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PR # 83 November 10, 2008


For the first time in more than 20 seasons, the Central Jersey Symphony will open its concert season with a new music director, Michael Avagliano. A New Jersey native and longtime Edison resident, Avagliano will lead the orchestra in its first performance of the 2008-09 season, Sunday, November 23, at 3 p.m., in the Nash Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, North Branch.

The program will include the ?Scottish? symphony by Felix Mendelssohn, as well as Beethoven?s Piano Concerto no. 4 in G. Internationally renowned pianist Adonis Gonzalez, a native of Cuba, will join the orchestra as soloist.

Avagliano previously led the orchestra during 2004-2005 season, when the group?s music director, Dr. Roger Briscoe, was on sabbatical leave. Avagliano had also served as the orchestra?s concertmaster for several seasons.

The concert also marks a new association with the RVCC as its ?orchestra-in-residence.? This enables students to become members of the symphony for college credit, as the Visual and Performing Arts Department seeks to broaden its opportunities for its music students.

?We?re very happy to be in partnership with the College,? Avagliano said. ?The chance to perform at an excellent venue like the Nash Theatre allows us to expand our audience and benefit the student body as well as the community at large.?

Composed primarily of volunteer musicians, the Central Jersey Symphony rehearses on Tuesdays evenings at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra is still seeking musicians, primarily string players. For additional information, visit www.cjso.org .

Tickets to the November 23 concert cost $20, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. For tickets, call 908-725-3420 or visit www.cjso.org .

The orchestra is funded in part by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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