BERKELEY HEIGHTS—The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s (NJIO) year-end Open House will be held on Thursday, April 29 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Wharton Music Center, 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. Refreshments will be served. Entertainment will be provided by the acclaimed WindSync ensemble. There will be no charge and the public is invited.
A young, fresh, and energetic ensemble, WindSync uses standard and contemporary chamber repertoire as a vehicle to explore new audiences and venues for classical music. The ensemble members comprise different backgrounds, coming from the United States, Portugal and Canada, and include Garrett Hudson (flute), Freddie Blood (oboe), Carlos Cordeiro (clarinet), Tracy Jacobson (bassoon) and Nick Wolny (horn).
WindSync is committed to educational enrichment performances, including Houston public schools and presenting outreach concerts in collaboration with the Just For U Music Program (J.U.M.P.!) at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Current confirmed performance engagements include a choreographed presentation of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, full recital programs at the Shepherd School of Music and concerts for the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, the Houston Jewish Community Center, Te’s House of Tea in Montrose, Hope Stone Dance Studio, MD Andersen Childrens Hospital and “Arts for Autism.” Future projects include national competitions and international concert engagements in Portugal and Canada.
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 Wharton Music Center.
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