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New York high school names building after Bill Joel’s mother

SYOSSET, new york – A building at the Long Island high school that Billy Joel helped save the closure is changed after the performer’s mother.

Newsday reports the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was present at a ceremony Tuesday in the new dedicated Rosalind Joel Conservatory for Music and Theater, which houses the performing arts programs at Long Island High School for the Arts campus in Syosset (seye-AH’-siht).

Students carry out a conversation with Joel, whose mother died in 2014.

He says that his mother encouraged his interest in music by paying for his piano lessons, and participate in shows, and when he grew up.

The Long Island native, pledged $1.5 million last year to help save the school, which was faced with closure due to decreasing enrollment and tuition revenue.

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Information: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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