SUMMIT, NJ - The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, featuring New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's Associate Concertmaster Brennan Sweet as guest artist, will perform a free concert May 7. at 3 p.m., at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School.
The orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Maestro Warren Cohen, will be performing Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 1, Respighi’s Church Windows, and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, featuring soloist Brennan Sweet.
The Leonore Overture No. 1 is one of four overtures that Beethoven composed for his only opera, Fidelio. Respighi’s Vetrate di Chiesa -- or Church Windows -- was written during a prolific period, three years after his famous Pines of Rome. Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2 was dedicated to the famous Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate.
NJIO’s Intermezzo Orchestra, led by Brian McGowan, will also perform a Respighi composition, Ancient Airs and Dances No. 1, as well as Boyce’s Symphony No. 4. Composed ten years prior to Church Windows, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances No. 1 is based on Renaissance lute pieces by the father of Galileo Galilei and other composers, inspired by Respighi’s interest in musicology and early Italian music. William Boyce’s Symphony No. 2 is one of eight symphonies composed by this 18th Century organist, whose works are rarely performed today.
Thirty minutes prior to the concert, a short serenade will performed in the lobby by NJIO’s Prelude Ensemble, led by conductor Robert Anderson. During Intermission, NJIO’s newly formed Flute Choir, led by Alissa Delgado, will perform selections.
Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School is located at 272 Morris Avenue in Summit.