- $14 for one ticket to see New Jersey Festival Orchestra present Empires Fall (Tchaikovsky and Holst) (up to $28.50 value)
- Seating: section D
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Saturday, September 20, at 7 p.m., at Ridge Performing Arts Center, Basking Ridge
- Sunday, September 21, at 4 p.m., at Presbyterian Church, Westfield
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn’t reflect student discounts.
With the dawn of New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s 2014–15 season comes a meditation on the dusk of global powers. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was written in the twilight years of the Russian Empire, and Gustav Holst’s cosmos-shaking orchestral suite The Planets came at the waning of British colonial might, as England relinquished control of Saturn and Mercury. Joining the orchestra is award-winning South Korean pianist Yoonie Han, whom Seattlepi.com’s Jon Sobel called “one of those natural-born performers who become one with the instrument—not trying to surmount it . . . but rather losing herself in the music like an actor merging magnetically with a role.”
- Tchaikovsky—Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor: In this virtuoso back-and-forth between piano and orchestra, the horns ring with a dark fanfare, but a more sentimental throughline emerges to guide listeners back to the light side.
- Holst—The Planets: War drums beat and battle horns blast as Mars dawns in this astrologically themed tour of the solar system; later come “Venus, the Bringer of Peace,” “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity,” and the hushed “Neptune, the Mystic”, and more.
New Jersey Festival Orchestra
After three decades as the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra announced a new name in 2013 to signal its evolving artistic mission and growing love of confetti. Having cultivated musical excellence in Westfield for so long, they turned their attention to bringing that culture to a statewide audience. Their concerts are a celebration of symphonic music both classical and contemporary, including world premieres from local composers.