2014-2015 Season

Keith Emerson in person: The classical legacy of a rock star

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8 pm
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8 pm
The Madison Theatre at Molloy College

Scott Jackson Wiley, Conductor
Jeffrey Biegel, Piano
Keith Emerson, Piano


Emerson - Suite for String Quartet
Emerson - Glorietta Pass
Emerson - Piano Concerto
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

Mussorgsky/Ravel - Pictures at an Exhibition
Emerson - Honky Tonk
Keith Emerson, piano
South Shore Symphony rhythm section

The famous rock star Keith Emerson joins piano virtuoso Jeffrey Biegel and the South Shore Symphony in a program of riveting music. Jeffrey Biegel will perform Keith Emerson’s virtuosic and hard-driving Piano Concerto. The South Shore Symphony will perform Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, the piano masterpiece that fueled some of Emerson’s most inspired music making. The orchestra will also perform Glorietta Pass and other works of Emerson, with an appearance by the legendary performer and composer in person.

A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8 pm
The Madison Theatre at Molloy College

The Nutcracker

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 5 pm
Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4 pm
The Madison Theatre at Molloy College

Scott Jackson Wiley, Conductor


Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker

We continue our tradition of ringing in the holiday season with Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, The Nutcracker, for the first time in the beautiful Madison Theatre of Molloy College. Under the leadership of Artistic Director and Choreographer Joan MacNaughton, international ballet stars are joined by gifted young dancers from all over the metropolitan area. The South Shore Symphony under Scott Jackson Wiley summons all its forces to bring to life the composer’s full score. Indeed this production is the only one on Long Island that features a full orchestra. This magical extravaganza is a must for everyone!

The Music of Maurice Ravel

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 8 pm
The Madison Theatre at Molloy College

Scott Jackson Wiley, Conductor
Dmitry Glivinskiy, Piano


Ravel - Pavane for a Dead Princess
Ravel - Rapsodie Espagnole
Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major
Dmitry Glivinskiy, piano

Ravel - Second Suite from Daphnis and Chloe

Written originally for the ballet and premiered in 1912, the music of Daphnis and Chloe is so powerful that it is most often performed without the dance. It is considered not just one of Ravel’s greatest works, but a touchstone of the orchestral repertoire. Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, heavily influenced by American jazz, can be thought of as the composer’s response to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue – it will sparkle under the fingers of the young virtuoso, Dmitry Glivinskiy. Ravel’s popular Pavane for a Dead Princess opens this program dedicated to one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.

Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and Old Friends

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8 pm
The Madison Theatre at Molloy College

Marc Kissoczy, Guest Conductor
Ming-Feng Hsin, Violin


Sibelius - Finlandia, op. 28
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto op. 35 in D major
Ming-Feng Hsin, violin

Sibelius - Symphony n. 2 op. 43 in D major

Marc Kissoczy, a Swiss conductor of international prestige, leads an exciting program of orchestral standards featuring the brilliant violinist, Ming Feng Hsin, of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. A conductor in his own right, Maestro Hsin led the South Shore Symphony before our present conductor, Scott Jackson Wiley, assumed the podium. All three met at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in the early nineties and have remained fast friends to this day. Maestro Wiley is delighted that his two colleagues have accepted his invitation to perform with the South Shore Symphony.

All Mozart with Stanley Drucker

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8 pm
The Madison Theatre at Molloy College

David Bernard, Guest Conductor
Stanley Drucker, Clarinet

Mozart - Overture in D, K. 320 Posthorn
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto K. 622 in A major
Stanley Drucker, clarinet

Mozart - Symphony n. 41 K. 550 in C major Jupiter

This all-Mozart program features one of our country’s greatest musicians, clarinetist Stanley Drucker. Mr. Drucker’s matchless playing has been a hallmark of the New York Philharmonic for over sixty years, forty-nine from the chair of first clarinet. He joined the Philharmonic at the age of ninteen and holds the Guinness World Record for the longest career of any orchestral clarinetist. He will bring all his experience and virtuosity to his interpretation of the Mozart Concerto for Clarinet. Framing this work are Mozart’s wonderful Posthorn Overture and his last symphony, the amazing Jupiter. In the skillful hands of guest conductor David Bernard, who returns for a second consecutive season, this all-Mozart program will delight all.

The Diocesan Choir and Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony

Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Saint Agnes Cathedral

Diocesan Chorus and the Choirs of St. Agnes with the South Shore Symphony
Michael Wustrow and Michael Bower, Conductors

Tchaikovsky Symphony n. 6 op. 74 in B minor Pathétique
Scott Jackson Wiley, Conductor

Continuing a well-established and popular tradition, the South Shore Symphony unites with the choirs of St. Agnes Cathedral under directors Michael Bower and Michael Wustrow for the final concert of the season. Closing the program, the orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s devastatingly beautiful Sixth Symphony under the baton of Maestro Wiley. In the majestic space of the Cathedral of St. Agnes, with its marvelous acoustic, this will truly be a memorable occasion.

No reservations required. Suggested donation $15 at the door.

Summer Fireworks Pops Bash

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 7:45 pm
Mill River Park in Rockville Centre

Eileen Murphy, Conductor

For many of us, both in the orchestra and in the audience, this is our favorite concert of the year! With our listeners comfortably spread out on the lawn of Mill River Park, the South Shore Symphony, under its long time member, violinist and conductor Eileen Murphy, “lets its hair down” and digs into dance tunes, Broadway favorites, popular songs and, of course, patriotic marches, all as a prelude to a spectacular fireworks display. After the fireworks we settle into soothing mood music for a lovely summer evening.