On Sunday, August 5, the Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC) hosted the Long Island Pops orchestra, conducted by Dean Karahalis, at Fort Tilden as part of its Sunset Picnic Concert series. RMAC President Stephen Yaeger donated a pen and ink drawing of the famous NC-4 flying over Air Station Rockaway in the early 1900's. The drawing went for $200.
|Karahalis wows the crowd with his frenetic conducting style. RMAC officials pose with Dean Karahalis, third from left. With him are John Musumeci, Barbara Eisenstadt, Karahalis and Yaeger. The orchestra played a combination of show tunes, Sinatra and light classical music. In addition, it played the "NC-4 March," which was written to commemorate the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Dena Verone sang many popular songs, including "Mama Mia" and some tunes from "Les Misérables" An unusually large group turned out for the LI Pops concert, always a crowd-pleaser. This older concert-goer was more intent on the music than on what was going on around him. Some of the younger members of the crowd listened with one ear while they played ball and Frisbee on the large lawn. Jim Serge has a powerful voice and he used it well with the Pops. A number of local kids went up on the stage to help Karahalis conduct the final number of the evening, "The William Tell Overture." The music led some to dance, including this dancing baby. Verone and Serge joined for a number of duets. |