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Music at Moorland set for June 21 in Far Hills

June 6, 2012
FAR HILLS, NJ, June 6, 2012 -- Thousands of New Jerseyans will kick off summer on Thursday, June 21 at the 11th annual Music at Moorland at Moorland Farm in Far Hills. The event is presented by Sanofi US to benefit Somerset Medical Center.

“We are proud to continue what has become a much-anticipated summer tradition for Central New Jersey families,” said John von Stade, co-chair of Music at Moorland. “A world-class musical performance combined with spectacular fireworks in a beautiful setting makes this such a memorable event for young and old alike. Best of all, the event supports the programs and services at Somerset Medical Center, which families throughout our region rely on for all their health care needs.”

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performance begins at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of guest conductor Emil De Cou. De Cou, a Los Angeles native, appears regularly as guest conductor with orchestras across the United States. After serving as associate conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra for eight years, he was recently appointed as music director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Guest soloist is violist Paul Laraia, a native of Sewell in Gloucester County, New Jersey. Laraia is the Senior Division First Place Laureate of the 14th Annual Sphinx Competition 2011, presented by The DTE Energy Foundation. He is performing at Music at Moorland as part of the Sphinx Professional Development Program sponsored by GM. Laraia has performed as soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Canada and the Republic of Korea and has been featured on National Public Radio and Detroit Public Television.

The first half of the orchestra’s performance will feature classics such as Festive Overture by Shostakovich, Romance for Viola and Orchestra by Bruch, Intermezzo from Jewels of the Madonna by Wolf-Ferarri and the Merry Wives of Windsor Overture from Nicolai. The second half has a Hollywood flair with Back to the Future by Alan Silvestri, “Adventures on Earth” by John Williams from the movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and a “Hollywood Salute” arranged by Robert Wendel. 

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s performance will end on a patriotic note with “America the Beautiful” followed by the area’s largest fireworks display, presented by Grucci. The legendary Long Island-based company has been presenting stunning fireworks displays throughout the world for generations, including seven presidential inaugurations, three Olympic Games, and three World’s Fairs.
General admission tickets are $30 for adults and free for children under 14. Preferred seating options are also available. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call 908-685-2500.

Somerset Medical Center is a nationally accredited, regional medical center providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical and rehabilitative services and a broad range of community programs to Central New Jersey residents. It is nationally recognized as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence. The medical center is an affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a clinical research affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. For more information, visit

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, now in its 89th season, comprises some of the country’s finest musicians. The Orchestra is proud to have Jacques Lacombe as its Music Director and Neeme Järvi as its Conductor Laureate.

The NJSO makes its home at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark while also engaging audiences at six other venues throughout the state—in Englewood, Morristown, New Brunswick, Princeton, Red Bank and Trenton. Each season, the NJSO presents Classical, POPS and Family subscription concerts, as well as summer parks performances, special concerts and events.

The Orchestra offers wide-ranging educational programs, reaching students in all 21 New Jersey counties with a variety of programs from ensemble performances via its Resources for Education and Community Harmony (REACH) program to its full orchestral concert tours for schoolchildren. The NJSO sponsors a Youth Orchestra program in the Newark area, and it promotes violin lessons in public schools with its renowned NJSO Early Strings Program.

The NJSO brings the symphonic-music experience to more than 150,000 people each year and reaches thousands more through radio broadcasts. Select NJSO performances are broadcast regionally and throughout North America.