Cathedral to showcase popular symphony pieces

Cathedral to showcase popular symphony pieces

Join the South Shore Symphony Orchestra for an evening of beautiful orchestral and organ music on Sunday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre.

The South Shore Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction and baton of Scott Jackson Wiley, will open the performance with the Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor of Francis Poulenc, played by Michael Bower, director of music at St. Agnes Cathedral, which premiered in 1938.

Though not an overtly religious work, its composition coincided with the return of the composer to his original Christian faith, and is perhaps the most popular organ concerto since the Baroque period.  The Planets, by Gustav Holst, is a composition based on astrology rather than astronomy.  Since its premiere once hundred years ago, it has remained one of the most popular works in the symphonic canon.

The South Shore Symphony Orchestra, based in Rockville Centre, is one of the premiere orchestras of Long Island and is an associate of the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts. The performance is free to the public, but a donation of $15 is requested.

St. Agnes Cathedral is located at 29 Quealy Place in Rockville Centre and is wheelchair accessible. For further information, go to


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