On Friday, June 5th at 7:30 pm, the South Shore Symphony Orchestra performed at the stunning Madison Theatre at Molloy College in a concert to benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc.( ucpn). Molloy College and Leggz Ltd. Dance of Rockville Centre generously donated the use of the theatre and the amazing South Shore Symphony offered to do the concert as a gift to ucpn.
The goodness and kindness just goes on! Wayne Lipton, President of the Symphony invited Eileen Murphy to conduct and she agreed without hesitation and did a positively wonderful job. Wayne then invited an incredibly talented guest vocalist, Anne Fraser Thomas, to participate and without hesitation, she too was on board. Ms.Thomas, a California native, most recently sang back-up for Mariah Carey and Billy Porter, has had lead roles in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Man of La Mancha, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The King and I to name a few and toured internationally with Vox Lumiere as the Evil Diva/Coloratura Soprano. Anne is also an active voice over artist and part of the esteemed gospel choir, Broadway Inspirational Voices.
Anne was stunning in her elegant red gown as she mesmerized the audience with songs from Broadway shows Les Mis, Wicked and the movie, Frozen. Her voice was just magnificent and all were enthralled with her performance!
The theme of the concert was “Broadway in Music and Song” and it was such an incredible event. The audience was treated to music from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, La Cage, Wicked, Guys & Dolls, Westside Story, the Sound of Music and more of the music of Jerome Robbins and Richard Rodgers. The symphony sounded so amazing and every audience member truly enjoyed the beautiful music and the great talents of these wonderful musicians!
The ucpn’s own talented singers known as “Creation” sang to the delight of all at the concert! They really moved the audience with their rendition of “Wonderful World” and then got all clapping and feeling the joy with their spirited rendition of the Pharrell Williams hit, “Happy.”
David Tindal from Creation enthusiastically remarked, “Creation was thrilled to perform with the South Shore Symphony on the beautiful Madison Theatre stage and we were happy to welcome many new fans at this new venue.”
Bob McGuire, ucpn Executive Director commented on the generosity of the Rockville Centre community represented by Cathy Muscente of Molloy College, Joan MacNaughton of Leggz Ltd. Dance and Wayne Lipton of the South Shore Symphony saying,” We depend on support from the community to carry out our mission of providing high quality programs for the children and adults we serve; this outpouring of time, talent and resources has touched our hearts and we were so happy to enjoy the amazing concert with many new supporters and friends.”
The ucpn sponsored a great raffle called “A Night on Broadway” which featured 4 tickets to Jersey Boys, an overnight stay for 2 at the Kimberly Hotel and a round trip limo ride from U.S. Limousine. The prize was won by Nancy Galano.
The ucpn is also extremely grateful to the concert sponsors: Osborne Associates and Camera Land.
About the South Shore Symphony
The South Shore Symphony, first organized in the Five Towns in 1983, is certainly a Long Island favorite and enjoys great popularity among so many communities . 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. Having recently received its first major grant from the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport the South Shore Symphony has enjoyed the constant support of Senator Dean Skelos, King Kullen Food Stores, various corporate entities and private individuals and the 400 plus dedicated members of the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts.
The South Shore Symphony collaborates annually with Leggz Ltd. Dance in highly popular holiday productions of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Ballet. This past summer this collaboration yielded a highly successful joint concert of ballet and opera at the Lakeside Theater in Eisenhower Park. 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 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.