Mahler's First Symphony: "Titan"

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In a Nutshell

The symphony pairs Bernstein’s aching “Age of Anxiety” with Mahler’s sweeping triumph “Titan”

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The Deal

  • One ticket to see the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra perform Mahler’s First Symphony: Titan
  • Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees

Thursday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m., or Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m. at New Jersey Performing Arts Center

  • $25 for red section seating (up to $50 value)
  • $39 for yellow section seating (up to $78 value)
  • $45 for light blue section seating (up to $90 value)
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Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m. at State Theatre

  • $20 for green section seating (up to $39 value)
  • $25 for red section seating (up to $50 value)
  • $39 for yellow section seating (up to $78 value)
  • Click here to view the seating chart

Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. at Mayo Performing Arts Center

The Program

Soloist Kirill Gerstein joins the New Jersey Symphony orchestra for this concert, blending the intimate sounds of the piano with the power of the orchestra in Leonard Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety. The piece is fittingly paired with Mahler’s First Symphony—as NJSO music director Jacques Lacombe notes, “Bernstein had such a great relationship with Mahler’s music, which was neglected, even in Vienna.”

  • Bernstein—Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety: Channeling W.H. Auden’s Pulitzer-winning poem of the same name, Berstein shrugged off the traditional form of the symphony when composing this piece. Its six subsections, which mirror Auden’s text, are performed without pause by the orchestra and solo piano.
  • Mahler—Symphony No. 1: Tone poem, Titan, five movements, four movements—by turns joyful and stormy, Mahler’s First has cycled through a few names and structures. But its appeal endures, with klezmer, street music, and even satire coloring its multifaceted sound.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

In 1922, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performed its first concert at the Montclair Art Museum. They weren't called by that name yet, and they only had 19 string players at the time, but it was a show that established the orchestra as an important organ in the artistic community. It also might have been the last time the group was largely unknown. The ensemble quickly swelled in size, talent, and popularity as it racked up one significant achievement after another. In 1968, Henry Lewis joined the company to become the first African-American music director of a major symphony. The orchestra reached new heights under his leadership, taking the stage at Carnegie Hall and at the Garden State Arts Center with Luciano Pavarotti—a guest who joined the musicians again in 1984 to perform the first-ever classical program at the humble speakeasy known as Madison Square Garden. The group's illustrious career continued into the late '80s, as it performed live on PBS and played a concert of Bernstein works that won the admiration of the man himself.

Today, the NJSO continues to confidently play into the 21st century. Under the current leadership of Music Director Xian Zhang, the ensemble shares seasons of classical, pops, and family programs, along with outdoor concerts, and educational projects. But the group has never forgotten its humble beginnings, maintaining a commitment to the community that caused The Wall Street Journal to call them “a vital, artistically significant musical organization."

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    NJPAC

    1 Center St.

    Newark, NJ 07102

    +19736428989

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    State Theatre

    15 Livingston Ave.

    New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    +18002553476

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    Mayo Performing Arts Center

    100 South Street

    Morristown, NJ 07960

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