The College of Saint Elizabeth’s Dolan Performance Hall is the site of the season finale for the New Philharmonic of NJ and the Westfield Symphony Orchestra (WSO). The orchestras join forces to present Music in Motion, a dance performance and concert that is part of the Musica Morristown series, at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. Featuring a unique collaboration with the Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble, this fast moving concert celebrates the genius of gesture and sound to capture the hearts of both dance and music enthusiasts of all ages.
Music in Motion takes the audience on a tour of a variety of dance forms as the world-class dancers from Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble, each with their own moods, moves and rhythms, perform duets and group numbers that have passion, power and perfection, bringing alive in their own inimitable way, masterpieces by Mahler and JS Bach from the classical orchestral repertoire as well as newly commissioned music by Nana Simopoulos and soul favorites from Aretha Franklin.
The concert opens with an orchestral presentation of Dvorak’s charming and joyful “Serenade for Strings,” a light-hearted composition infused with the spirit of dance that celebrates the strings as instruments capable of beautiful lyricism and animation. Continuing the dance mood, the orchestra will round off the evening’s motion with Beethoven’s Symphony No.4, an energetic homage to the masters of the past generation, yet with a forward momentum, right to the last note.
Says WSO Music Director Maestro David Wroe, “Prepare to be moved! Music in Motion is a spectacular and unprecedented visual and musical collaboration celebrating the genius of gesture and sound. It is a fitting and exciting finale for Musica Morristown’s inaugural festival series, and we will be back next season with more thrilling partnerships and offerings.”
The Musica Morristown season finale concert Music in Motion has been made possible in part by funding from The NJ State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Jerome and Helene Dreskin Foundation.
For tickets, priced between $25-$50, call 973-408-3978. A free pre-concert lecture conducted by musicologist Dr. Barbara Thomson, with special guest composer Nana Simopoulos, will take place at 4:15 p.m.
For further information, go to www.npnj.org.