FANWOOD, NJ -- The Friends welcome popular New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) conductor Warren Cohen for a (virtual) piano-side chat on the history of holiday music on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

From sacred carols to Rudolph’s red nose, Mr. Cohen will explore the cultural and historical influences on the celebration of the holidays through music.

  • Who wrote the Christmas music and why? (Some surprises here.)
  • What were the social contexts?
  • What were the literary and historical influences?

The program will be accompanied by videos and slides. Questions from the audience are welcomed. Advance registration is required. Click here.

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Warren Cohen serves as Artistic Director and Symphony Conductor of the NJIO in New Providence, NJ, and Music Director and Conductor of MusicaNova in Scottsdale, Arizona. He began his career as a pianist and composer. With an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the music history, he brings to life his presentations with interesting anecdotes and little known facts. One of his interests over the years has been Holiday Music, and he has programmed numerous variations on the holiday theme. Cohen has even arranged a rather different set of Christmas Carols of his own, based on his historical study of several well-known carols. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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