LI Youth Orchestra Features Concerto Competition Winner

Second concert of 55th Season with special performance by LIYO cellist Laura Bogen

The 55th season of the Long Island Youth Orchestra (LIYO) continues Sunday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. at Molloy College’s Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre, 11570. The program will feature this years’ Concerto Competition winner Laura Bogen. Bogen will perform Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in B flat Major by Luigi Boccherini.

The performance will also include the Overture to Fidelio by Ludwig von Beethoven and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.  Scott J. Dunn, music director and conductor of the LIYO will conduct. Tickets priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors will be available one hour prior to the concert. To reserve tickets in advance email

LIYO’s Concerto Competition began by Founder and Music Director Emeritus Martin Dreiwitz and serves to recognize the most talented high school seniors in the orchestra. The competition is held in the fall of each year with featured performances by the winners presented throughout the seasons. This year’s competition winners include: Laura Bogen, cello; Michelle Hromin, clarinet; Philip Orselli, trombone; with the honorable mention awarded to Alyssa Rust, flute.

Laura Bogen

Bogen has been a member of the Long Island Youth Orchestra for five years and is co-principal cellist this season. Previously, she was principal cellist of the Gemini Philharmonia and NYYME. A Senior at St. Pius V School, Bogen studied cello with Deborah Sepe for the past eight years. She has participated in the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival for the past five years, and is very much looking forward to this summer’s festival.

Bogen also plays with the LIU Post Orchestra and is principal cellist of her high school orchestra. She was elected to All State Symphony Orchestra this year and last year and was named a Tilles Scholar at the 2016 Festival. She has played in master classes held by members of the Shanghai Quartet and Ethel Quartet.

In addition, Bogen enjoys musical theatre having recently played the role of the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, and the role of Tuptim in The King and I. She is president of her high school sodality, and has also participated in various national speech contests, most recently making the eastern regionals of the NMA Leadership Speech competition.

The Long Island Youth Orchestra, was founded in 1962 by Martin Dreiwitz and has nearly 100 outstanding talented teenage players representing nearly 40 Long Island communities from Nassau and Suffolk counties. The Long Island Youth Orchestra, which is in residence at LIU Post, rehearses weekly to present a series of four concerts each season. Throughout its history, LIYO has had more than 40 summer tours to all parts of the world.

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