JULY 2019 / Concert in the Park – Lunar Landing Symphony

With an Art & Artisan’s Fair and Food Truck Rally 3-10pm

Thousands of Long Island residents gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with ''Lunar Landing Symphony'' at Long Island's premiere concert under the stars on Saturday night, July 13, 2019. The Long Island 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 a Star Wars medley, music from ''Apollo 13,'' and ''Star Trek Through the Years.''

Special guest vocalist Brentwood High School sophomore Catherine Boyd accompanied the orchestra for ''The Star Spangled Banner'' at the beginning of the concert. The program also featured ''Flying,'' written by local composer Reynard Burns. The evening was topped off with the always incredible Grucci fireworks punctuating ''The Stars & Stripes Forever.''

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.



Founded in 1974, the Islip Arts Council is dedicated to leadership, advocacy, and excellence in the arts. Our goal is to present, produce, and promote culturally responsive, high quality programs in varied artistic disciplines for our diverse Long Island community.


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