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The Islip Arts Council through its School of Cultural Arts, offers fine art, music and theatre classes for adults and children. All classes are taught by professionals in their fields.

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Islip Arts Council Free Concert Series
Bayard Cutting Arboretum 2015 Winter Series
Upper Carriage House, Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Sundays at 2 PM
Sponsored by Islip Arts Council
with support from Natural Heritage Trust
Limited seating, free tickets issued at 12:30pm

February 8 – Akiko Koayash, violin

New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi is an enthusiastic solo and chamber music player, who has appeared as a soloist with the West Islip Symphony Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra, and InterHarmony Festival Orchestra. She won First Prize in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, the Richmond County Orchestra Concerto Competition, and a Distinguished Musician Diploma at the IBLA Grand Prize Competition.

February 15 – Daria Rabotkina
, piano- winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, has been lauded as “…a pianist full of fire and warmth” (The Plain-Dealer).  Ms. Rabotkina’s career includes solo appearances with the San Francisco and New World Symphonies under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas and with the Kirov Orchestra and Valery Gergiev in a four-concert North American tour.  Whether in front of an orchestra, in recital hall or in a chamber music setting, this “Russian virtuoso” (The Miami Herald) impresses audiences and critics alike.

February 22 –Trio Portinari
, piano, cello, violin
Candace Chien, piano; Nicholas Pappone, violin; Hyung Suk Bae, cello. Trio Portinari was formed in New York City in 2013 by graduates of the some of the world's top American conservatories. Since then, they are continually captivating both traditional audiences and new younger ones through innovative and fresh performances of classic works, as well as championing the best of the newest music.  

March 1 – Seba Ali, pianist
– Egyptian Pianist Seba Ali made her debut at age 6 at the Cairo Opera House. She is the winner of the 2009 Ars Flores Concerto Competition, 2010 Lynn Concerto Competition and 2011 Artist Series of Sarasota Piano competition. Seba has been a soloist with Redlands, Symphony Orchestra, Lynn Philharmonia, Bibliotheca Alexandria Chamber Orchestra, Cairo Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra. She is a highly experienced accompanist and piano instructor and a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

March 8 – Di.Vi.Sion
Trio, piano, violin, cello
Formed in New York City in 2001, the piano trio is now in its eleventh season. The trio is: Kurt Briggs, Violin; Matt Goeke, Cello; and Renée Cometa Briggs, Piano. Its repertoire ranges from Haydn and De Fesch to Shostakovich and Ravel. They have also commissioned new works that incorporate the compositional technique of division, including Constance Cooper’s Play Within a Play; and Douglas Anderson’s Chamber Symphony No. 4 which was premiered in its tenth anniversary season. 

March 15 – Bradley Burgess
, piano South African pianist Bradley Burgess is a versatile and accomplished musician. Recent awards include the Pick ‘n Pay/Fine Music Radio Music Awards, the National Arts Council of South Africa and Oppenheimer Memorial Trust. He has appeared in recital, both solo and collaboratively, in New York, New Jersey, Idaho, United Kingdom, and Finland as well as major venues in South Africa. Bradley received his Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music. Also an organist, Bradley is currently the Director of Music & Organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Islip, NY.

cross island and friends
March 22 – Cross Island & Friends Join perennial IAC favorites CROSS ISLAND - Suzanne Mueller, cello, and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano - and guests violinist Yeou-Cheng Ma and clarinetist Sandy Tepper for an afternoon of duets, trios, and quartets spanning centuries and styles with music by Isaac Albeniz, Ludwig von Beethoven, Max Bruch, Frederic Chopin, Kevin Holland, Steven Kreamer, Federico Mompou, Franz Neruda, Paul Schoenfield, Steven Serpa, and Rick Sowash.

March 29 – Chris Gotzen-Berg, classical guitar
– For nearly 20 years, Savage Classical Guitar Sponsored Artist Christopher Gotzen-Berg has shared his passion for the guitar through his performances, teaching, and original compositions. His concert programs include classical masterpieces, original compositions, and flamenco transcriptions. The Times Union newspaper (Albany, NY) complemented Christopher for his “sparkling original compositions”.

Historical Exhibits
History Exhibit Room, Brookwood Hall

Sponsored by the Islip Arts Council
50 Irish Lane, East Islip
Thurs-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm

"East Islip- America's Main Street"
December 1 – March 29
presented by East Islip Historical Society
Exhibit featuring photos and memoirs of East Islip Main Street throughout the decades.

For more information call (631) 224-5420

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Islip Art Museum Exhibits
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Thursday and Friday 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday and Sunday 12 PM – 4 PM
Suggested Donation $5


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Remembering Things Past features foreign-born artists working in America. The artists in this exhibition all came to America at different stages in their lives and incorporate past interests, memories, and experiences of their home country into their artwork. The variety of their forms and subject matter reflect the uniqueness of their experiences. Remembering Things Past is an expansion of an exhibition perviously on display at the Patchogue Arts Gallery.