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    Queens College orchestra performs works of Copland, Barber and Ellington

    Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music boasted the works of composers Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and Duke Ellington on Sept. 21 and Sept. 23 at the LeFrak Concert Hall. Starting the night off was Copland’s “El Salón Mexico,” which stylistically depicts an imaginary dance hall located in Mexico City. The piece took over four years to complete and was finally composed in 1936. The subtitle of the song, “A Popular Type Dance Hall in Mexico City,” is a sentiment toward its origins, which stem from the flavor and culture of Mexico. The next piece, Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” first premiered in the later decade of 1948. The composition,…