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New Jersey Festival Orchestra Presents the Gypsy Spirit

On Saturday, February 22, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, under the baton of Music Director David Wroe, New Jersey Festival Orchestra presents The Gypsy Spirit, a high-spirited celebration of folk and dance rhythms in a symphonic context by masterful composers from the heart of Europe. The concert also features guest virtuoso Allison Eldredge joins who joins the orchestra to perform Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No.1.
“The bursting dance rhythms, folk melodies, and sheer rustic energy pervading this concert are guaranteed to bring out the gypsy in us all,” commented Maestro Wroe.
The concert opens dramatically with Zoltan Kodaly’s evocative Dances of Galanta. With their shimmering displays of melody and color, these brilliant dance orchestrations evoke the music of roving gypsy bands from the composer’s childhood in the Hungarian countryside and are considered to be the embodiment of the Hungarian spirit.
The evening continues with Camille Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor performed by guest cellist Allison Eldredge. Fast, brilliantly virtuosic yet charmingly whimsical, this music will have you on the edge of your seat. Believed my many composers to be the greatest of all cello concertos, the work is a vehicle to showcase bravura performances and internationally acclaimed Allison Eldredge is sure to delight.

A graduate of the Juilliard School in Manhattan, Ms. Eldredge has performed as a soloist with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, China National Symphony, Berlin Symphony,  London's Royal Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She is also a renowned master class teacher and promoter of the Arts as well as a versatile recording artist with numerous TV and radio credits.
The evening culminates with one of the great orchestral works of the Romantic era, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8, an ode to 19th century pastoral life in the composer’s native Bohemia. With its wistful, folk-like themes and colorful orchestral textures, Dvorák evokes an idyllic country outing, replete with peasant dances, bird calls, fanfares and more.
Continued Maestro Wroe, “ These magnificent scores, firmly rooted in their popular culture, are perfumed with the scent of their countries. Audiences should expect explosive results.”
This not-to-be-missed event has been made possible through the generous support of the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the A. Louis Scarmolin Trust.
3 performances:
The Gypsy Spirit
KODALY  Dances of Galanta
SAINT SAENS Cello Concerto No. 1
DVORAK Symphony No. 8
Masterful composers from the heart of Europe bring out the gypsy in us all with a high-spirited celebration of folk and dance rhythms in a symphonic context. Concert features renowned guest cellist Allison Eldridge. David Wroe conducts.
Friday February 21st at 8pm
Richard P. Marasco Center for the Performing Arts,
1629 Perrineville Rd., Monroe Township
Tickets $25 (members $22), Students free.
Or call 732 531 4400
Saturday February 22nd 2014 at 7pm
The Presbyterian Church in Westfield
Tickets $25-$75, Students $12
Sunday February 23rd at 3pm
Bickford Theater at Morris Museum,
6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown
Tickets $50 and $35 (members $30)

Ample free parking is offered at all locations.

Elizabeth Mitchell Ryan|Director of Marketing
[formerly Musica Morristown | Westfield Symphony Orchestra]
224  East Broad St, Westfield, NJ 07090
Office 908 232 9400|Cell 908 578 8194

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