Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00
The North Shore Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) will open its 52nd Season with a concert on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. at Stratford Road Elementary School located at 33 Bedford Road in Plainview.
The concert, entitled “Russian Focus” and “Sounds of the Season,” will feature Jeong-Yoon Park, the principal cellist and Anton Polezhayev, violin concertmaster of NSSO and artist-in-residence. Park will perform Shostakovich’s “Cello Concerto No. 1.” She has appeared as soloist with NSSO during the past four seasons in performances of Elgar’s “Cello Concerto” and Brahms’ “Double Concerto for Violin and Cello.” Park has been praised for her “vibrant sound and strong technique” and for her “passionate and musical performances.”
Polezhayev, who will perform Vivaldi’s “Winter Concerto,” has performed with NSSO many times as soloist of major violin concertos by Tchaikovsky, Lalo, Bruch, Brahms and Sibelius. Conducted by NSSO’s music director and conductor Susan Deaver, the concert will feature in addition to the concertos by Shostakovich and Vivaldi, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles,” Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” and short popular selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.”
Tickets are general admission $12, senior/student $10 and may be purchased at the door beginning at 7:15 p.m. on the evening of the concert. Further information about NSSO and the Dec. 8 concert may be found on the orchestra’s website at www.northshoresymphonyorch.org or call 695-4476.
The NSSO is currently celebrating its 52nd Season. Founded in 1961 by Dr. Charles Gouse, the NSSO has provided a way for hundreds of individuals from all professions and ages to share their enthusiasm for orchestral music. Many members of the orchestra attended the country’s leading conservatories including Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School of Music. NSSO, which is the orchestra-in-residence at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School, presents a series of four concerts each year, which include performances of standard orchestral repertoire as well as newly commissioned contemporary pieces. Featured soloists have included promising young Long Island musicians, members of the New York Philharmonic and professional young musicians.
Friends of NSSO, an informal committee first established in 1993, became the non-profit corporation Friends of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra in 2001. Friends assumed full financial support of the orchestra in June of 2004. NSSO was in residency at North Shore High School for almost 25 years as part of the community education program before relocating to Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School in the fall of 2004.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:49
Standing at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by the Long Island STEM Hub and dozens of Long Island students who are part of the school’s engineering and robotics team, announced her education agenda to encourage more youths, especially women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), bolster engineering education programs across Long Island’s elementary, middle, and high schools and draw more STEM teachers to educate children in high-need areas.
With eight of nine of the fastest growing industries requiring math and science proficiency and women, minority, and low-income students underrepresented in STEM-related careers, Gillibrand is pushing for federal measures to close the achievement gap and bring more STEM-related programs, such as the Long Island STEM Hub’s Career Academies, to schools across Long Island. With the success of POB-JFK high school’s targeted STEM curriculum and engineering program, the Hub will be launching an additional career academy in engineering next school year.