Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony

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In a Nutshell

A program of “twos” includes a Beethoven concerto, and two tremendous artists—conductor Christopher König and pianist Jonathan Biss

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The Deal

Bergen Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m.

  • $23 for one ticket for orchestra or balcony seating (up to $47 value)
  • $37 for one ticket for orchestra or mezzanine seating (up to $75 value)
  • Click here to view the seating chart
  • There is no elevator access at this venue.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 31, at 8 p.m.

  • $18 for one ticket for grand- or third-tier seating (up to $36 value)
  • $23 for one ticket for orchestra or second-tier seating (up to $47 value)
  • $37 for one ticket for orchestra, grand-tier, or second-tier seating (up to $75 value)
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State Theatre on Sunday, November 1, at 3 p.m.

  • $21 for one ticket for balcony-rear seating (up to $42 value)
  • $25 for one ticket for balcony-mid seating (up to $50 value)
  • $39 for one ticket for orchestra or balcony-front seating (up to $78 value)
  • Click here to view the seating chart
  • There is no elevator access at this venue.

The Program

Conductor Christoph König and pianist Jonathan Biss join forces for a program themed around the number two. Their collaboration on Beethoven’s second piano concerto precedes the main event: Rachmaninoff’s celebrated second symphony.

  • Beethoven—Piano Concerto No. 2: Beethoven rewrote the finale of this playful concerto twice—once during his time studying with Haydn, then again when he reworked it as a solo rumination that gets abruptly interrupted by the orchestra.
  • Rachmaninoff—Symphony No. 2: Shattered by the poor reception of his first symphony, Rachmaninoff slipped into a years-long depression that was only lifted through intensive hypnotherapy. He began work on his second symphony in strict secrecy to keep preemptive criticism at bay, eventually restoring his reputation with the meticulously constructed piece. Highlights include the exuberant second movement, which opens with galloping strings backed by regal peals from the horns.

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

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    BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

    30 North Van Brunt St

    Englewood, NJ 07631

    +18002553476

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    State Theatre

    15 Livingston Ave.

    New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    +18002553476

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