The Strings of the South Shore Symphony

The Strings of the South Shore Symphony
Catherine Fish and Adam Birke are the two featured solists at the South Shore Symphony's upcoming performance. (Photo courtesy of the South Shore Symphony)

The strings of the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of music director Scott Jackson Wiley, will be performing at Molloy College Madison Theatre in Rockville Centre on Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m.

Catherine Fish and Adam Birke will be the featured soloists. The string orchestra program will feature “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis” by Raph Vaughan Williams, “Concerto for two violins in D minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach and Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C Major”.

Fish is a professional violinist from Port Washington. She is currently on the faculty of the Herricks School District, where she is the high school orchestra director and conducts three thriving string orchestras. Fish is also the associate conductor and head of strings at the New York State Summer School of the Arts and also serves as a strings coach for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. She has performed with numerous orchestras and opera companies, including serving as the concertmaster for the South Shore Symphony, North Shore Music Festival and the Amore Opera Company and as the principal second violin for the Garden State Philharmonic.

Birke, a violinist from Baldwin, has extensive experience teaching violin, viola, and piano, as well as tutoring music theory, analysis, ear training, and history. He is the associate concertmaster of the South Shore Symphony, and has performed as concertmaster in the Madison Theatre productions of The Nutcracker, as well as Video Games Live in 2018. Birke has played with numerous other ensembles including The Saxophone Project, the Molloy College Community Orchestra as concertmaster, the Queens College Orchestra, the Queens College Chamber Orchestra, and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

The South Shore Symphony Orchestra is an associate of the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts, based in Rockville Centre, New York. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the door for $20-$30. Tickets for students and their families are free if they come to the box office before the performance by 7:30 p.m. For further information contact (516) 323-4444 or visit the Madison Theatre website at

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