Saturday, August 4 – Bernstein’s America Long Island Orchestra – With David Stewart Wiley; Jeffrey Biegel piano
Long Island Orchestra (LIO), is the region’s newly-formed professional symphony orchestra, founded by the professional musicians and Music Director/Conductor David Stewart Wiley of the former Long Island Philharmonic, along with a group of forward-thinking educators deeply connected to Long Island. Tonight’s program celebrates the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth.
One of the most important and beloved figures in America’s musical pantheon, Bernstein achieved world-wide acclaim as a composer of both classical works and Broadway shows, as conductor/musical director of the New York Philharmonic, and as a passionate educator and advocate for the arts. Selections will include pieces from West Side Story and Candide, plus selections from contemporary or American Composers who influenced Bernstein, including George Gershwin’s (Rhapsody in Blue with Jeffrey Biegel – piano), Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, Richard Rodgers (Medley from Sound of Music) and Irving Berlin (God Bless America). Vocalists TBA. Arrive early for a pre-concert talk by Maestro Wiley beginning at 7:15 PM.