WARREN, NJ- On Sunday, April 6, The Discovery Orchestra will present its signature spring Discovery Concert™ Laughing with Rossini at the Concert Hall at Drew University.  Maestro George Marriner Maull, along with 35 members of The Discovery Orchestra, will explore Gioachino Rossini’s jovial Overture to The Barber Seville.  Immediately following the concert, an elegant Patrons’ Dinner will be held at Mead Hall.  The evening will include a live and silent auction and wine pull. One of a kind experiences to be auctioned off include a cameo in Discovery Orchestra’s next TV show, a conducting lesson with Maestro Maull culminating in a conducting performance at next year’s gala, and a private In-Home recital with Maestro Maull and musicians.

This spectacular evening will feature the inaugural presentation of the Break Through Classical Music Award to Dr. Saul Feinberg, an extraordinary nationally recognized music educator. Jennifer and Lee Pierson of Pottersville will be honored with the 2014 Discovery Award and Jeff Friedman and Janet Shapiro of JF Teleproductions in Livingston will receive the Impact Partner Award

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Event Chairs Mary Horn of Whitehouse Station and Gail Whiting of Far Hills along with the Patrons’ Dinner Committee comprised of 25 members of the community have planned a fabulous evening. Laughing with Rossini is fortunate to enjoy the support of Lead Sponsors Elizabeth and Frank Gump, Gail Whiting and John Schuler, Robin and Chris Wilcox, Ellen and David Williams and Michael Johnston. “It is an honor to be associated with an organization that is so dedicated to making classical music interesting, enjoyable and accessible to so many people in our area,” says Horn.

2014 has been a year of significant achievement for The Discovery Orchestra.  On February 4 the Orchestra received a New York Emmy® Award nomination for Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  This two-part series was taped before a live audience on May 19, 2012 in the Concert Hall at Drew University. In this entertaining, educational program, conductor/host George Marriner Maull, violin soloist Peter Winograd and the members of The Discovery Orchestra explore how the descriptive sonnets Vivaldi wrote in the score are revealed in the music.  Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is the third production of Discovery Concerts for public television.  The first two, Bach to the Future (2002) and Discover Beethoven’s 5th (2010), were also both nominated for Emmy Awards.

With public education and enrichment as their mission, The Discovery Orchestra teaches the listening skills that help people emotionally connect with classical music. In a world of hurried sound bites, they believe that taking the time to actively listen to classical music can create highly meaningful and emotionally beneficial experiences for individuals. They reach individuals in New Jersey through live programs and millions more through national and international broadcasts of their award-winning public television programs and social media, including more than 100 Discovery Orchestra Chat videos on YouTube.  The Discovery Orchestra reaches novices to classical fans - with strategies that connect them with the music in transformative new ways.

Founder and Artistic Director George Marriner Maull, a professional musician, has been a conductor and educator for over 40 years.  The roster of musicians under his direction includes outstanding freelance professional instrumentalists and vocalists.  All are graduates of conservatories and university music schools such as The Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School. They perform regularly with acclaimed ensembles and orchestras in the metropolitan area.  The number of musical artists employed on any given occasion is repertoire-driven and may range from 1 to over 70.

The Discovery Orchestra’s Laughing with Rossini Concert and Patrons’ Dinner promises to be an exciting and memorable event.  For more information please visit www.discoveryorchestra.org. To purchase tickets, sponsor a table or make a contribution please contact Jeanne Maass, Events Director at Jeanne@DiscoveryOrchestra.org; 908-226-7300 x-11.