Media Advisory for Thursday, December 6, 1 pm
RIBBON-CUTTING TO OPEN ARMSTRONG ALLEY,
QUEENS COLLEGE’S NEW PERFORMANCE SPACE
FLUSHING, NY, December 3, 2007 – On Thursday, December 6 at 1 pm, Queens College will hold a ribbon-cutting event in the main dining hall for Armstrong Alley, the school’s newest performance space. Queens College President James Muyskens, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, and music professor and Grammy-winning saxophonist Antonio Hart will cut the ribbon. Immediately following the ribbon-cutting, graduate jazz students of the Aaron Copland School of Music will perform, led by Professor Hart.
Named for Louis Armstrong, perhaps the most famous and most influential musician in jazz history, Armstrong Alley will allow Queens College students to hear world-class jazz in an intimate and comfortable setting where lunchtime concerts will be scheduled throughout the academic year. Armstrong Alley is funded by a grant from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.
Louis Armstrong and his wife, Lucille, lived for decades in a modest house at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, Queens. Today, their home is a National Historic Landmark and a New York City Landmark operated by Queens College as a house museum. Queens College also owns the world’s largest collection of Armstrong memorabilia.
The prestigious Jazz Studies program at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music has benefited from such notable faculty as Jimmy Heath, Donald Byrd, Sir Roland Hanna, Michael Philip Mossman, and Antonio Hart. Graduates of the Jazz Studies program perform in nightclubs, concert halls, and recording studios all over the world.