Elizabeth High School Students To Perform Side-By-Side With Orchestra

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ELIZABETH – The Elizabeth High School Instrumental Band will perform with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) in a special performance at the district’s Dunn Sports Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The performance, part of the NJSO’s Concerts for Young People series, is one of the orchestra’s “side-by-side” concerts which feature student musicians performing alongside the members of the professional orchestra.  The program is entitled “The Hero’s Journey” and highlights musical depictions from classical and modern composers.


The Elizabeth High School Instrumental Band will rehearse with the NJSO Education and Community Engagement Conductor Jeffery Grogan, where they will participate in a dress rehearsal with the full orchestra prior to the 50-minute performance.  Elizabeth High School Orchestra Director Shakura Ismail and Co-Director of Bands Wayne Dillon will also be on hand to assist in the rehearsal.

The music of “The Hero’s Journey” focuses on the theme of heroism as a way to demonstrate the epic power of symphonic music.  Student attendees will hear excerpts from classical masterpieces by Beethoven, Mozart and Verdi alongside 20th-century compositions ranging from the American mythology of Copland to the sweeping scores of contemporary film classics.

The program features six selections: music from John William’s Star Wars and Klaus Badelt’s Pirates of the Caribbean film scores, along with Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco overture, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s third-movement Menuetto from Symphony No. 41, Aaron Coplands’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Ludwig van Beethoven’s first-movement Allegro Con Brio from Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” (“Heroic”).

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