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Music Lives And Evolves At The Philharmonic Of Southern New Jersey

Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey's Music Director Matthew Oberstein

In Voorhees, NJ, where a new music director forges a bond with an accomplished volunteer orchestra, classical music lives and grows. As the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey begins its new season, an evolutionary process is underway. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston reports.

After two decades under the baton of Maestro Philip Traveline the musicians of the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey are experiencing the musicality of Matthew Oberstein. The 30-year-old music director and conductor was selected from 70 applicants following a two-year search and audition process.  Where will Oberstein lead this selective community orchestra? The region and beyond will be listening...

This season, the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey can be heard at four Sunday afternoon concerts.  The first on November 3rd includes the Eastern High School Chorus and commemorates Verdi's 200th birthday through his arias, choruses, and overtures. For the first time this year, the orchestra is adding a holiday concert for families.  Performances take place at Eastern Center for the Performing Arts, located in Eastern Regional High School.

Matthew Oberstein talks with Meridee Duddleston about his background, conducting, the orchestra and broadening the appeal of classical to the young and not so young.

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