Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Photo 3 – Concert poster

Dancing to a New Beat

WHEN: May 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Summit High School , 125 Kent Place Blvd, Summit

Photo 1 – Guitarist Joel Perry performs Rodrigo’s Concierto de AranjuezMusicians and audience members alike will be “Dancing to a New Beat” at New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s concert.  The concert features noted guitarist, Joel Perry, performing the hauntingly beautiful guitar Concierto de Aranjuez by Spanish composer Rodrigo in a program that includes lively music from Russian to Romania and back to the Latino rhythms of Cuba. All three NJIO ensembles and orchestras will perform, each consisting of amateur and professional musicians of all ages.  

Joel Perry, a highly esteemed guitarist, has performed in over fifteen countries and in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The Rainbow Room.  He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Jazz Educators, Music Educators National Conference, and American Choral Directors Association.

Photo 2 - Maestro Cohen conducts the NJIO Symphony OrchestraNJIO’s Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Warren Cohen, will begin the program with Sergei Prokofiev’s Sinfonietta, a rarely performed work that is light in character while infusing Prokofiev’s typical harmonic twists. The program continues with the Concierto de Aranjuez by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, a work inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez that evokes the sounds of nature, transporting listeners to another place and time. The concert comes to a dramatic close with Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2.  This exciting expression of the Cuban dance style “Danzón” propelled Gustavo Dudamel onto the world stage and made this work popular, when he performed it with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.

NJIO’s Intermezzo Orchestra will perform Béla Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances and William Boyce’s Symphony No. 1.  The gypsy violinists that Bartók heard while traveling through Transylvania inspired the Romanian Folk Dances.  While best known for his sacred music, English composer Boyce bridged the transition between Baroque and Classical Eras.

Be sure to arrive to the concert half an hour early to enjoy a short, but delightful serenade by NJIO’s Prelude Ensemble, led by conductor Robert Anderson.

NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and concerts are accessible to all.  Please contact Mary Beth Sweet, or (908) 603-7691, for more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services or visit NJIO’s website or Facebook page.

About NJIO
New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, now in its 22nd season, has been nationally recognized as a leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance and as a model for intergenerational orchestras across the country.  Not only do the intergenerational members play together, but they also mentor each other.  In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, NJIO has performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., 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!  Be on the lookout for announcements about our summer programming!

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Funding is also provided by Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, Merck Foundation, Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund, Investors Foundation and Standish Foundation.