SUMMIT, NJ - Showcasing 'Masters of the Orchestra', the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) will stage a free winter concert February 23, beginning at 3 p.m., at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. The performance will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles, beginning with Prelude’s onstage performance, as well as its Flute Choir in the lobby during intermission.
Conducted by Artistic Director Warren Cohen, the Orchestra will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7. Written in 1952, one year before Prokofiev’s death, this was the last of his symphonies. Symphony No. 7 was originally written with a quiet ending to the final movement, but due to pressure from Russian officials at the time, Prokofiev added an energetic coda to be played at the end. This addition earned him the coveted 'Stalin Prize', although Prokofiev noted that he did prefer the original, quieter ending himself.
The NJIO will also perform Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane featuring Dylan Hamme, the Orchestra's 2019 Concerto Competition Winner, on violin. The piece features a virtuosic violin solo alongside the orchestra, and its characteristics mirror traditional Gypsy music. Tzigane, 'gypsy' in French, was completed only days before it was premiered by famous violinist Jelly d’Arányi in 1924, where it was universally praised by critics.
The Intermezzo Orchestra will be performing the first movement of Johann Stamitz’s Sinfonia in D Major along with the first of Ludwig van Beethoven’s German Dances.
The program is made possible through funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
While admission is free; donations will be accepted at the door.
Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School is located at 272 Morris Avenue.