As part of the UJA Benefit Concert outreach project, Golda Och Academy student musicians will join members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra during a free performance on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the school’s Eric F. Ross Upper School Campus in West Orange.
Under the direction of GOA music teacher Richard Perini, students in grades five-11 are practicing to play “Hatikva,” Israel’s national anthem, with the orchestra.
“Bringing the NJSO to GOA is an amazing opportunity for our band students to learn and perform with working professionals in the field,” said Arts Department chair Jordan Herskowitz.
GOA junior Shachar Kessler, student coordinator for the event, said, “It is a huge honor to play with the NJSO…. “Playing with a professional orchestra will be an eye-opening experience.”
An Evening with the NJSO at GOA is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the UJA Benefit Concert Supporting Foundation. According to foundation president Ed Zinbarg, “The UJA Concert used to be a single large event held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center,” which over 18 years raised $4 million. In 2015, he said, “it seemed time to help local federation agencies more directly. The event at GOA is in that spirit.”
RSVP at goldaochacademy.org/symphony.