North High School musicians to perform at Long Island Music Hall of Fame benefit concert

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Great Neck North High School is seen on a warmer fall day. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)
Great Neck North High School is seen on a warmer fall day. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

North High School musicians have been invited to perform at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) Holiday Concert to benefit music education programs.

The concert will be held at the NYCB Theater at Westbury at 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, on Sunday, Nov. 19, beginning at 2 p.m.

The North High String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Choir, made up of 99 student musicians, will perform Oratorio de Noel (final movement: Quintette et Choeur), Op. 12, by Camille Saint Saens, and Satchmo! (a medley that will include: “What A Wonderful World,” “When The Saints Go Marching In,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Hello, Dolly!”), by Ted Ricketts. Satchmo! is being presented as a tribute to LIMHoF member Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and will feature a special surprise guest.

Students will be under the direction of Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music director, and Dr. Pamela Levy, choral music director and the fine and performing arts department head.

Also performing at the concert will be top music students from Herricks Jazz Ensemble, Oyster Bay Wind Ensemble, and Uniondale Show Choir.

Tickets for the Holiday Concert are $25, and are available at or at

LIMHoF aims to recognize the significant achievements of musicians who were born on Long Island or spent a significant part of their careers there. The organization also supports music education on Long Island with Educator of Note and special recognitions, scholarships for music students, and a new mobile music museum designed for school visits.

Last year, LIMHoF named North High School a High School Music Program of Excellence, and also presented Mr. Rutkowski with their Music Educator of Note Award.

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