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Students Join in ‘LI Sings the Beatles’

Local Youth to Perform Beatles Songs

The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center and the John Lennon Center for Music and Technology, will present “Long Island Sings the Beatles,” featuring the best of Long Island high school vocal talent and a few college students, singing popular Beatles hits.


The show will take place Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature students from both Massapequa and Wantagh.

According to producer Fred Gelfand, high school students from across Long Island – Massapequa, Wantagh, East Islip, Brentwood, and other towns – all sent in demo CDs of themselves singing Beatles songs.

These entries were reviewed by a panel comprised of music industry figures and the Five Towns College Music Department faculty. Out of approximately 50 acts selected for audition, 10 were ultimately invited to take the stage Jan. 30.

Among those performing will be Lenny Sandowsky of Massapequa singing While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Yesterday.

Kara Arena of Wantagh will sing I’ve Just Seen a Face and Eleanor Rigby. She will be accompanied by Victor and Peter Arena

 “It really is a wonderful opportunity for these talented young musicians to showcase their talent to the public, and it should prove to be an emotional and fun evening for everyone in attendance,” said Gelfand, a retired teacher and a professional musician and music industry veteran himself.

Each participant will receive a music CD and DVD video of all the evening’s performances, and will also receive a $250 scholarship toward tuition at Five Towns College, should they choose to attend the school after graduating from high school. Students selected range in age from just 9 years old to 18.

Other performers will include:

• Michael Janover, A.J. Sammartino, Tom Bauer and Nick Conversano of Islip Terrace, performing Nowhere Man and You’re Gonna Lose That Girl,

• Samile Roberty of Brentwood singing Across the Universe and Hello Goodbye, accompanied by Ron Pace and Michael Sharp,

• Alana Rose Henriquez of Brentwood singing In My Life and Let it Be, also accompanied by Pace and Sharp,

• Desiree Rapp of Brentwood singing I Want to Hold Your Hand, accompanied by Pace and Sharp,

• Corondi Kingsberry singing Penny Lane accompanied by Eddie Aguilar and Nicholas Shann,

• Ted Rosendale and Mark Kinzler of Melville singing Girl, and I Will Get You in the End.

The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center is located at Five Towns College, 305 North Service Road, Dix Hills. For ticket information, contact the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center box office at (631) 656-2148 or visit online at