Massapequa Philharmonic goes inside-out on Long Island

Posted on: April 5, 2022

“Consider David Bernard to be the Johnny Appleseed of classical music,” writes Dave Gil de Rubio in last Tuesday’s (3/29) Long Island Weekly (NY). “Given his role as conductor of the Massapequa Philharmonic, a position he’s held for six years, it comes as no surprise. The zeal he has for this genre of music has led him to find unorthodox ways of spreading the gospel of Beethoven and Mozart…. During the pandemic, he entered into a unique agreement with the Nassau Museum of Art to present live music at the mansion and on the … grounds of the former Frick Estate.” For the Massapequa Philharmonic performance with cellist Zlatomir Fung “at the Adelphi Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 3 … Bernard offers a unique twist … InsideOut seats, which place audience members onstage with the musicians. It’s something the Great Neck native developed and is regularly featured by the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in New York City … It’s a crucial part of Bernard’s classical music outreach for both children and adults. And while he recently led an InsideOut concert for third-graders … he feels it’s just as important a tool to use in providing that connection with grown-ups.”