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Long Island Concert Orchestra (LICO), with Enrico Fagone artistic director, was established in September of 2016 by David Winkler Executive Director of its umbrella not-for-profit, Sea Cliff Chamber Players. The new orchestra’s continuing mission has been to meet the growing needs on Long Island and metropolitan New York City for a fully professional orchestra possessing a unique approach to repertoire, presentation and international reach.

Long Island Concert Orchestra (LICO)’s long term mission is to bring great orchestral music into the very communities where our audiences reside – throughout Long Island and metropolitan New York. To best reach the broadest possible range of audiences, the orchestra performs at a variety of venues throughout the region including Nassau and Suffolk Counties as well as New York City. LICO also provides a variety of vital and dynamic music education programs in our public schools as well free parks programs for large audiences.

On Long Island, LICO helps to meet the cultural needs of its three million residents with fully professional orchestra programs throughout the region. These programs include free parks concerts, in-school Arts-In- Education programs and other vital endeavors. In the just last several years LICO has established concert series in a variety of regional venues including the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, Morgan Park, the Patchogue Theater, the Suffolk Theater, East Islip Summer Series, Huntington Arts Summer Stage, and Krasnoff Hall along with New York City venues such as Merkin Hall and the famous landmark venues Good Shepherd Church, and Broadway Presbyterian at 114th Street, Manhattan.

Our Music Director, grammy nominated Enrico Fagone, is well known to the international music community leading major orchestras throughout the world. Maestro Fagone continues to create unique and powerful programs with LICO bringing internationally renowned concert soloists to LICO concerts both throughout Long Island and in our metropolitan New York events as well.

In addition to the above public concert events, LICO has already provided programs for young people including numerous student coaching and performance services in area public schools including activities at the Uniondale, Wheatley, Sewanhaka and Sachem School Districts, encompassing some 14 lower, middle and high schools.

LICO’s upcoming activities in 2023-24 include

  1.  Concert activities at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and Krasnoff Hall
  2. The Landmark Series of orchestral and chamber music events throughout Manhattan at Good Shepherd, Broadway Presbyterian and St John’s Churches
  3. Chamber concerts at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove
  4. A variety of orchestral events at the Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead including a Dec 22, 2023 Christmas Symphonic Tribute

Key Figures


Enrico Fagone

“Enrico Fagone has been defined by the classical music press as one of the world’s most promising musicians at the international level. Even at an early age, the quality and depth of Enrico Fagone’s musical experience surpassed the highest standards. (ranging from collaborations with Martha Argerich to popular music).

Enrico Fagone was born in Italy in 1979. He graduated cum laude in Double bass at the conservatory ‘Giuseppe Nicolini’of Piacenza (Italy) with Leonardo Colonna and completed his studies with Franco Petracchi and Klaus Stoll (Berliner Philharmoniker 1965-2008). In addition, he complimented his studies in Composition with Jorge Bosso and in Orchestral Conducting at the “Claudio Abbado” School in Milan, and with Jorma Panula in Helsinki (Panula Academy).

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Enrico Fagone
David Winkler

David Winkler

New York composer David Winkler has composed over 200 works for orchestras and ensembles worldwide. He has received a Martha Argerich Project Commission, Leonard Bernstein Composer Fellowship, and additional commissions from the Verbania Arts Center, i Musici di Parma, two symphonic commissions from the Suoni dal Golfo Music Festival in Lerici, the City of Guayaquil, Ecuador, the Fromm Foundation, Aspen Festival, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, a BMI Young Composer Award and a special ASCAP award, etc, etc. New commissions/premieres include his “Omaggio al LVB” piano trio for the Parma Festival, Parma, Italy (October 26, 2020), “Homenaje a Guayaquil” in celebration of that Ecuadorian city’s 200th anniversary of independence and a new work for Pipe Organ and Orchestra for an August 2021 premiere at the Ocean Grove Music Festival (New Jersey), home of the USA’s largest pipe organ housed in the 5000 seat Ocean Grove Auditorium.

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Jason C. Tramm

Maestro Tramm serves as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor with the MidAtlantic Opera with whom he made his Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) debut in 2015. The program, entitled “A Prayer for Peace,” featured works of Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, and Saygun. The second concert of this critically acclaimed series took place on October 27, 2017 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and featured works of Vasks, Schoenberg and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Metropolitan Opera baritone, Mark Delavan.

He also serves as Music Director of Teatro Lirico D’Europa, a touring professional opera company. Upcoming tour repertoire for the 2018-19 season includes fully staged performances of Puccini’s Tosca and Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia. Performances will take place in Florida, New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Boston, Baltimore and South Carolina.

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Jason C Tramm