An afternoon with Linda Eder and the Nassau Pops
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Eder’s hour-long performance includes a medley of “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” Marvin Hamlisch’s “Ice Castles,” and “Climb Every Mountain,” along with such Broadway favorites as “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Man of La Mancha” and, of course, some songs from “Jekyll & Hyde.”
As always, the 60-member Nassau Pops opens the concert in their inimitable style. To get everyone in the mood for what is to come, the orchestra sets the tone with an overture from “Hello Dolly!,” followed by an orchestral medley of songs from “Mame” and “My Fair Lady.”
“This is my tribute to the ladies of the stage,” said Panacciulli. “We’re highlighting the great women of Broadway who certainly deserve recognition. Dolly and Mame, of course, are icons. And My Fair Lady always stands out.”
Panacciulli, a Franklin Square resident, has been at the helm of the Nassau Pops since 1984. Besides his duties with his orchestra, Panacciulli is in his 18th year teaching music in Valley Stream School District 13 and serves as band director at Nassau Community College, a post he has held for 23 years.
After the orchestra’s instrumental portion of the program, Creation — the four-person ensemble of singers who participate in UCPN’s Adult Day Treatment Program — will make their yearly appearance to close the first half of the concert. They’ll sing “Till There Was You,” the classic “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “Home,” a new song featured on American Idol.