The Saw Lady returns to Astoria

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Natalia “The Saw Lady” Paruz rehearses with members of The Astoria Choir.

After cutting back last year, Natalia Paruz has retooled the NY Musical Saw Festival for its 11th appearance coming up Saturday, May 30 in Astoria.

A celebration of the carpenter’s go-to tool, the festival includes musicians anxious to get their teeth into some classical music with a twist.

“The saw sounds like an opera singer without words,” Paruz, who goes by the moniker “The Saw Lady” said. “Every time we play, people come around looking for the singers.”

To prove her point, she and three other saw musicians will replace the soprano section of The Astoria Choir in a performance of Mozart’s “Ave verum corpus.”

The festival kicks off at 2 pm on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 31-18 37th St. in Astoria. Tickets are $10.

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