Fall Concert 2015 (Archived)


Concert Season Debuts with Color, Drama and Beethoven


Plainfield – New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) debuts its season in Plainfield with a dramatic program, titled “From Tragedy to Triumph,” on Sunday, November 15th at 3:00 PM in the resonant and historic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. Admission is free. Savor the music of NJIO’s Intermezzo and Symphony Orchestras. Admire the musicality of talented 13-year-old Heechan Ku, a winner of NJIO’s annual Young Artists Concerto Competition as he performs Lalo’s virtuosic Cello Concerto.

NJIO’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Warren Cohen, will play intense pieces by Beethoven, Kalinnikov, and Lalo. The Beethoven Coriolan Overture is a dramatic and terse work that suggests the tragic outcome of its story. Vasily Kalinnikov’s 1st Symphony is a brilliantly melodic score in the best Russian tradition, where memories of Borodin and Tchaikovsky are wedded to a wholly original harmonic imagination. The orchestra will accompany cellist Heechan Ku, a NJIO’s Young Artists Concerto Competition Winner, on the Lalo Cello Concerto, a colorful compendium of glittering orchestration, virtuoso cello figuration and clever, memorable melodies.

The Intermezzo Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Davies, will play “Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee,” the beautiful motet by Brahms. The orchestra will also perform five Schubert waltzes, orchestrated by Graham Cohen, an award-winning composer, violist and coach in NJIO.

Our cello soloist, eighth-grader Heechan (Alex) Ku began playing the cello at the age of 8. He attends Tenafly Middle School and began studying at Juilliard Pre-College in New York City this September. Mr. Ku has won many prizes, including First Place in the International Grande Music Competition. He has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall. The 13-year-old cellist currently studies with Clara Kim.

To view our fall concert poster, click here.

Concert Information
Sunday November 15, 2015 at 3 pm
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave, Plainfield, NJ
Free Admission