MORRISTOWN, NJ – Audience goers will be moved by the romanticism of “Circle of Dvorak” at New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s winter concert on March 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the College of Saint Elizabeth. All four of NJIO’s groups (two full orchestras, a string ensemble, and a flute choir) will perform, each consisting of amateur and professional musicians from age 5 to 85. Admission is free.
NJIO’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Maestro Warren Cohen, will begin with “Ballade in A minor” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a British composer who was the first classical composer of African descent to rise to prominence. “Ballade” was commissioned for the 1898 Three Choirs Festival at the suggestion of Edward Elgar, who saw promise in the then-little known composer. Symphony Orchestra will also perform Antonin Dvorak’s glorious Symphony No. 6, a pastoral symphony reminiscent of Brahms’s second symphony. Dvorak, a Czech composer known for weaving folk rhythms from his native Bohemia into his compositions, became internationally renowned because of this symphony.
NJIO’s Intermezzo Orchestra, led by Brian McGowan, will also perform a work by Dvorak, his Slavonic Dance No. 4. This dance is one of sixteen that were originally composed for two pianos, and the work as a whole is one for which Dvorak is best known, embodying his lively folk rhythms. Intermezzo will then play a rendition of Swan Hennessy’s “Two Pieces for Orchestra,” arranged by NJIO’s own Graham Cohen, who also plays and coaches violin and viola in NJIO. Hennessy was an Irish-American composer of late-Romantic music, making this piece a fitting addition to a romantic concert.
Be sure to arrive to the concert half an hour early to enjoy a short, but delightful serenade by NJIO’s Prelude Ensemble, led by conductor Robert Anderson, in the lobby. During Intermission, NJIO’s newly formed Flute Choir will perform selections.
NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and concerts are accessible to all. For more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit NJIO’s website http://njio.org