Saturday, November 8, 2014


Conductor Warren Cohen elicits musical energy from the musicians


WHEN: Sunday November 16, at 3 PM
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue in Plainfield
Plentiful parking in Church lot (Entrance on 1ST Place - connected to church by walkway)
For more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at 908.603.7691 or

The award-winning New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) explores the transformative abilities of the Music of Motion: Dances, during its 2014-2015 concert season.  Music and Dance have the ability to tell stories without words. Dances of the Spirit, NJIO’s opening concert of the season, engages your senses in a zestful journey exploring both well-known dances and some less familiar, but beautiful works.

Artistic Director Warren Cohen will conduct the orchestra in a performance of the Ritual Fire Dance from the ballet El Amor Brujo, which was commissioned by a renowned flamenco dancer Pastora Imperio, as a gitaneria, or gypsy music. The program also includes the lively Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, which presents varied musical themes and concludes with the famous Can-Can. The orchestra will also perform the delicate, Concertino pour Flûte, whose melody and intriguing harmonies represent a distinctly late 19th century French sensibility.  This piece features the 11th grade award winner of the NJIO concerto competition, flutist Serena Huang.  Ms Huang, a Juilliard Pre-College and Montville Township High School student, has been the recipient of many awards including the gold winner at the National League of Performing Arts Showcase Competition. Intermezzo conductor Gavin Davies continues the concert with several favorites including Hungarian Dance No. 5, Norwegian Dance No. 2 and the familiar Renaissance piece, Ancient Airs and Dances

An Intergenerational PartnershipAbout NJIO
NJIO bridges the generations through music and brings artistic excellence to our communities by presenting concerts at several different venues as well as many outreach performances at senior and health care facilities. A finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, NJIO is recognized across the country as a model for intergenerational programming, NJIO provides education and performance opportunities for people of all ages that would like to be part of an orchestra or ensemble. Our members are friends, families and individuals of all abilities, who range in age from 6 to 86. NJIO members learn side by side with experienced players and professional musicians who mentor their fellow performers. NJIO is committed to ensuring that all programs and concerts are accessible to everyone.