PHOTO CREDIT – Office of Legislator Arnold W. Drucker
(MINEOLA, N.Y.) – Nassau County Legislator Arnold W. Drucker (D – Plainview) honored Plainview cellists Kimon and Constantine Vontas on Monday, June 26 for their amazing musical accomplishments at a young age.
The 18-year-old identical twins, who graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School on Sunday, June 25, performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Kimon earned the right to perform a solo at the legendary concert hall by winning the Syosset-based Children’s Orchestra Society’s Discovery Competition. He has been a member of the Society since 2017 and is the principal cellist of the Young Symphonic Ensemble. Constantine, who did not enter the competition, was on stage with Kimon as a member of the Society’s Young Symphonic Ensemble. They both will continue their academic studies at Cornell University this fall.
Legislator Drucker presented Kimon and Constantine Vontas with Nassau County Legislature Citations prior to the start of Monday’s meeting in the Peter J. Schmitt Memorial Chamber of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building.
“Kimon and Constantine are outstanding young musicians whose talents bring tremendous pride to the Plainview-Old Bethpage community and the entirety of Nassau County,” Legislator Drucker said. “It was a pleasure to spotlight these young men and wish them tremendous success as they continue to cultivate their talents at Cornell University.”
The Children’s Orchestra Society is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to teaching the language of music to children. Members of the Society receive training in classical music and opportunities to perform in concert with their peers and well-established musicians; the faculty includes Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma, whose brother is internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
For more information, visit https://www.childrensorch.org/