in Jamaica, Queens.

Willie Martínez, one of Latin jazz’s most sought-after drummers, has been part of the New York scene for well over a quarter of a century. A gifted composer, arranger and vocalist, Martínez has been featured with a wide range of bands from those playing Gothic funk at CBGBs to those performing Afro-Cuban jazz at Carnegie Hall. He has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists, including Chico O’Farrill, George Cables, Jewel, Faith Hill and Brandy. La Familia Sextet performs original compositions and arrangements penned by Martínez and its other members. «La Familia Sextet”, says Martínez, «represents the very best of New York-style Latin jazz. The baritone sax-and-trombone frontline is a unique treatment for this genre, and combined with the infectious rhythm section, smokes to the very last note!”

Preceding La Familia Sextet, QSO’s 2009 Young Soloist Competition winner, violinist Matthew Kimura, will perform as soloist with the orchestra.

“A highlight of the summer is our annual performance at St. John’s University, where we share modern and classical music with the Queens community,” said Maestro Kitsopoulos. “We are thrilled to return to St. John’s for the twelfth summer, a wonderful university-symphony-neighborhood collaboration,” he added.

This free event is made possible by the following sponsors: Consolidated Edison, New York City and State Departments of Parks and Recreation, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Coca-Cola.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Taffner Field House building in the St. John’s University campus.

For more information, please contact QSO by phone at (718) 326-4455, e-mail at, or visit our website at