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Queen of the Night with Thorgy Thor: PRIDE


Originally Aired: Thursday, June 1, 2023


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WQXR presents drag performance artist and violinist
Thorgy Thor! Come enjoy an evening of laughter, music, and campy fun as we kick off Pride Month! Guests include comedian Eman El-Husseini, the Metropolitan Horn Authority, violist Matthew Lipman, burlesque artist Miss Dirty Martini, flutist Brandon Patrick George, tunes from “Thorgy’s Rainbow Trout Quintet, beer tastings from Alementary Brewing Company and more!

If you’re a fan of Thorgy Thor, we may entice you to fall in love with classical music.  And if you’re a fan of WQXR and classical music, come see a show that will break all of the standard concert protocols!

We’ll have musical guests, drinks, and more than a few surprises. Haydn and Mozart knew how to wear a wig, and Thorgy Thor will take that look a few high-heeled steps further!

Thorgy Thor

Credit: Photo provided by Artist

Guest host Thorgy Thor is an NYC based drag performance artist, professional musician and TV host. She was a contestant on the Emmy Award-winning show RuPaul’s Drag Race and has appeared in Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, VICE, WWHL with Andy Cohen, and is a cast member of Dragnificent! on TLC/Hulu. She is a multi instrumentalist, playing violin, viola and cello in Thorgy and the Thorchestra! She’s done shows with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Credit: Photo by Bridget Bador

Eman El-Husseini is a Canadian-Palestinian comedian currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Over her decade and a half career she has accumulated an impressive list of credits such as the Amman Comedy Festival in Jordan, a regular at the prestigious Just for Laughs comedy festival in Sydney, Australia, Toronto and her home town Montreal in Canada. She currently has two comedy albums that can be heard on SiriusXM radio and all audio streaming channels; Unveiled and Handsome Daughter.

Matthew Lipman

Credit: Photo by Jiyang Chen

American violist Matthew Lipman has been praised by the New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing,” and by the Chicago Tribune for a “splendid technique and musical sensitivity.” Lipman has come to be relied on as one of the leading players of his generation, frequently appearing as both a soloist and chamber music performer.

Named the 2019 Artist-in-Residence for the American Viola Society, Lipman has additionally been featured on WFMT Chicago’s list “30 Under 30” of the world’s top classical musicians, and is a published contributor to The Strad, Strings and BBC Music magazines. He performs regularly on tour and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at music festivals.

Lipman is the recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Kovner Fellowship, and the Jack Kent Cooke Award, and several other Viola Competitions. He studied at The Juilliard School with Heidi Castleman, and was further mentored by Tabea Zimmermann at the Kronberg Academy. As an alum of the Bowers Program, Lipman occupies the Wallach Chair at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Metropolitan Horn Authority

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Since its founding in 2017, Metropolitan Horn Authority (MHA) has become the premier contemporary horn ensemble of New York City. MHA combines elements of classical, jazz, and pop to create a unique musical experience. Notable performances include as a soloist with the Yonkers Philharmonic, outreach concerts at Rikers Island in partnership with The Chelsea Symphony, a concert on canoes for the Gowanus Dredgers’ “Boat for the Vote” event, and countless educational concerts with organizations like Mozart for Munchkins and New York public schools.

MHA injects every performance with energy and a modern touch. The quartet can be seen throughout New York City at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Drom, and Little Island. MHA has been an artist for Groupmuse, Sofar Sounds, the Summer Streets Festival, Broadway Rhythm, and Summer on the Hudson’s Little Red Lighthouse Festival.

Miss Dirty Martini

Credit: Photo by Steven Menendez

The Definition of Burlesque, Miss Dirty Martini, is one of the original creators of the New Burlesque revival in New York City. She has received rave reviews for her ground breaking, stereotype busting performances, her over the top physique and classical dance training.

Based in New York City, Miss Martini has headlined burlesque shows all over the world and has been featured in nearly every book written on the subject. With the Cabaret New Burlesque, she has performed for sold out theaters throughout Europe. Ms. Martini has been a crowd favorite in the most iconic theaters in the world including The London Palladium, The Folies Bergere in Paris, NY’s Beacon and The Chicago Theater to name a few.

Brandon Patrick George

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Brandon Patrick George is a leading flute soloist and chamber musician, with an adventurous repertoire extending from the baroque to today. He is the flutist of the GRAMMY Award-nominated Imani Winds and has made appearances as a concerto soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the American Composers Orchestra, among others. He has been hailed by The New York Times as “the elegant Brandon Patrick George,” as a “virtuoso” by The Washington Post, and called a “knockout musician with a gorgeous sound” by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Tastings by The Alementary Brewing Co.


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