American Composers of Our Time
Presented by the The South Shore Symphony
- PDQ Bach – Concerto for Simply Grand Piano
- Jeffrey Biegel – Piano Soloist
- Still – Symphony N. 1 (Afro-American Symphony)
- Lowell Liebermann – Concerto for Orchestra
Biegel spearheaded the commissioning of renowned P.D.Q. Bach scholar Peter Schickele’s recently “discovered” “Concerto for Simply Grand Piano” in 2015 with the involvement of over a dozen co-commissioning orchestras, including the South Shore Symphony. “It’s cheeky, and intended to be that way. If you hear something that makes you laugh, the composer wanted it that way – both of em!” Schickele’s P.D.Q. Bach conceit allows him to compose – or perhaps I should say decompose – new old music in a way which is both authentic and satirical.
The South Shore Symphony
The South Shore Symphony was first organized in the Five Towns in 1983. In 1991, led by President and Principal Cellist Wayne Lipton, the orchestra moved to Rockville Centre under the baton of Music Director and French hornist Paul Rudolf. In 1993 the distinguished violinist and conductor Ming Feng Hsin was appointed Music Director, beginning a five-year period of great expansion. In 1998 Scott Jackson Wiley became the resident Maestro. Under his leadership the orchestra has grown to include professional musicians and gifted high school players in addition to the dedicated amateurs that make up its core and has become one of the premiere performing ensembles of Long Island. The parent organization if the South Shore Symphony is the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts, a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization which funds the Orchestra through grants, and fundraising. The South Shore Symphony has enjoyed the constant support Molloy College, which supplies rehearsal space and the Madison Theatre, a first-class performance hall.
The South Shore Symphony collaborates annually with Leggz Ltd. Dance in highly popular holiday productions of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Ballet featuring professional dancers and highly skilled amateurs. Another hallmark of the South Shore Symphony is its regular collaboration with the Cathedral of St. Agnes, which in the past has led, among many other events, to performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, 2 and 3 plus Saint Saëns Symphony no. 3 (Organ Symphony). With the newest addition to the Guild, the Long Island Lyric Opera, each year the orchestra plays in a major opera production, which has previously included Tosca, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen and this season, Madame Butterfly. And, of course, one of the orchestra’s most cherished traditions is the outdoor summer pops concert every year in Rockville Centre’s Liberty Park which climaxes in a spectacular display of Grucci fireworks. The South Shore Symphony also plays in various musical productions with the Cap 21 Students at the Madison Theatre of Molloy College in Rockville Centre.