New Jersey Festival Orchestra

Address

Suite 6
224 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
County: Union
http://www.njfestivalorchestra.org

Contact

Ms. Linda Doyle

Grant Amount

$20,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

To support NJFO's work as a regional arts organization serving multiple counties through presentations, education, outreach and mentoring.

Organization Background

The New Jersey Festival Orchestra (NJFO) is one of New Jersey's premiere fully professional regional symphonies. The NJFO's mission is to promote the world's legacy of symphonic and operatic music to audiences, involving them in this rich heritage through a diversity of professional musical experiences, including performance, education and mentoring.

Furthermore the NJFO's mission encompasses initiatives facilitating performances for the physically and mentally disadvantaged, as well as economically disadvantaged areas of New Jersey, with the goal of enhancing the meaningfulness of life, spiritual and cultural awareness, and the participation in the life of their communities otherwise limited by their condition. The NJFO's goals also include a major commitment to new American works through commissioning, world premieres, and performance of American 20th and 21st Century composition.

Currently under the leadership of Maestro David Wroe, who became Music Director in 1997, the NJFO is viewed as one of the cultural jewels of NJ. The NJFO has twice appeared at Carnegie Hall, accompanied such renowned artists as Leon Fleisher, Earl Wild, Shlomo Mintz, and Eugene Istomin, collaborated with New York City Opera, and presented 20 world premieres of contemporary music as well as performances as pillars of symphonic and operatic repertoire. It returned to Carnegie Hall in 2007 in collaboration with the Raul Wallenberg Foundation and the United Nations under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor. 2006 also saw the inaugural concerts of SOPAC Virtuosi, NJFO's chamber symphony resident at South Orange Performing Arts Center in NJ.

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