SUMMIT, NJ -- The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will bring concertgoers back to a simpler time with their concert, “The Spirit of 1850,” on Sunday, May 6th at the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School.  The performance will begin at 3:00 pm, 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.

NJIO’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Warren Cohen, will be performing the monumental Symphony #1 by Camille Saint-Saens.  While not as well known as his other works, including the Organ Symphony and The Carnival of the Animals, the piece includes trademark elements of the French composer’s dazzling musicality and breadth of scope.  The symphony captured the spirit of the rise in French nationalism and the military might of Napoleon III, with augmented percussion sections and military fanfares.  The work earned him both numerous awards as well as recognition for his talent from, amongst others, composers Hector Berlioz and Franz Liszt. 

NJIO’s Symphony will also perform the delightful Overture to Pique Dame by Franz Von Suppe and the melancholy Reverie for Horn by Alexander Glazunov, with Lisa Nettleship performing.  Intermezzo Orchestra will be performing Les Indes Galantes by Rameau and Rhosymedre by Vaughan Williams.  Be sure to arrive half an hour early to catch Prelude Ensemble’s performance in the lobby, and Flute Choir’s performance at intermission!

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Concert Details
May 6, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Summit Middle School
272 Morris Ave, Summit
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 or Facebook.

About NJIO
NJIO, now in its 24th 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.