Thousands of Long Island residents gathered once again to "Celebrate our Hometown Heroes" at Long Island's premiere concert under the stars on Saturday night, July 15, 2017. The new Long Island Concert Orchestra, led by world-renowned conductor David Stewart Wiley, was truly wonderful and had a few surprises for the audience as they performed a wonderful program that included the traditional ''Armed Forces Salute,'' the exciting ''Mars,'' and a tribute to Leonard Bernstein.
Islip High School senior Morgiana McDevitt accompanied the orchestra for ''The Star Spangled Banner'' at the beginning of the concert. Additionally, the program featured a pair of exciting premeires: ''American Tapestry,'' written by local composer Reynard Burns and ''Festival Fanfare'' by David Winkler. The evening was topped off with the always incredible Grucci fireworks punctuating ''El Capitan,'' and ''The Stars & Stripes Forever.'' Enjoy the wonderful images below of a magical night, courtesy of photographer Rich LaBella.
Mrs. Lillian Barbash, the founder of the Islip Arts Council, first brought the NY Philharmonic to Heckscher State Park over thirty-five years ago. This concert is an important part of Long Island's cultural landscape and has been for many years.
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About Morgiana McDevittMorgiana McDevitt, a senior at Islip High School, has been involved with the arts since childhood. She has participated in over 30 musical theater productions across Long Island, and has recently represented Islip in NYSSMA’s All State and All Eastern Honor Choirs. In addition to performing, she is an honors student, participates in Science Olympiads and numerous Honor Societies.