There is no doubt that Louis Panacciulli has found the secret to keeping his conducting repertoire fresh and interestingly varied. For many years Maestro Panacciulli used his talents and expertise on contrasting stages. He taught the youngest musicians in his prior role as an educator at Howell Road Elementary School in Valley Stream District 13 while he continues his role as adjunct professor of music and band director at Nassau Community College.
At the same time he has worked with such admired personalities in the music industry as composers Marvin Hamlisch and Jimmy Webb with The Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra. In 1984 Maestro Panacciulli and cofounder Dawn Simmons Manuel initiated the building blocks of filling a void on Long Island by bringing light classical and popular music to its residents.
Over the years, this dream has produced a sixty-piece orchestra, a New York Emmy Award nomination and the ability to perform in many venues including the Tilles Center where they have raised funds for several charities over the years. Cerebral Palsy of Nassau has been the recipient of that spotlight for the last twelve years and such notables as Joe Piscopo and Linda Eder are among those who have joined Maestro Panacciulli and The Nassau Pops in this cause. He is again looking forward to sharing the Tilles stage with Linda Eder in March of 2017 for the 13th annual benefit for this charity.
Last year Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra approached Louis Panacciulli with an invitation to participate in their conductor search for this esteemed group. Founded in 1950, this symphony features a strictly classical repertoire and is one of the oldest community orchestras in the New York metropolitan area. Of course the Maestro always finds a way to accomplish whatever challenge comes his way and after conducting the spring concert with Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony which featured renowned clarinetist, Stanley Drucker, Louis Panacciulli was chosen by their board to assume this position.
On Satuday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. Maestro Panacciulli will again pick up his baton at Lynbrook High School Auditorium located on Union Avenue in yet another role, as Conductor of Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony. This concert, celebrating the orchestra’s 67th season, will feature such classical treasures as Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro Overture, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. The featured guest violinist will be Anton Polezhayev, formerly of The New York Philharmonic.
Join Maestro Panacciulli and Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 22 for what promises to be an enchanting musical experience.
For tickets ($10 general admission; $5 seniors and students), visit rftsymphony.org or call 718 461-0016.