BAYSIDE, NY — The Bayside Historical Society is launching its inaugural musical series, Passport Concert, on Sunday from 3 to 5 pm
Throughout the yearlong series musical acts hailing from different countries will perform, according to the historical society’s new executive director Barbara Speedling.
The kickoff event, located at 208 Totten Avenue, will have Latin music featuring artists Aurora Flores and Zon del Barrio, who are of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent, Speedling said.
Later this year, Chinese, Nigerian and Greek acts will perform, the executive director added.
The purpose of the series is to preserve and showcase the history and culture of the area, Speedling told Patch.
“What we really want to do with the series is to reach out and embrace our community in a broader sense and appeal to people from many walks of life and bring us together in our commonality,” Speedling said. “Music is a universal language and by showcasing various countries I think we are going to be able to show that we are similar, but different, although probably similar in more ways we realize.”
There will be traveler perks for people who attend several of the concerts, according to Speedling.
“There will be little surprises in store for the audience when they come,” Speedling said. “We are also trying to promote the cultures that we are showcasing as well, so there will be exhibits to accompany each of the events.”
It is Aug. 28, there will be a Chinese performance, on Sept. 18 a Nigerian performance and on Oct. 2 a Greek performance, Speedling added. Another four performances are planned for spring 2023.
“As much as we have an obligation to preserve what was, we have an obligation to preserve what is,” said Speedling, who started at the historical society in June. “That is going to be the future history!”
Speedling’s mission for the society is not only to highlight the distant past of the Bayside and Northeast Queens area, but to find programming that illustrates its most recent history, including the changing demographics.
“We want to look at the past couple of generations,” Speedling said.
Tickets for the event are on sale for $20 for BHS members and $25 for non-members at baysidehistorical.org.