Orchestra Announces Free Concert

SUMMIT—The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) will hold its free Young People’s Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Oak Knoll School, 44 Blackburn Road, in Summit.  Guest artists are classical guitarist Anton Del Forno and violinist Yuji Sugimoto, the second place winner of NJIO’s 2009 Young Artist Baroque Concerto Competition.

“We are pleased to have two such accomplished musicians featured in our Young People’s Concert,” said Len Avdey, president of NJIO’s Board of Directors.  “They represent NJIO’s dedication to bringing the finest classical music to our audiences and demonstrate how musical expression is a lifelong experience.”


Among the selected works slated for the Young People’s Concert will be the Zampa Overture by Louis Herold, St. Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst, Concerto No. 2 in E major, “La primavera” (Spring) by Antonio Vivaldi with soloist Yuji Sugimoto, Andantino Expressivo, written and with a solo performance by Anton Del Forno, and the Poet and Peasant Overture by Fran von Suppe.

Born in New Jersey, Anton Del Forno started with the electric guitar, initially enjoying a successful career as a pop musician.   Realizing the tremendous potential of the classical guitar, he decided to switch to classical music and studied at Mannes College of Music in New York, launching a long and distinguished career as a classical guitarist.

He has played extensively on radio and television programs, and his stage work includes an acclaimed performance as solo guitarist in the Joffrey Ballet “Viva Vivaldi” production.   Del Forno’s compositions for guitar can be heard on his Del Forno Plays Del Forno CD, which includes a variety of guitar pieces.  Also a dedicated teacher, Del Forno is the founder of the guitar department at St. John’s University in New York.

A seventh grader at New Providence Middle School in New Providence, Yuji Sugimoto began his violin studies at the age of four in Japan and currently studies with Elzbieta Winnicki of the Judith G. Wharton Music Center.   Sugimoto won second prize at the Goldblatt Scholarship Competition Junior Division in 2009.  In addition, he is a three-time winner at the Golden Key Music Festival and has performed at Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall.

He has been a member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony for four years and served as the principal of Philharmonia in the 2008 – 2009 Season; he has also joined the NJ Regional II Intermediate String Orchestra
For NJIO’s 2009 Young Artist Baroque Concerto Competition, competition musicians were required to play one movement of a Baroque concerto by memory, which had to be selected from the standard Baroque orchestral repertoire. Sugimoto captured Second Place and the guest violinist role in the 2009 Young People’s Concert.

First Place Winner was violinist Allegra Whiting, a seventh grader at Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell.  Whiting will perform at NJIO’s Spring Concert on April 24, 2010, which is also free of charge.

Founded in 1994, the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra is a unique organization, where, according to Joe Gluck, NJIO’s music director and conductor, “people can make music an integral part of their lives from childhood through adulthood.  NJIO seeks to blend a vision of artistic excellence with a strong educational component, setting high artistic goals and welcoming musicians with a range of ages and skill levels.”

NJIO performs several times a year in the Union County area.  For more information or to join the orchestra, visit the NJIO Web site (www.njio.org), or contact Elizabeth Nowik at info@njio.org or at 1-908-603-7691

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