NJIO Free Concert April 24th Features Talented 12-Year-Old Musician

NJIO’s featured soloist, cellist Allegra Whiting

SUMMIT—After two big concert successes this season at venues in Madison and the Oak Knoll School, the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will present its free spring concert Saturday, April 24, at Summit High School.
NJIO director Joe Gluck will conduct the symphony’s accompaniment of guest soloist Allegra Whiting, 12 years old, in Jean-Baptiste Bréval’s Concerto No. 2 in D Major for Cello.  A seventh grader at Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell, Miss Whiting was winner of NJIO’s Young Artists Baroque Concerto Competition last fall.


Whiting began studying cello with Marnie Kaller at the age of 5.  In the winter of 2009, she was chosen by audition to play in a public master class for the British cellist Steven Isserlis.  That same winter she participated in a workshop and performance of the Bach Goldberg Variations with American cellist Matt Haimovitz.  NJIO director Gluck, when he first heard her play, said, “this girl has a wonderful, bright future.”

In the spring of 2009, Whiting performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as a winner of the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition.  This past summer she was named winner of the String Division of the Florence Boughton Competition for Young Artists, sponsored by the MacDowell Club of Mountain Lakes.  She is currently in her third year as a member of New Jersey Youth Symphony.

For the last two summers, Whiting attended Kinhaven Music Camp in Vermont where she was immersed in chamber music.  Additionally, she currently participates in her school’s orchestra and has done so for the past four years.  To complete her young musical callings, Whiting also plays the flute and is a member of her school band as well as chorus.  And she is a Cadet Girl Scout, enjoys skiing and traveling, and plays on her school’s travel softball team.

“Her talents and charm astound all who meet her”, remarked NJIO president Len Avdey, after Whiting was declared winner of his organization’s baroque competition.

NJIO musical director Joe Gluck

NJIO’s Spring Concert on April 24, commences 7:30 p.m. at the Summit High School, 125 Kent Place Blvd. in Summit.  There’s ample free parking.
The program performed by the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s symphony, under Gluck’s baton, will be Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony; Edward Elgar’s Nimrod from Enigma Variations; Jean-Baptiste Breval’s  Concerto No. 2 in D major for Cello (with soloist Allegra Whiting); and  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov’s Procession of the Sardar.

NJIO’s Nouveau Orchestra will also perform several short pieces for string ensemble, under the direction of Gavin Davies.

At the April 24 free concert in Summit, donations will be accepted and will go to support all of NJIO’s intergenerational, orchestral training activities.  This performance is sponsored by Tokio Marine Management, Inc.  NJIO’s programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Summit High School and its concert hall have handicapped access. Large print programs will be available.

NJIO’s Year-end Open House Party, free for the entire public, will be held April 29.  Free snacks and refreshments will be served at this Thursday evening event, 7 to 9, at the Wharton Music Center, 60 Locust Ave. in Berkeley Heights.  Entertainment and a discourse will be provided by the acclaimed WindSync ensemble, whose program will be classical woodwind repertoire with an innovative twist that engages and enthralls audiences of all ages.

Founded in 1994, NJIO has a full symphony, an intermediate string orchestra, and an outreach string chamber ensemble.  NJIO’s goal is to “bridge the generations through music.”  The current ensembles include musicians from 6 years of age through 80, at all skill levels from amateur through professional performer.  Mentoring within each instrumental section is a unique feature of the organization.  Its summer string chamber music workshop will continue in June 2010, at the Judith Wharton Music Center in Berkeley Heights.

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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