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A funny thing happened on the way to the… Our journey from The Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey to The Discovery Orchestra

A funny thing happened on the way to the…

The “short” version: Fall 1987.  With the help of many individuals – notably our spouses Rena and Marcia, and persuasive community influencers Betse Gump and Mary Horn – Brian Frederick…

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Guest Blogger Isabelle Qi

Guest Blogger Interviews Maestro Maull

Interview With Discovery Orchestra Conductor George Marriner Maull: A Four-and-a-Half-Year-Old Fell In Love With a Symphony Recording. Seventy Years Later, He Hasn’t Changed. By Isabelle Qi At age 75, George…

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On Monday, May 8th we were very happy to be part of a multifaceted event, presented by both organizations, entitled Walk With Me: Discover The Montgomery Variations, held at the Rock Christian Fellowship on Ferry Street in Newark.

More Than Success

I’ve written before about Dr. Jee-Hoon Krska and the wonderful non-profit organization she founded in 2016, Keys 2 Success, in her words: “to teach classical piano to kids growing up…

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Guest Blogger: John Wargacki

How To Be a Lover of Poetry Via Music Without Really Trying Music is then the knowledge of that which relates to love in harmony and system.     — Plato Having…

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Maestro's Monthly Blog: One of the Most Amazing Persons I Know - Ginny Johnston - The Discovery Orchestra's Finance Director & 2023 Gala Honoree

One of the Most Amazing Persons I Know

I first met Virginia Johnston when she was a teenager. In the early 1980’s, Ginny became principal clarinetist of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which I was then serving as…

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The Less Glamorous Side of Television

And what might that be, you ask? In a word… editing. When we attend a live performance by a professional symphony orchestra – unless we are fortunate enough to be…

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Marvelous job, Maestro, as always! Thank you for doing such a splendid, insightful and careful deep-dive into the art and craftsmanship that Tchaikovsky, after much effort, put into creating this work. There really is no greater portrayal of young love in music than his Romeo and Juliet, and your thoughtfulness demonstrates it so admirably.

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