PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will take inspiration and return it to the audience with its first concert of the new season on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield. The performance will begin at 3:00 p.m., and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles, as well as its Flute Choir.  Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted at the door. 

Conducted by Artistic Director Warren Cohen, NJIO’s Symphony Orchestra will perform the incredible Cello Concerto by Samuel Barber, with Bethany Bobbs as the soloist. While not as commonplace in the repertoire as other Barber works, like his Adagio for Strings or his Violin Concerto, the Cello Concerto stands out as a physically demanding but immensely rewarding piece to both perform and experience. The piece won Barber the New York Music Critics Circle Award in 1947 but has been performed only a handful of times since due to its technical intricacies. 

NJIO’s Symphony will also perform Robert Schumann’s marvelous Symphony No. 4, as well as Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, or The Dance of the Hours, a piece made famous by its appearance in Disney’s Fantasia. The latter will be performed with guest conductor Lloyd Peterson, who won the right to conduct Symphony as a prize at our 25th Anniversary gala.  Intermezzo Orchestra will be performing Franz Schubert’s March Militaire along with selections from Ludwig van Beethoven’s German Dances.

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The concert will begin with NJIO’S Prelude Ensemble’s performance, under the direction of Beth Maliszewski, and NJIO’s Flute Choir’s will perform at intermission.

Concert Details
November 10, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
Free Admission

NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and concerts are accessible to all. For more information regarding the Open House rehearsals, the concert, or NJIO as an organization, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691,, or visit NJIO’s website at or follow us on Facebook.

NJIO, now in its 26th season, has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance. Not only do the members aged 8 to 80 play together, but they also mentor one another. In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, NJIO has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, and was a finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. NJIO welcomes new members of all ages and abilities each concert period to one of its several orchestras - no auditions needed! 

This program is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.