Check Out the Press Release for March 5 Concert “Circle of Dvorak”


Press Release

For Immediate Release


NJIO Will Sweep You Away with “Circle of Dvorak” Concert on Sunday, March 5 in Morristown



Morristown – Audience goers will be moved by the romanticism of “Circle of Dvorak” at New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s winter concert on March 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the College of Saint Elizabeth.  All four of NJIO’s groups (two full orchestras, a string ensemble, and a flute choir) will perform, each consisting of amateur and professional musicians from age 5 to 85.  Admission is free.


NJIO’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Maestro Warren Cohen, will begin with “Ballade in A minor” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a British composer who was the first classical composer of African descent to rise to prominence.  “Ballade” was commissioned for the 1898 Three Choirs Festival at the suggestion of Edward Elgar, who saw promise in the then-little known composer.  Symphony Orchestra will also perform Antonin Dvorak’s glorious Symphony No. 6, a pastoral symphony reminiscent of Brahms’s second symphony.  Dvorak, a Czech composer known for weaving folk rhythms from his native Bohemia into his compositions, became internationally renowned because of this symphony.


NJIO’s Intermezzo Orchestra, led by Brian McGowan, will also perform a work by Dvorak, his Slavonic Dance No. 4.  This dance is one of sixteen that were originally composed for two pianos, and the work as a whole is one for which Dvorak is best known, embodying his lively folk rhythms.  Intermezzo will then play a rendition of Swan Hennessy’s “Two Pieces for Orchestra,” arranged by NJIO’s own Graham Cohen, who also plays and coaches violin and viola in NJIO.  Hennessy was an Irish-American composer of late-Romantic music, making this piece a fitting addition to a romantic concert.


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, in the lobby.  During Intermission, NJIO’s newly formed Flute Choir will perform selections.


Concert Details

March 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

College of Saint Elizabeth

2 Convent Road, Morristown

Free Admission


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


About NJIO

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, now in its 23rd 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 been invited to perform 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!  The next Open House rehearsals for NJIO will be March 16 and 23, 2017 – all are welcome!


This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Funding is also provided by Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, Investors Foundation, Northern New Jersey Musicians’ Guild – Local 16-248 of American Federation of Musicians, Lillian Schenck Foundation, Shilling Family Foundation, Ltd, Standish Foundation, Henry S. and Agnes M. Truzack Foundation, and Turrell Fund.


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