The New Jersey Festival Orchestra, based in Westfield NJ, has again been nominated for the JerseyArts.com People's Choice Award. The annual awards program, run by Discover Jersey Arts, pays tribute to the work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations.
The NJFO, which was nominated for “favorite NJ symphony/orchestra” by fellow Arts organization members of Discover Jersey Arts, is asking the entire Westfield community and beyond to vote for them as their favorite "Symphony/Orchestra" by going online to the NJFO website at njfestivalorchestra.org or to the orchestra’s Facebook page. Voters can also go to JerseyArts.com/vote.
Supporters have every reason to be proud of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s accomplishments to earn this nomination, according to the orchestra's Director of Marketing Elizabeth Ryan. She cited growing popularity of NJFO and its subsequent expansion into a variety of venues throughout the state, including Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, PNC Arts Center, Drew University in Madison, Monroe County and Bergen County as well as performances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in NYC. In addition to its dynamic programs the fully professional orchestra also sponsors educational and music therapy programs throughout the state of New Jersey. Over the past several years NJFO’s Caravan and Mentoring initiatives have reached thousands of inner city school children and children with special needs. For cancer patients and the terminally ill, NJFO provides “Listening is Healing” programs.
Nominees for the People's Choice Awards were nominated by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers network, which is made up of hundreds of nonprofit Arts groups across the state.
"We at NJFO are thrilled to be nominated as New Jersey’s favorite orchestra once again,” said NJFO Music Director David Wroe. We are honored to be recognized by our colleagues and to be part of such a vibrant Arts community. We hope that our wonderful patrons will also support us by voting for us in this year’s Awards.
Voters have an opportunity to cast votes in up to16 arts categories. "Symphony/Orchestra" is the seventh category. Only one vote per e-mail address is allowed. The deadline to vote is Feb. 16.
NJFO’s next performance, La Traviata, presented semi-staged, in costume and featuring guest soloists from NY Metropolitan Opera and beyond, will take place on Saturday, March 4th at 7pm at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield and Sunday March 5 at 3pm at Drew University in Madison. For tickets and information go to njfestivalorchestra.org or call 908 232 9400.