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WQXR's Forrest to Host NJ Intergenerational Orchestra Concert November 24

Elliott Forrest
The instrument "petting zoo".
Zachary Mowitz

SUMMIT, NJ - The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) will perform Just So Stories and Carnival of the Animals in the Orchestra’s 2013 Family Concert, at Summit High School Nov. 24, at 3 p.m.  

WQXR’s Elliott Forrest will serve as narrator for both of these works. In addition to conducting his original composition Just So Stories, a musical retelling of the Rudyard Kipling book, Conductor Warren Cohen will lead the orchestra in the Overture to Erich Korngold’s pantomime-ballet, The Snowman, which the child prodigy wrote at age 11.  

The program continues with selections from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s sparkling opera, Achante et Céphise, written in 1751 to celebrate the birth of the Duke of Burgundy, brother of King Louis XVI. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, features the outstanding 17-year old cellist, Zachary Mowitz, NJIO’s Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner. Under the direction of Gavin Davies, NJIO’s Intermezzo orchestra will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals.

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Heard locally on WQXR and WNYC, broadcaster and producer Elliott Forrest is also followed nationally as the host of concerts by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Jerusalem Symphony and the award-winning podcasts of the New York Philharmonic. He is a recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award and two Excellence in Broadcasting Awards.

The talented Zachary Mowitz, a senior at Princeton High School, infuses his lovely tone in a colorful rendition of the Tchaikovsky work.  Mowitz studies jointly at Juilliard Pre-College, and with a cellist from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  He has performed as a soloist numerous times with orchestras in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the Monmouth and Summit Symphonies, the Newton Chamber Orchestra and the Bravura Philharmonic, among others. 

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra is celebrating its 20th anniversary season this year.  Under Artistic Director Warren Cohen, NJIO welcomes musicians of all ages and skill levels, as they learn orchestral music side by side with professionals.  As a finalist for the 2013 Eisner Prize, NJIO has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical excellence and as a model for intergenerational orchestras across the country.  Not only do the intergenerational members play together, but they also mentor each other.  Recently, NJIO was invited to play at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. in conjunction with a national conference on intergenerational policies and programs.

NJIO Family Concerts are designed for children and their families, providing an opportunity for families to spend quality time together while enjoying popular classical music.  A fun and free activity after the concert is the instrument petting zoo, where kids can discover their “inner musician” by trying out child-sized orchestral instruments with the assistance of orchestra musicians. This event is sponsored by K & S Music.

Concert admission is free, and for more information regarding the event, contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691, or

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