The NJIT Wind and String Ensembles and the Jazz Ensemble invite all in the NJIT community to enjoy two free concerts the first week of May.

The Wind and String Ensembles will perform on Wednesday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium.

The Jazz Ensemble will showcase their talent on Thursday, May 4 at 12:00 noon, performing on the Campus Green. The rain venue will be the Campus Center Gallery.

The Wind and String Ensembles are conducted, respectively, by Nicholas Santoro and Karen Pinoci. The Wind Ensemble will play, among other selections, a medley of songs from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, the classic band piece Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance, and a French pastorale, The Shepherd’s Song.

The String Ensemble performance will highlight the talent of NJIT student and violinist Urvya Iyer, who is a mathematics and premed major. Iyer will play “Summer” from the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi accompanied by the String Ensemble. The String Ensemble will also play selections by Jean Sibelius, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Samuel Barber and Percy Granger.

The performance by the Jazz Ensemble, conducted by David Rimelis, will feature selections that include “Basin Street Blues,” “Night in Tunisia,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Feeling Good,” “Heard it Through the Grape Vine” and “Johnny B. Goode.”

NJIT students, faculty and staff along with students attending Rutgers University-Newark and guest artists comprise the ensembles performing, and anyone who plays an instrument is invited to join. Students enrolled in Instrumental Ensemble Performance courses (THTR 220, 221, 222) offered by the Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Arts and Technology program can earn one free-elective credit for participating, but registration in a course is not necessary to join and share your musical talent.

The concerts are made possible through the support of the NJIT Music Initiative, Theatre Arts and Technology program, Student Senate and Society of Musical Arts, grants from the New Jersey Innovation Institute and Getting to Know Europe (euintheus.org/gtke), and with the generous assistance of the Rauch Family Foundation Charitable Trust Concert Series at NJIT.

For more information: music@njit.edu