Billy Joel headlined an event at LIU Post as an advocate of the Long Island High School for the Arts, and performed two of his signature songs – “Vienna” and “Baby Grand” – during the session billed as “An Afternoon of Questions & Answers . . . And a Little Music.”
“I’m here to help with the Long Island High School for the Arts,” Joel, 66, a Hicksville native, said to applause. “I know a lot of colleges have music programs – Hofstra, Stony Brook – but this is for high-school age and it’s needed.”
Last month, the rock and roll icon announced a pledge of $1 million from his nonprofit foundation to help save LIHSA – the Island’s only public high school devoted to the arts – if Nassau BOCES officials say they will keep it open for three years.
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Billy Joel answers questions at LIU Post Hillwood Recital Hall in Brookville, NY, on February 8, 2016.
Billy performs a song for students, faculty and school leaders at LIU Post.
Nassau BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Robert R. Dillon introduces Regent Roger Tilles.
Regent Roger Tilles introduces Billy Joel.
Jillian Rossi, Music student, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD, sings one of her songs at LIU Post.
Jillian Rossi, Music student, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD, asks if she could sing one of her songs.
Top Photo: Backstage at LIU Post. Pictured from left, dance student Madeline Kulkhe, Nassau BOCES Board members Fran Langsner, Eric B. Schultz, Deborah Coates and Robert “B.A.” Schoen, Billy Joel, Board member Ronald Ellerbe, Art alumna Ashley Markiewicz, Nassau BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Robert R. Dillon, Regent Roger Tilles and Art student Kira Lomele.
Photos by Jeff Schock
- * Billy Joel Pledges $1M To Save Long Island High School For The Arts – Newsday – January 22, 2016
- * LI Arts School Not Movin’ Out, Partly Swayed By Billy Joel – Newsday – November 20, 2015
- * Billy Joel Asks Nassau BOCES Not To Close LI Arts School – Newsday – November 19, 2015