Fall Concert 2017 (Archived)


NJIO Opens Season with “From the European Countryside” Concert on Sunday, November 12 in Plainfield


Plainfield – Audience members and musicians alike will revel in the sounds of astounding pieces of music that hail “From the European Countryside” in the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s first performance of the new season on Sunday, November 12th.  The performance will begin at 3:00PM at the beautiful Neo-Gothic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in downtown Plainfield, and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles.  Our featured soloist will be the winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition, violinist Daniel Seog.  Admission is free.

Sixteen-year-old violinist Daniel Seog started the violin and piano at the age of 4 and is a sophomore at Tenafly High School, NJ.  He began his violin studies with Khullip Jeung and was a member of the honors program at the preparatory division of the Mannes School of Music from 2013-2015.  Among Daniel’s many achievements are prizes in numerous competitions and invitations to prestigious festivals across the Northeast.  He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Lincoln Center on numerous occasions.  In 2011-2013, he was the concertmaster of the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra and had the opportunity to perform with Alan Gilbert and members of the New York Philharmonic.  Daniel is also the principal second violinist of the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, where he is a student of Dr. Ann Seltzer.  In the fall of 2016, Daniel joined the “Back to BACH” project, a project which gives performances in elementary schools across the nation with the hopes of helping young children discover a passion for music.

NJIO’s Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Warren Cohen, will begin with a performance of the 4th and 5th Hungarian Dances by composer Johannes Brahms, whose works heavily influenced the Romantic genre of mid-1800’s music.  The orchestra will then perform the beloved Violin Concerto in D Major by Tchaikovsky, with Daniel Seog as soloist.  The concerto was written on the shores of Lake Geneva and was inspired by Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, making it truly a piece from the European countryside.  Finally, the Symphony Orchestra will give a stunning rendition of the “Pastorale” Sixth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the composer’s few thematically-inspired works and an absolutely mesmerizing piece to behold.

NJIO’s Intermezzo Orchestra will continue in the spirit of Brahms with a performance of his Hungarian Dance No.6, an absolute delight filled with the charm of the Old World and central Europe.  The orchestra will also perform Johann Christian Bach’s Sinfonia in D Major.  J.C. Bach, although not performed as much nowadays, was a major inspiration for Mozart’s budding career and was the source of the young composer’s early arrangements.  

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 church lobby, and don’t miss the Flute Choir’s performance during Intermission in the lobby!

To view our fall concert poster, click here.

Concert Details
November 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave, Plainfield
Free Admission