The Discovery Orchestra
About The Discovery Orchestra
Transforming Listening, Enhancing Lives
We believe that listening to classical music and perceiving its many expressive aspects evokes compelling emotional responses within us. These powerful encounters with classical music help us fully experience our own feelings, as well as appreciate those of others – beginning with the composer!
The incessant, 24/7 presence of electronically-reproduced music has trained generations of people to merely hear music as “sonic wallpaper” – a background accompaniment for virtually every activity in our daily lives. As a consequence, people have been conditioned to ignore music, rather than to be completely present with it. To address this, The Discovery Orchestra teaches the listening skills that help people really connect with classical music.
Originally founded in 1987 as the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, The Discovery Orchestra provides listening interactions for all ages, from novices to classical music enthusiasts. Beginning with our first Discovery Concert™ in 1996 and culminating with our mission and name change in 2006, all of our programs are now educational in nature. Artistic Director George Marriner Maull and The Discovery Orchestra have helped literally millions of people be transformed by the dynamic power of classical music through our interactive Discovery Concerts™, public television and radio programs, educational videos, and other digital content. The Discovery Orchestra also presents live and virtual Community Outreach programs in collaboration with our educational partners, reaching underserved audiences in five New Jersey counties.
Since 2003, our televised Discovery Concerts™ – created with our production partner Midnight Media Group and distributed by American Public Television – have been enjoyed by viewers in the United States and around the world. These include:
- Bach to the Future (Emmy Nomination)
- Discover Beethoven’s 5th (Emmy Nomination and three Telly Awards)
- Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Emmy Nomination and three Telly Awards)
- Fall in Love with Music – 8-part series (two Telly Awards)
- Discover The Firebird (two Telly Awards)
- Discover Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony (Telly Award)
Our television programs are also now available on PBS Passport and Amazon Prime Video. These programs, along with our Discovery Chat© videos on YouTube, are also streamed to classrooms and libraries across the country by Films Media Group.
Our public radio program, Inside Music, broadcast on the second and fourth Saturdays every month at 7:30 pm ET on 89.1 WWFM – The Classical Network, can also be streamed worldwide at wwfm.org.
Our new game app, AHA! Classical, is available for free online at ahaclassical.com or downloadable on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Created in collaboration with Social Impact Studios, AHA! Classical allows players to learn about, interact with, and practice listening skills using classical music.
The Discovery Orchestra receives support from individuals, foundations, businesses, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. It is a priority of The Discovery Orchestra to distribute free or discounted tickets to underserved constituents whenever possible. In addition, The Discovery Orchestra makes every effort to accommodate the needs of individuals with physical and/or cognitive disabilities for all of its programs and activities. Contact us here for more information.
I just listened to the first episode of this (Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony) and can’t believe how fortunate I was to run across this on Prime. I have heard Maull lecture many times before performances and now here he is right on my computer screen and with the clearest of visual aids. I promise if you listen to one of these you will understand a piece as never before. And, I have discovered from past experiences with his lectures that I always listen to any given piece with a greater connection. These “home” viewings of Maull’s lectures are such a gift! Highly recommended.