Community Access Unlimited (CAU) will be hosting a quintet from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at its Elizabeth headquarters Thursday, May 11, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Five members of the orchestra will perform "Peter and the Wolf," which has introduced generations of children to the world of classical music. This special arrangement of Prokofiev’s classic tale features the instruments of the woodwind family, combining the same great imagery with a focus on the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. With the help of some other selections highlighting each instrument’s diverse capabilities, the quintet demonstrates not only how well the instruments play together but also what makes them each unique.
This event is part of a community concert series in Elizabeth featuring New Jersey Symphony Orchestra chamber ensembles, sponsored by the PSEG Foundation. The concerts are made possible through a multiyear partnership between the NJSO and PSEG Foundation to celebrate diversity within communities and provide unique cultural experiences.
The quintet will be preceded by a performance by the CAU Rocks Band, a collaboration between CAU's Academy of Continuing Education, which provides continuing education opportunities for adults with disabilities, and the Kean University music department. The band comprises both CAU members and Kean University music majors, who serve as mentors to the CAU members.
“The NJSO enriches the lives of the people of New Jersey through musical excellence," said NJSO president and CEO Gabriel van Aalst. "The PSEG Foundation shares our commitment to serving people of all ages and demographics and we are proud to partner to offer meaningful cultural experiences to audiences with developmental disabilities.”
Said Lyn Schraer-Joiner, music education coordinator and associate professor at Kean University, "The collaboration with CAU has meant a great deal to Kean’s Music Conservatory. We are both honored and excited to perform with CAU for the NJSO and greater Elizabeth Community.”
Added Marguerite Modero, music director at CAU, "Performing with a stellar group such as the NJSO is a dream that normally our members would never realistically have the chance to attain but with the NJSO's mission of educating and sharing instrumental music with all, a generous grant and the support once again of the Kean musicians, it will become a reality for our CAU Rocks Band."
Community Access Unlimited is a statewide nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, providing supports in areas including housing, vocational skills and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation.
The joint concert is the latest step by CAU to allow for integration of its members into the wider community through art. The agency operates the CAU Community Players, a troupe of actors with and without disabilities who stage a musical each summer, and has dubbed 2017 "The Year of the Arts" for its members.
The performance is open to the public. CAU is located at 80 West Grand Street in Elizabeth.
About Community Access Unlimited
Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 38th year in 2017, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at www.caunj.org or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.