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Discovery Orchestra to Hold Annual Concert in Madison; Gala Reception Will Follow

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Madison will host the Discovery Orchestra’s “Discover the Joy of Corelli” musical event on Sunday, April 29 in celebration of the orchestra’s 31st season.

Kicking off with musical performances from 3 to 5 p.m. at Drew University’s Concert Hall, the evening will conclude with a gala reception from 5:15 to 7:45 p.m. inside the Conservatory at The Madison Hotel, 1 Convent Road in Morristown. 

Concert audience members will be taken on a journey to 17th century Rome through a performance of Arcangelo Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 4” of the Baroque string repertoire. 

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“We’re thrilled to celebrate our (31st) year of furthering our mission to provide innovative music education programs, performances and content,” said Virginia Johnston, executive director of The Discovery Orchestra. “We are incredibly fortunate for our community of support and are excited as we look to the future and our growing capability to touch more lives with the gift of being able to connect more deeply with music.” 

In traditional Discovery Concert format, the Orchestra’s artistic director, Maestro George Marriner Maull, will use humor and narrative to interactively guide audiences through the musical details of Corelli’s concerto, creating an immersive listening experience, according to event organizers. 

“We’ve spent over three decades teaching people of all walks of life how to become better listeners and to savor the experience of exploring music at new depths,” Maull said. “We look forward to this celebration of music and community with our beloved patrons and partners.” 

At the gala, Far Hills residents David and Ellen Williams will receive the orchestra’s annual Discovery Award for their longtime support of the orchestra’s music education mission.

This year’s gala event chair is one of The Discovery Orchestra’s youngest Board of Trustees members, E.J. Harrison, 25, who is in his third year serving on the Board. He is also pioneering the orchestra’s efforts to expand its connection to millennial and younger audiences, according to orchestra officials.

The post-concert gala will include a cocktail reception, three-course dinner and “A Taste of New Jersey” fine dining raffle with $3,000 in prizes and a high-end wine pull. Guests can also take part in a silent auction to bid for a suite at a New York Giants football game and sailing lessons from Manhattan Sailing School. 

Gala proceeds will be used to support the orchestra’s community and educational outreach efforts for seniors, people with special needs and inner city student music groups to experience the Orchestra’s live concerts and interactive music listening presentations with Maestro Maull. 

Concert tickets can be purchased here for $40 per person and $30 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Individual gala reception admission is available here for $250 per person, with a young professional rate available for $125 for patrons 35 and younger.  

In addition to its community outreach fundraising efforts, the Orchestra has invited several dozen members of community groups to attend the concert celebration free of charge. Local groups planning to attend are Friends of the Blind, Paterson Music Project, Warrenbrook Seniors and residents of The Chelsea at Warren.

This year’s gala sponsors include Judy Musicant and Hugh Clark, Kim and Mike Johnston, Judy and Josh Weston, the Powers family, Glenmede, Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman LLP, Ellen and David Williams, Rachel Weinberger and Ed McGann, Stephen Reynolds, Robin & Chris Willcox, Alan Yu and Midnight Media Group. Event sponsorships are available from $1,000 to $10,000.

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