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.

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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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