History of the symphony orchestra topic of First Wednesday Luncheon in Westfield

The history of the Symphony Orchestra from the 18th century until now will be the topic of Warren Cohen at the First Wednesday Luncheon of the Westfield Historical Society on Sept. 3. It will begin at noon, at the Echo Lake country Club, located at 515 Springfield Ave. in Westfield.

Cohen has had an extensive career spanning three decades as a music director of professional, amateur and student orchestras. Presently he is the artistic director of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) in New Providence and director of the MusicaNova Orchestra in Scottsdale Arizona, where he has been music director since 2003.

He previously held music director positions with the Kumu Kahua Theatre Company, Hawaii Chamber Orchestra, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra (where he was appointed Music Director Laureate in 2005) the Fine Arts String Orchestra, the Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra and was Concert Artist in Conducting at Kean University in Union.

As a composer he has ten ASCAP awards for original composition, and won an ASCAP/American Symphony Orchestra League Award for Adventurous Programming while at Southern Arizona Symphony.

For a reservation, call 908-233-2930 by noon, on Monday, Sept. 1. The cost of the luncheon is $25 for the members and $30 for the non-member.

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