Intergenerational Orchestra To Feature String Quintet At Feb. 21 Free Concert

MADISON—The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO), which drew a standing-room-only audience at its November concert in Summit, will present a Winter Concert in Madison on Sunday, February 21.  The free event, open to the general public, will feature a string quintet performing Antonio Vivaldi’s captivating Concerto for Four Violins and Cello in B minor.

The featured quintet musicians will be NJIO’s music director Joe Gluck, concertmaster Kathleen Derbyshire, Larisa Spitzer, teen violinist Daphne Jiang, and NJIO’s principal cellist Martin Steinberg.  What makes the quintet unique is that it features three generations of teachers and students.  Joe Gluck was Derbyshire’s private violin teacher for many years before she studied at New England Conservatory of Music. Daphne Jiang is a student at Madison Junior School and has performed under the baton of Derbyshire, who is now a music teacher and director of that school’s Junior Orchestra.

Gluck is a former member of the New Jersey Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony.  He currently serves as concertmaster for numerous New Jersey organizations and conductor of the Stirling Chamber Orchestra.  At a recent January rehearsal, he told his NJIO symphony, made up of young and old musicians, “The quintet that will be performing this beautiful Vivaldi concerto with you in Madison, is an intergenerational ensemble that you all should admire.  We’re playing a difficult piece, and years of study and practice in school and with private teachers are what bring a musician to the highest levels of achievement.”

NJIO’s Winter Concert starts at 3:00 pm and will be held at the Madison Junior School, 160 Main Street (Route 124), in Madison.  It will honor the music educators in Madison and the city’s public school music education programs.

The program performed by the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s symphony, in addition to its accompanying the quintet, will be Franz von Suppe’s Overture to Poet and Peasant; Edvard Grieg’s Wedding Day at Troldhaugen; Edward Elgar’s Nimrod from Enigma Variations; and Charles-Camille Saint-Saens’ Dance Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah.  These works will be directed by Gluck.

NJIO’s Nouveau Orchestra under the direction of Gavin Davies will play an arrangement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5 and Sahara Crossing, a work by Richard Meyer which evokes pictures of a desert caravan.
Donations will be accepted at this free concert and will go to support both NJIO and the public school music education programs in Madison.

For more information or to join the orchestra, visit the NJIO Web site ( or contact Elizabeth Nowik at or at 908-603-7691.

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