AUG 2024 / IAC Concert in the Park

AUG 2024 / IAC Concert in the Park


All Long Island residents are invited to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of NYS Parks at Long Island's premiere concert under the stars on Saturday night, August 10, 2024, at Heckscher State Park in East Islip. Orchestra Long Island, led by world-renowned conductor David Stewart Wiley, is planning a few surprises for the audience.

Mrs. Lillian Barbash, the founder of the Islip Arts Council, first brought the NY Philharmonic to Heckscher State Park over forty five years ago. This concert is an important part of Long Island's cultural landscape and has been for many years.



Orchestra Long Island, established in 2017, carries forward the musical legacy of the Long Island Philharmonic. The organization believes Long Island communities deserve to have a professional orchestra comprised of full-time paid musicians who have dedicated their careers to music performance. 

Led by David Stewart Wiley, Music Director, a leader in music performance and education on Long Island for nearly two decades, Orchestra Long Island (OLI) is a group of dedicated musicians and passionate educators. OLI is on the fast track to becoming a nationally-recognized community innovator among regional orchestras.

David Stewart Wiley 
Orchestra Long Island's Maestro David Stewart Wiley has conducted such distinguished symphonies as Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Oregon, Hawaii, and Utah, as well as in dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe. This May 2024 he will return to guest conduct the Boston Pops in historic Symphony Hall, having made his triple debut with the Boston Pops as conductor, composer, and piano soloist a few years ago. Wiley continues to conduct regularly in New York, and also appears throughout the U.S. as pianist, composer, and conductor - with engagements including Symphonicity, in Kansas City, and many others in about 40 US states.  

Wiley serves as Music Director & Conductor of OLI after the closing of the LI Philharmonic, continuing his commitment to education and outreach throughout Long Island. Wiley also enjoys a special relationship with Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival  as Artistic Director, and previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. As an experienced leader, Wiley plans and facilitates an innovative experience with business executives and musicians together on stage titled “Conducting Change” which helps executives to model leadership skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere with a live orchestra.
As a solo pianist with diverse classical, pops, and chamber music experience, Wiley has performed with numerous orchestras in the United States including Boston, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Oregon, Honolulu, Wheeling, and West Virginia, performing major concerti by Baroque to contemporary, often conducting from the piano. He has appeared in recital and chamber music appearances in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. Numerous opera and ballet performances include the Aspen Opera Theater, IU Opera Theater, and the Moscow Ballet.  

David Stewart Wiley won the Aspen Conducting Prize, was Assistant Conductor for the Aspen Music Festival, and was awarded a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood. Wiley holds both a Doctor and Master of Music in Conducting from Indiana University, a degree in Piano Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a degree in Religion, summa cum laude, from Tufts University. He is a recipient of the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts and is a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.  



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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