Long Island PhilharmonicClassical | 2006
The Long Island Philharmonic, based in Melville, was founded in 1979 by folk singer Harry Chapin in collaboration with Maestro Christopher Keene and several area business leaders. In addition to classical music, the Long Island Philharmonic provided cultural and educational benefits to the residents of Long Island and the surrounding boroughs. In recognition of its artistic achievements, the State of New York designated the Long Island Philharmonic—the only professional symphony orchestra and chorus based on Long Island—as a “Primary Arts Organization.” The organization maintained an extensive Arts in Education program that provided youth concerts, in-school performances, master classes, and more. Although one of the most highly respected regional orchestras in the nation, the Long Island Philharmonic was forced to cease operations in 2016, after 36 years, due to financial shortfalls.