New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Kicks off Family Series with “The Musical Time Machine”


The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2014–15 Family Series with “The Musical Time Machine” — a musical trip through history that features beloved and famous music from the Baroque to Modern eras, on Saturday, November 29.

The NJSO Family Series offers interactive programs that help children discover instruments and learn great stories through music. Each show also offers a Pre-Concert Adventure that takes place in the lobby an hour before each concert. Children can learn more about the music, participate in fun activities, play games and meet NJSO musicians. Concerts are held at NJPAC.

Conductor Jeffrey Grogan
Conductor Jeffrey Grogan

NJSO Education & Community Engagement Conductor Jeffrey Grogan will lead the kick-off concert and audience favorite Ben Steinfeld brings his trademark humor and theatrics as concert host of this time-traveling adventure.

“We’ll take a whirlwind trip through history, stopping at some of the most exciting moments in music along the way,” Grogan says. “It will be up to the audience to keep a rogue time traveler from changing the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony! I know everyone will love seeing the hilarious Ben Steinfeld bring this adventure to life.”

An interactive Pre-Concert Adventure begins at 1 pm in the Prudential Hall lobby. The activities, which are free to all ticketholders, include ready-to-play child-sized orchestral instruments provided by Touch the Music with Claudia Baumgaertner Lemmerz. Concertgoers can meet NJSO musicians and ask them questions, learn fun facts about the program and create unique souvenirs to take home.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Family Series: The Musical Time Machine
Saturday, November 29, at 2 pm
NJPAC, One Centre Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $10 for children and $20 for adults, available for purchase online at or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

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