New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host a free public concert on Dec. 8 featuring musical groups from NJIT, Rutgers-Newark, Essex County College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). The concert is scheduled for 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theatre at NJIT’s Kupfrian Hall, just north of the intersection of Warren and Summit Streets. The concert is open to the public and parking is available.
The concert marks the debut of NJIT’s newly formed student chorus, directed by Robert Feldstein, whose varied career includes jazz and classical music and more than 50 equity theatrical productions.
Well-known concert-pianist and Juilliard graduate Richard Alston will conduct the Essex County College Choir in classical and gospel repertoire. Alston, assistant professor and performing arts coordinator at Essex County College, has performed and lectured throughout America and Europe and has recorded a CD for Centaur Records.
Leo Johnson will conduct the Rutgers-Newark MOSAIC Jazz Ensemble, which consists of thirteen musicians from Rutgers-Newark. Johnson was described by the Star-Ledger as being one of New Jersey’s greatest jazz musicians.
The concert is sponsored by NJIT’s Technology and Society Forum series, which will conclude each semester with a musical performance. The forums are designed to explore the connections between the technological expertise that students study in the classroom and the real-world geo-political issues that affect the quality of human life. Each talk is designed to open further conversation between the experts and the audience about the social implications of cutting-edge technologies.