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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Donít Miss: NJIT Offers Two Free Classical Music Concerts on April 2, 7

Creativity has many facets, ranging from the scientific investigation of nature to artistic expression. Celebrating the full spectrum of this timeless creative quest, the NJIT Technology and Society Forum has scheduled two free musical events for its Spring 2008 Series. The public is invited to both of them.

The first event set for April 2, 2008, will feature eight members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO). The group will perform Schubert’s octet for two violins, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet and French horn. They’ll play from 3-4:30 p.m. in the NJIT Campus Center Atrium.

The following week, on April 7, 2008, violinist Rieko Kawabata with pianist Eri Kang will perform from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theater. César Franck’s sonata for violin and piano will be the focus of this later offering.

Born in Korea, NJSO cellist Na-Young Baek made her American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2000. Joining her will be Frank Foerster, principal NJSO violinist, who studied at the music schools of Hannover and Berlin, and with Yehudi Menuhin in Switzerland.

Karl Herman joined the NJSO in 1979 and is principal clarinetist. Also playing will be violinist Rebekah Johnson, who gave her first public performance at the age of six on a CBS television special. Andrea Menousek, second French horn, will also perform. She regularly plays with the NJSO Brass Quintet and the Woodwind Quintet.

Other performers will be bass player David Rosi, who joined the NJSO in 1984, and in 1988 was a Tanglewood Fellow. Associate concertmaster Brennan Sweet began violin studies at two years of age, enrolling in one of Canada’s first Suzuki programs. In addition to playing with the NJSO, Mark Timmerman has been principal bassoon of New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

For the second event, violinist Kawabata will perform.  Kawabata made her solo debut with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 10. She is a member of the Downtown Chamber Trio and active in the film industry and musical productions. Pianist Kang has performed throughout the US and other countries.

Event sponsors include the NJIT Technology and Society Forum Committee, Albert Dorman Honors College and Sigma Xi. For more information, contact Jay Kappraff, kappraff@adm.njit.edu or 973-596-3490.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.