Elizabeth Students Perform Side-By-Side With Professional Orchestra

ELIZABETH – The Elizabeth High School’s Band and String Orchestra will perform with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) in a special concert on Wednesday, Nov. 16. 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 members of the professional orchestra.

The program is entitled “Athletes of the Orchestra” and highlights all of the “players” of an orchestra as the theme explores the value of teamwork in both music and sports.

Under the direction of NJSO Education and Community Engagement Conductor Jeffrey Grogan, the high school’s band and string orchestra will perform with the NJSO orchestra in a dress rehearsal prior to the fifty-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.

Elizabeth High School student musicians will perform Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain on stage with the professional orchestra. The concert program will feature music from William’s Olympic Fanfare and Theme, Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Von Tilzer’s classic Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Gounod’s Petite Symphony, Arnaud’s Olympic Fanfare, Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday, and excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade.

This November performance marks the seventh annual side-by-side concert the NJSO has held with Elizabeth High School.

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