The Long Island Philharmonic has called its arts-in-education program MusicLIvz for the last few seasons. But this year, the name takes on added meaning as the Philharmonic’s subscription season of performances is on hiatus due to cash-flow problems.
The full orchestra will be together for its first concert since the New Year’s Eve gala when it plays the Harold Bernstein Youth Concerts March 15 and 17.
The program, “It’s an Orchestra World,” is conducted by Philharmonic music director David Stewart Wiley, and takes 4,000 to 6,000 first- through eighth-graders on a musical world tour, which includes the Finale of Beethoven’s First Symphony and the first movement of his Fifth, the overture to Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” and new compositions by three Long Island students.
The performance also features the 2010 Long Island Philharmonic young artist winner, oboist Nicole Caligiuri of Shoreham-Wading River High School.
“MusicLIvz helps us develop audiences for the future,” says Karen Beluso, Philharmonic director of education and community engagement, “not to mention future musicians.”
The youth concerts are dedicated to Harold P. Bernstein, the late Long Island businessman, and supported by his son and daughter-in-law Jay and Jill Bernstein. The four daytime concerts, at Tilles Center and Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, are open only to Long Island schoolchildren and chaperones.
Other MusicLIvz programs — supported by participating school districts — bring Philharmonic string, woodwind and brass ensembles to schools as a complement to their music programs.
Through Performance Partners, the Philharmonic also offers residency-type training for school orchestras, bands and choruses. Student musicians join in rehearsals and receive 10 hours of coaching by professional musicians, as well as a concert in which students perform next to their Philharmonic mentors.
The free side-by-side concerts this spring are in the East Williston, Hempstead, Jericho, Westbury and Uniondale school districts.
Philharmonic board president Jack Russell estimates that MusicLIvz will reach about 30,000 schoolchildren from 60 Long Island school districts during the current school year.