The Garden State Philharmonic to premiere Ben Goldberg's The Gift

Ben Goldberg, a Toms River native, will make his debut with the Garden State Philharmonic on March 15
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - March 6, 2020 - PRLog -- Composer Ben Goldberg comes home to Toms River to premiere his chamber piece, The Gift, on the Garden State Philharmonic's upcoming concert, Chamber: Spring Sonata. This intimate concert will place on Sunday, March 15th at 3:00 p.m. at the Island Heights United Methodist Church.

An alumnus of the Toms River Regional School district, Goldberg developed his musical talents through playing in the band, jazz band and singing in the chorus at Toms River North High School. Upon graduation, Goldberg continued his music education at Berklee College of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music in film composition. With much of his early work in music for media (film, television and advertising), Goldberg shifted focus to pursue his driving passion for concert music.

The Gift, originally scored for film, is filled with rich melodies and moments of tension. Audience members will be entranced by the melodic story as it unfolds between the cello and violin. Goldberg blends the acoustic tonal sounds of the violin, cello and piano with electronic elements. "The Gift appeals to everyone. I strive to translate modern technology into a more accessible language for the audience," explains Goldberg. Audiences should not be wary of the electronic element of the piece. Goldberg has manipulated acoustic instruments through pitch bending and the speeding up or slowing down of sounds to create a new sound. Members of the GSP performing include Jameson Platte, cello; Uli Speth, violin; Craig Ketter, piano, and Ben Goldberg, electronics.

"I am very excited to have The Gift premiere in my hometown and have the opportunity to share this experience with so many people that have watched me grow up, including my parents."

In addition to Goldberg's premiere, Chamber: Spring Sonata will include Rachmaninoff's Sonata for Cello and Piano by Jameson Platte and Craig Ketter and Amy Beach's Violin Sonata, Op. 34 by Uli Speth and Craig Ketter.

Tickets are available at or by calling 732-255-0460.

The Garden State Philharmonic, Inc. is celebrating its 64th Anniversary Season (2019-20). From its community orchestra roots in Ocean County, NJ, the organization has grown into a critically acclaimed professional orchestra, a three-tiered youth orchestra, a youth chorus, and a community chorus serving over 20,000 people of all ages throughout New Jersey.

The mission of the GSP is to maintain and operate a professional symphony orchestra at the Jersey Shore; to give concerts of cultural and educational value in and for the community, and to foster such related activities that encourage an interest in and appreciation of music.

For more information, visit or call 732-255-0460.

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