SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- During the month of June, the JCC of Central New Jersey is hosting conductor Thomas Elefant who will teach a Music Appreciation series. 

Elefant is the Founder and Conductor of The Handel Festival Orchestra in New York.  Before becoming a conductor, Elefant was both a string player and brass player.  He has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, he conducted the Camerata Chamber Orchestra in Israel and he founded the Inter-Generational Symphony Orchestra in Tel Aviv.

On Tuesday, June 2 at 5:00 p.m., the JCC’s Music Appreciation program kicks off with a Concert at St. Peter’s Church on 54th & Lexington. Elefant will be conducting his Handel Festival Orchestra, featuring piccolo soloist Mindy Kaufman from the New York Philharmonic.

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Back at the JCC in Scotch Plains on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:30, Elefant will begin his lecture series with The Basics to help participants get a solid understanding of music’s main elements.

On Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m., he will move onto The Great Handel, discussing Handel’s unique composing style. Following his discussion on Handel, he will move on to Beethoven’s influence on Tuesday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The Series will end on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. with the lecture Classical or Jazz?  Elefant will examine how jazz has influenced classical music and play examples of classical concepts appearing in jazz.

For more information on all programs, including pricing, visit www.jccnj.org or contact Barbara Weisbart, Adult Enrichment Director, at 908-889-8800 x207 or bweisbart@jccnj.org.

Located at 1391 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains, the JCC of Central New Jersey is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, United Way of Greater Union County and the Westfield United Fund. Financial assistance is available for membership and various programs.