#b#Music and Art Up Close and Personal with NBCO#/b#

The latest event of the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, “NBCO@Zimmerli” on January 29, was a standing-room-only success. In this series of free, informal Sunday afternoon gatherings, or “salons,” the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra wipes out the barriers between performers and audience.

We are grateful for the coverage U. S. 1 has given us in the past and I am writing now to bring this innovative series to the attention of your readers. Members of NBCO perform both cutting-edge compositions and the classics in an intimate setting surrounded by the art of Rutgers University’s Zimmerli Art Museum.

Our salons alternate music and sociability. The musicians and Mark Hyczko, our knowledgeable and entertaining artistic director, introduce each piece. Sometimes the composers themselves are present and join in. Listeners can get insightful answers to questions that go unasked at more formal musical events. During short breaks between the pieces, performers and the public mingle and chat over light snacks and wine.

The next NBCO@Zimmerli “salon” takes place Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. The theme is “Hidden Variables.” A concert by the full orchestra takes place in June.

Further information can be found in the cyberworld at www.ReframingClassicalMusic.com and on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheNBCO.

We invite all those interested to join us. Again this unique event is free and free parking is available directly behind the museum.

John Semmlow, President

New Brunswick

Chamber Orchestra

#b#Honesty Is the Best Policy#/b#

Editor’s Note: The following letter was received in response to Richard K. Rein’s January 25 column.

Just now happened to read your January 25 article about the U.S. 1 reader who was Republican and Trump voter, and your reaction to his correspondence about what he referred to as “crybabyism” from many who had opposed Trump. Thanks for presenting both sides of this political “story” in a reasonable way.

In, as you concluded, “Keeping others honest and keeping ourselves honest, as well,” you’re helping to maintain those checks and balances that the founding fathers thought were vital to the long-term viability of a democracy. Or rather, it’s a lot of give-and-take all around, if this concept of government is going to work.

John Chomiczewski

Collingswood, NJ

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