Massapequa Philharmonic brings live classical music to the museum

Posted on: February 10, 2021

“One year ago, Massapequa Philharmonic [music] director David Bernard was feeling out of this world,” writes Daniel Bubbeo in Friday’s (2/5) Newsday (Long Island, NY). “The orchestra had just finished a successful performance of ‘The Planets’ … and its members were gearing up for a spring brimming with concert dates across Long Island. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and suddenly their instruments were silenced…. What a difference a year makes. Not only has he organized a chamber music ensemble, but the Philharmonic has now become the orchestra in residence at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor performing there one or two Sundays a month. Visitors who come then will not only be treated to great art, but they can hear Mozart performed as they stroll among the exhibits. ‘It’s exactly what everybody needs right now—to have great art in front of their eyes while their ears are filled with the beauty of Mozart …,’ said Charles Riley, director of the Nassau County Museum of Art…. The positive reaction to the Philharmonic appearances has now led to plans for doing outdoor performances once spring and warmer temperatures arrive.”