Stepping Out

Musical explorations with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra

The conductor-less ensemble visits the Madison Theatre this weekend


In Concert

East Coast Chamber Orchestra

The young musicians who perform as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) bring their dynamic musicality to Molloy’s Madison Theatre. Their conductor-less approach to classical music combines the strength and power of a great orchestra with the sensitivity of a chamber music ensemble. ECCO’s fresh interpretations, coupled with playing that exudes both finesse and delight, have propelled the orcchestra into position as one of the most exceptional ensembles of today’s generation.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. $25-$35. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 678-5000 ext. 7715 or

Electrify Your Strings!

Emmy-award winning composer and electric violinist Mark Wood, a founding member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, performs with the LIU Post Orchestra and Choir, along with students from local schools, as part of his groundbreaking-music program, Electrify Your Strings! Along with his band, The Mark Wood Experience, Wood brings the ensembles together for a comcert that includes the music of Led Zeppelin, Rush, The Beatles, and his original compositions. Wood’s wife, vocalist Laura Kaye, and his 17-year-old son, drummer Elijah Wood, also perform.

Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. $15 and $25. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Rte. 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or or

Seasonal Delights

Winter Trek

Explore the always fascinating Muttontown Preserve during a guided winter trek. The hike takes visitors along a variety of environments located among the preserve’s 550 acres, including wetlands, wooded trails, upland woods, conifer stands, and kettle ponds. Look for cold weather birds and other creatures that reside in Nassau County’s largest nature preserve.

Sunday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-noon. Registration required. Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, Muttontown La., East Norwich.

(516) 571-8500.