The New Philharmonic of New Jersey kicks off their 34th season with a celebration of their talented musicians on Sunday, October 17th at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station. The concert will shine the spotlight on several of the talented musicians who have helped to make the orchestra a beloved institution in northern New Jersey with their superb performances.

Violinists Mara Milkis and Nancie Lederer along with cellist Leo Grinhauz will perform the always popular “Concerto in D Minor for two violins and cello” by Antonio Vivaldi. Ms. Milkis serves as the orchestra’s Concertmaster this season while Ms. Lederer is the 2nd violin assistant principal.

Sato Moughalian, who is the orchestra’s principal flutist, will be joined by the orchestra for the “Fantasy for Flute and Chamber Orchestra” by Gabriel Fauré, one of the foremost French composers of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

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Other featured soloists include principal oboist Richard Foley performing the “Oboe Concerto in C Minor: Adagio” by Benedetto Marcello, a prolific composer of Vivaldi’s time who was also was a lawyer and government official; and Sharon Moe, the orchestra’s principal French Horn player, and bassoonist Atsuko Sato  who will both be featured in the Mozart “Sinfonia Concertante.”

Since its formation in the late 1970s, the New Philharmonic of New Jersey has built a reputation for excellence through concerts, a longstanding music education program and outreach programs for nursing and assisted living facilities. Under the leadership of Music Director/Conductor Leon Hyman, the New Philharmonic is popular as much for the Maestro’s conversations with the audience before each concert selection as it is for the high quality of its entertaining performances.

“We have such wonderful talent within the ranks of our orchestra and I wanted to showcase some of them at our opening concert. By including a ‘Meet the Artist’ reception after the concert, we invite our audience to better get to know these fine musicians,” said Music Director and Conductor Leon Hyman. “I expect we will see many student players in the audience as these are popular instrumental teachers as well.”

The New Philharmonic is sponsored in part by RBC Wealth Management, PNC Wealth Management and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The concert begins at 3:00 with a lecture preceding the program at 2:00 PM. New Philharmonic concerts are held in the new Dolan Performance Hall located on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth just a couple of miles east of Route 287 on Route 124 (Madison Avenue). For directions and more information, visit the orchestra website at Complementary parking is available and students K through 12 are free with a paying adult. Tickets range from $25.00 to $45.00 and are available by calling the box office at 973-408-3978.