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Residents ride in style to New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Transportation program supported by anonymous donor

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April 13th, 2017
Lantern Hill residents take a luxury coach to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Lantern Hill residents take a luxury coach to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

The lights dim, the orchestra begins to hum, and the buzz of the audience hushes to silence. Internationally renowned conductor Xian Zhang takes the stage for the first time as New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s (NJSO) 14th music director. 

Among the audience, 30 residents from Lantern Hill take in the trio of Tchaikovsky scores. Afterward, they board a luxury coach back to the New Providence community they call home. No walking to their cars, no paying for parking, no driving in the dark. Instead, the bus erupts in chatter about the performance all the way home. 

Outstanding experience

This is the second time Lantern Hill has taken advantage of NJSO’s bus transportation program.  The program, supported by a gift from a generous anonymous donor, offers luxury coach transportation from several active adult communities throughout the state. Subscribers to the full series of concerts in those communities ride for just $5 per concert. Lantern Hill’s dining services also provides a delicious box lunch for interested residents.

“The experience [of] the New Jersey Symphony was incredible,” says Lantern Hill resident Paul Thau, who attended both concerts with his wife Carole. “Everything was outstanding from the transportation to the performance.”

“We’re delighted that residents from Lantern Hill are coming to the concerts,” says Catherine Levin, NJSO’s vice president of marketing and external affairs. “There’s just nothing more thrilling than listening to great music, live—in fact, one of the residents told us that she’d forgotten how much she enjoyed hearing the NJSO. We’re so glad that she’s back and know that all of our guests will come to love the [orchestra] in the same way.”

Live performances at home

NJSO concerts aren’t the only performances residents can enjoy. Lantern Hill plans and provides transportation to the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn and hosts its own performances on site in the campus art center and theater. 

“Our proximity to New York City, the Paper Mill Playhouse, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is a large attraction for residents,” says Lantern Hill Executive Director Patricia Swan. “When they trade homeowner responsibilities for maintenance-free living at Lantern Hill, they have more time to enjoy activities like this.”

Other amenities include three on-site restaurants, an all-season pool and fitness center, art studio, library, transportation, on-site medical center, 24-hour concierge services, and secure underground parking.