Long Island Concert Orchestra to debut in May with “Godfather” music and screening

Posted on: March 15, 2017

“The Long Island Concert Orchestra makes its performance debut in May at Tilles Center, its first major public event since forming last fall as successor to the disbanded Long Island Philharmonic,” writes Steve Parks in Tuesday’s (3/14) Newsday (New York). ”The Long Island Concert Orchestra was formed in September in a collaboration between Chamber Players International and its director David Winkler along with former Philharmonic music director David Stewart Wiley and his fellow musicians. The Tilles Center concert … is a live performance of ‘The Godfather’ score by Nino Rota accompanying a high-definition screening of the first of the three ‘Godfather’ movies…. It is … ‘an important first step in establishing our new symphony orchestra,’ Winkler said. The next step, he said, is an expanded summer program of free concerts and, ‘hopefully the return of the Tilles New Year’s Eve gala,’ last performed by the Philharmonic in 2015…. Winkler and music director Wiley both said they are ‘cautiously optimistic’ about establishing a subscription season [in 2018-19]. The Philharmonic’s last such season was in 2009-10…. Already under way is an education-in-arts program with BOCES and participating Long Island school districts, featuring side-by-side performances of Long Island Concert Orchestra and student musicians.”

Posted March 15, 2017