Dancing to a New Beat
May 15, 2016
Dancing to a New Beat
WARREN COHEN Conductor
JOEL PERRY Guitar
NEW JERSEY INTERGENERATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
NEW JERSEY INTERGENERATIONAL INTERMEZZO ORCHESTRA
RODRIGO: Concierto de Aranjuez
MARQUEZ: Danzon No. 2
BOYCE: Symphony in B-flat
BARTOK: Romanian Dances
COME EARLY and listen to NJIO's Prelude Ensemble, under the direction of conductor Robert Anderson.
JOEL PERRY is one of the premier guitarists and musicians of our time. The list of artists he has performed and recorded with is a who’s who of the music world. With an extensive educational background to compliment his performing and recording credentials, he has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (Magna Cum Laude), a Master’s Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Performance. He currently teaches guitar locally at the Wharton Music Center. He is also 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.
Márquez wrote his Danzón No. 2 in 1994, and it quickly became the most performed Mexican work for full orchestra, particularly after it was promoted by the performances of Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel. A colorful and lively work with a series of attractive solos, it shows off both players in the orchestra and orchestra itself. In contrast, the Prokofiev Sinfonietta has been overshadowed by his Classical Symphony, a work of similar character and charm. It has the same high spirits and wit, and was based on music he wrote as a teenager.
Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez is arguably one of the most popular concertos of all time, thanks in no small measure to the extraordinary beauty of its central Adagio. This popularity has perhaps obscured the fact that the concerto is also one of the most original masterpieces of the 20th century. Aranjuez, the summer residence of both the Hapsburgs and the Bourbons, is known for magnificent Royal Palace and gardens they left behind. In much the same way, Spain’s past is remembered by the musical garden that is the Concierto de Aranjuez: Rodrigo compels the Spanish national instrument by allowing its character to be refined and amplified by the orchestra – but not tamed. The Spain of the Concierto de Aranjuez is the guitar’s dream just as much as it is Rodrigo’s.
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