The Richmond County Orchestra will host free concert in memory of longtime Staten Island music aficionado Lo –

The Richmond County Orchestra will host free concert in memory of longtime Staten Island music aficionado Lo –

Louis Siani and Alan Aurelia and the Richmond County Orchestra. (Photo left, Staten Island Advance/Carol Ann Benanti. Photo right, Courtesy/Richmond Country Orchestra)Staten Island Advance
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Richmond County Orchestra presents a free concert Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Grymes Hill campus of St. John’s University that will celebrate the life of Louis Siani, a Richmond County Orchestra board member, an orchestra leader, Staten Island music teacher and World War II veteran, who died in April at 95.
The concert will also feature a performance by the Mighty String Demons, an ensemble of young Staten Island violinists, ages 7 to 17.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary season on Staten Island, Alan Aurelia conducts the 65-piece Richmond County Orchestra in music by Bruckner Symphony Vivaldi’s violin Concerto in A minor featuring the Mighty String Demons followed by the Might String Demons performing Tchaikovsky’s “Marche Slave”.
Members of the Mighty String Demons (Courtesy/Imara Moore)Staten Island Advance
The second half of the program opens with excerpts from the Broadway show “Chicago,” followed by pianist, vocalist and actor Alex Leonard and his combo.
"L-O-V-E: A Celebration of Nat King Cole," was performed by Alex Leonard on piano and vocals at Pangea in Manhattan several years ago.
During the concert, a video will be played featuring Siani with narrations by Dr. Janet Norton and Alex Leonard.
Siani taught at Egbert Junior High School for 31 years. He also opened The Richmond Music Studios and was orchestra leader of The Louis W. Siani Orchestra.
The program is made possible by donations from Dr. Janet Norton and Dr. Harold Leibovitz and public funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the NYS Council on the Arts.
Founded in 1998, under the direction of Aurelia, The Richmond County Orchestra continues its effort to enhance the musical and cultural life of Staten Island and students throughout NYC.
The orchestra offers live performances, presenting works of living composers as well as music from the past and provide its listeners with an opportunity to explore a new artistic language.
In addition, the RCO offers educational innovations designed to capture the interest of young students who want to pursue a career in music. Musicians from the RCO have gone into high schools and middle schools and coached students in after-school programs which have culminated in side-by-side concerts with the students and the orchestra.
Tickets to all Richmond County Orchestra concerts are free for students and children. Donations are welcome.
St. John’s University is located at 300 Howard Ave.
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