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No Rehearsal Today! Thu. 1/4/18

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A message from our Administrator:

 

Greetings NJIO Families,

Due to the snow and wind, there will be no NJIO rehearsal today (Thursday, January 4th, 2018) for any ensembles.

Please stay safe and warm and, if you find yourself with extra time on your hands, look over your music for the Winter Concert!  It is all posted on the website.

Just a reminder that there is a scheduled Snow Makeup Rehearsal on the calendar for Sunday evening, February 11th which may be used at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

Enjoy your snow day!

-Mary Beth

Mary Beth Sweet

Administrator

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra

The Arts Alive Combined Schools Program is Performing With Us!

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Arts Alive, performing at the Sydney Conservatorium

 

Australian Ensemble Arts Alive Performs with NJIO in New Providence on December 17th

New Providence – Australian high school ensemble Arts Alive Combined Schools Program will perform alongside the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra in the orchestra’s annual Family Holiday Concert.  The concert will begin at 3:00PM on December 17th at New Providence High School.   

The Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Program is comprised of some of the most talented young musicians from various public schools in the Northern and Western Sydney areas.  Together with their conductor, James Hill, the group has had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious events and concerts, including an annual performance at both Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall.  The band provides extension for talented public school musicians that are accepted into the program through annual auditions.

In April 2013, many of the members of Arts Alive participated in a two-week band tour to China.  The band performed at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, on the Great Wall, and visited secondary schools in Xi’an and Shenzhen, where they held a number combined performances.  In September 2015, students participated in a European tour to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Germany.  The students are looking forward to touring the USA in December this year.  In addition to the Family Holiday Concert with NJIO, Arts Alive! will be making a recording in Disneyland participating in workshops hosted by the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago.  

The Arts Alive Combined Schools Program

The AACSB is a program offered to students attending public schools.  They are part of a program run by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities and fall under the banner of the Arts in Education.  The aim of the program is for students involved in school band programs to develop their skills beyond their school experience, and to perform with students of similar abilities from other schools in an extension band program.  There are currently five bands involved in the AACSB program.  Students must audition for the bands each year.  The bands are all led and conducted by James Hill, who has a wealth of experience in bands himself.  

Director James Hill

Be sure to come to the Family Holiday Concert on December 17th at 3:00PM at New Providence High School to see the Arts Alive ensemble perform alongside NJIO!  NJIO’s featured soloist will be the second-place winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition, violinist Eilene Lee.  Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.   

 

Concert Details
December 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
New Providence High School
35 Pioneer Drive, New Providence
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, info@njio.org, or visit NJIO’s website at http://www.njio.org or follow us on 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.

Check Out Our Press Release for Our December 17th Concert!

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NJIO Celebrates Season With a Free Family Concert on Dec. 17 in New Providence

New Providence – The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will continue their 2017-2018 season with their annual Family Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 17th. The performance will begin at 3:00PM at New Providence High School near downtown New Providence, and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles, as well as the special guest, Australian ensemble Arts Alive. NJIO’s featured soloist will be the second-place winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition, violinist Eilene Lee. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

Concertgoers will enjoy a variety of selections that celebrate traditions of the season, including popular works like Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Talented young soloist Eilene Lee will be performing the incredible Violin Concerto #1 by Max Bruch. Children especially will enjoy this delightful concert which includes audience participation on certain holiday favorites. Following the concert, members of the orchestra will host their always-popular “Instrument Petting Zoo,” where kids will have the opportunity to try out a variety of orchestral instruments. Bring the whole family to celebrate the holiday season with music and fun with NJIO!

Eilene Lee, 15, a sophomore at Bergen County Academies, started violin at the age of 5. Eilene has been studying with Yu-Jeong Lee and currently is a student of Naoko Tanaka at The Juilliard School, pre-college division. Eilene has won prizes in several national and international violin competitions. She has participated in several music programs including The Echo Music Festival and School, and The Saarburg International Music Festival and School in Saarburg, Germany. She enjoys playing in many orchestras that include New Jersey Region I Junior High School Orchestra (2015, 2016-Concertmaster), New York Youth Symphony Orchestra (September 2015 to May 2016), and Juilliard Pre-college Symphony (2016 – current). She also volunteers at various charitable events with her chamber group and the Good Neighbor Ensemble.

The Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Program comprises some of the most talented young musicians from various public schools in the Northern and Western Sydney areas. Together with their conductor, James Hill, the group has had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious events and concerts, including an annual performance at both Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall.

Be sure to arrive to the concert a half hour early to enjoy a short yet delightful performance by NJIO’s Prelude Ensemble, led by conductor Robert Anderson, in the lobby, as well as a performance by our Flute Choir at intermission!

Concert Details
December 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
New Providence High School
35 Pioneer Drive, New Providence
Free Admission, donations gratefully accepted

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, info@njio.org, or visit NJIO’s website at http://www.njio.org or follow us on 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.

 

Soloist Eilene Lee

Director James Hill and Arts Alive at the Sydney Conservatorium

 

 

There’s Still Time to Join!

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Did you miss NJIO’s Open House rehearsals, but are still interested in joining?  Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to join for the Fall Concert period!

Starting with Fall 2017 registration, everyone will need to complete their registration forms online.  You will have the option to pay by Credit Card or by Check.  There will be a convenience fee of $5-$10 added to your transaction if you pay by Credit Card (amount is determined by size of the transaction). 

If you need assistance in filling out the registration form, you can drop by NJIO and use our computer with Mary Beth’s assistance.   Please email or call Mary Beth to make sure she will be in the office at the time you wish to come by.

To register now, go to www.njio.org  and click on JOIN (tab across top), and Membership Registration Form (second item in the drop down menu).  Follow the instructions.

Prelude Ensemble, an ensemble intended for beginning strings, rehearses 4:30-5:30 pm. Intermezzo Orchestra, an intermediate-level full symphony orchestra (strings, winds, brass, and percussion), rehearses from 5:45-7:00 pm and Symphony Orchestra, the more advanced symphony orchestra, rehearses from 7:15-9:30 pm.

Call our Administrator Mary Beth Sweet, at (908)-603-7691 for more details, or email us at mbsweet@njio.org.

Musicians performing in the Summer Chamber Music workshop.

2017-2018 Program Announced!

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Can’t wait for a new season of fantastic musical programming?  Neither can we!  Here’s a sneak peek at NJIO’s four concert programs this year:

 

Our concert season will kick off in November in Plainfield with folk and pastoral works, including Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and Beethoven’s “Pastorale” Symphony No. 6, as well as NJIO’s Young Artist Concerto Competition winner, Daniel Seog, performing the beautiful Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major.

 

December brings the popular annual Family Holiday Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo, as well as a performance by second place Concerto Competition winner Eilene Lee.

 

NJIO’s winter concert, in February at Summit Middle School, will feature the  NJIO Festival Chorus, accompanying NJIO in a performance of Coleridge-Taylor’s extraordinary Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast.  Also on the program is Smetana’s Moldau, an important expression of Bohemian identity.

 

The final concert of the season in May, also performed in Summit, will include the grand 19th-century works Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 1 and Von Suppe’s Overture to “Pique Dame,” an operetta loosely based on Pushkin’s short story “Queen of Spades.”

 

You won’t want to miss this exciting season!  Invite your friends to our concerts, or invite them to come to our open house rehearsals to play with us!

 

NJIO Online Registration is Now Open!

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Starting with Fall 2017 registration, everyone will need to complete their registration forms online.  You will have the option to pay by Credit Card or by Check.  There will be a convenience fee of $5-$10 added to your transaction if you pay by Credit Card (amount is determined by size of the transaction). 

If you need assistance in filling out the registration form, you can drop by NJIO and use our computer with Mary Beth’s assistance.   Please email or call Mary Beth to make sure she will be in the office at the time you wish to come by.

To register now, go to www.njio.org  and click on JOIN (tab across top), and Membership Registration Form (second item in the drop down menu).  Follow the instructions. 

If you have any questions, contact Mary Beth Sweet at mbsweet@njio.org or (908) 603-7691.

Want to know more about the 2017-2018 season before registering? Check out what’s in store for next year:

  • NJIO kicks off the Summer with two Chamber Music programs in June and July. The small group sessions, four weeks each, will help you discover the power and beauty of creating music in a chamber ensemble.  That is followed by Summer String Studio in August which will reinforce and extend the musical abilities of string players by systematically strengthening their core music knowledge. We will also have one Open Reading Rehearsal this summer – a preview of both some of the Intermezzo and Symphony music we plan to play next year.  Flute Choir also plans to meet over the summer.  Summer programs are open to the community, so bring a friend with you!
  • Another four Concert Season begins in September.  Warren plans for Symphony to start the season off with Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony (Pastorale.)  We hope to end the season with the well-known choral piece by Coleridge-Taylor: Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast.  Works by Saint-Saëns, Smetana, and Brahms are also on the plan.  A Holiday Concert and pieces with two Rising Talent Concerto Competition Winners round out the season.  Intermezzo will continue to play complementary pieces and Prelude and Flute Choir will perform at each concert.
  • Open House rehearsals (bring a friend! bring multiple friends!) are September 14 and September 21.
  • A trip to NJPAC.  Outreach Ensemble has been invited to play before the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concert for the October 12 afternoon performance at the NJPAC lobby.  And the NJSO will be playing Beethoven’s Sixth– sound familiar?  NJIO has arranged for discount tickets to be made available for NJIO members.  Should be fun and a great learning experience!

See you in September!

NJIO Members’ Recital is Sunday, June 4 at 3pm in Basking Ridge

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The long-awaited and much-anticipated 2017 Members’ Recital is this weekend! The recital will be on Sunday, June 4th at 3 pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge (down the street from last year’s Members’ Recital).

We have had performances on nearly every orchestral instrument, mandolins and ukuleles, singers, soloists, groups…you name it! This recital is always a fun afternoon, celebrating the varied talents of NJIO members and their friends and family, and sharing an afternoon of music and refreshments.

The concert is a fundraiser for NJIO, with tickets selling for $25 each. All proceeds support NJIO.

For more information, call Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691 or email info@njio.org.

Keep Up with Your Instrument with NJIO’s Summer Programs

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NJIO’s Brand New Flute Choir Performing During Intermission

 

Press Release

 

New Providence – Summer programs at New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) begin on June 8th with the first of two Chamber Music Workshops.  These workshops provide the perfect opportunity for music students of all ages and abilities to explore the artistry of chamber music while gaining confidence and skills as a musician.  Led by NJIO’s Artistic Director Warren Cohen, this program offers professional chamber coaching in a non-competitive atmosphere.

 

Chamber Music Workshops are open to string, woodwind, brass and piano players.  We encourage both individual musicians and established groups to participate in the workshop.  Whether this is your first chamber music experience, you are an individual that wants to expand your chamber repertoire, or are anxious to explore an ambitious chamber piece with a group of friends, this workshop is for you!

 

Thursday evenings in August, NJIO offers the Summer String Studio.  This studio prepares string musicians in school, youth or community orchestras for the upcoming season with instruction in bowing, rhythmic integrity, sight reading, intonation, and score reading.  It is also great for those who want to improve their musicianship.

 

New this year, NJIO’s summer programming will also include a Flute Choir.  If you love to play flute, or want to gain experience playing your flute in a group, this is the ensemble for you.  The group has all levels of musicianship.

 

Discounts for early registration are available for the June session by May 25, the July session by June 22 and for the August Session by July 20.  Please register online for Chamber Music Workshops at http://njio.org/join/chamber and for Summer String Studio at http://njio.org/join/stringstudio/.  Contact Mary Beth Sweet at info@njio.org     or (908) 603-7691 for more information.

 

Programs are scheduled on Thursdays, 7-9 pm

570 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ

 

Chamber Music Workshop

June Session: June 8, 15, 22, 29

July Session: July 6, 13, 20, 27

 

Summer String Studio:

August 3, 10, 17, 24

 

Flute Choir

New this year! Call NJIO to find out more.

 

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 – no auditions needed!  Be on the lookout for announcements about our upcoming season!

 

NJIO is committed to ensuring that all programs and concerts are accessible to everyone.  For more information or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691info@njio.org, or visit NJIO’s website at http://njio.org or Facebook page.

 

This program is made possible in part by funds from ACMP – The Chamber Music Network.  Funding is also provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

 

Violinists Perform in NJIO’s Prelude Ensemble

Cellists Perform in NJIO Concert

May 23 is the Extended Deadline to Apply for Young Artist Concerto Competition

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Check Out the Press Release for Our May 7 Concert!

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NJ Intergenerational Orchestra Performs with NJSO’s Brennan Sweet on May 7 in Summit

 

New Providence – New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s spring concert will feature renowned guest artist, Brennan Sweet, the Associate Concertmaster of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  Come to this free concert on Sunday, May 7 at 3 pm at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School and be treated to beautiful works by Bruch, Respighi, Beethoven, and more.

 

NJIO’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Maestro Warren Cohen, will be performing Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 1, Respighi’s Church Windows, and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, featuring soloist Brennan Sweet.  The Leonore Overture No. 1 is one of four overtures that Beethoven composed for his only opera, Fidelio.  Respighi’s Vetrate di Chiesa (or Church Windows) was written during a prolific period, three years after his famous Pines of Rome.  Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2 was dedicated to the famous Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate.

 

NJIO’s Intermezzo Orchestra, led by Brian McGowan, will also perform a Respighi composition, Ancient Airs and Dances No. 1, as well as Boyce’s Symphony No. 4.  Composed ten years prior to Church Windows, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances No. 1 is based on Renaissance lute pieces by the father of Galileo Galilei and other composers, inspired by Respighi’s interest in musicology and early Italian music.  William Boyce’s Symphony No. 2 is one of eight symphonies composed by this 18th century organist, whose works are rarely performed today.

 

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 led by Alissa Delgado will perform selections.

 

Spring Concert Details

 

May 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Lawton C. Johnson 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 organization, the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691, info@njio.org, or visit NJIO’s website http://njio.org 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!

 

 

Photo  – Brennan Sweet, Associate Concertmaster of the NJSO, will be NJIO’s guest soloist at the May concert

 


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