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Friday, November 13, 2015

Free concert at Crescent Sunday

The NJ Intergenerational Orchestra presents a free concert
Sunday afternoon at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

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 at 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.

About NJIO

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, now in its 22nd season, has been recognized as a national 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. 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!

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

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by a HEART Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Funding is also provided by The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, The Merck Foundation, The Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund, the Plainfield Foundation, Investors Foundation and The Stanmdish Foundation.

At Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Watchung Avenue at East 7th Street. Parking in the church lot on First Place, on the street, or in Swain Galleries lot.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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