Summit - The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will bring concertgoers back to a simpler time with their concert, “Musical Traditions in Song and Story,” on Sunday, February 18th at the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. The performance will begin at 3:00 pm, and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles, as well as its Flute Choir and Festival Chorus. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.
NJIO’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Warren Cohen and featuring the Festival Chorus, will dazzle audiences with a rendition of the under-performed “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast,” the first of a trilogy of cantatas by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Coleridge-Taylor, an 1800’s Englishman, was a descendant of African-American slaves and made multiple trips to America in his lifetime, including an invitation to the White House by President Theodore Roosevelt. His most famous work, The Song of Hiawatha, is a trilogy of cantatas based on the epic poem of the same name by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and was an immediate hit upon its London premiere in 1898. In both England and America, he was so celebrated that he became known as the “African Mahler,” and his works have been performed worldwide ever since.
NJIO’s Symphony will also perform the moving and wonderfully composed “Moldau” by Bedrich Smetana, whose most famous composition about a river in Bohemia combined the symphonic poem form with nationalistic ideals. Intermezzo Orchestra will be performing Vivaldi’s delightful “Concerto Alla Rustica” and Offenbach’s “Barcarolle” from The Tales of Hoffmann. Be sure to arrive half an hour early to catch Prelude Ensemble’s performance in the lobby, and Flute Choir’s performance at intermission!
February 18, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Summit Middle School
272 Morris Ave, Summit
NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and concerts are accessible to all. For more information regarding the Open House rehearsals, the concert, or NJIO as an organization, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit NJIO’s website at http://www.njio.org or follow us on Facebook.
NJIO, now in its 24th season, has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance. Not only do the members aged 8 to 80 play together, but they also mentor one another. In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, NJIO has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, and was a finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. NJIO welcomes new members of all ages and abilities each concert period to one of its several orchestras - no auditions needed!
This program is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.