Thursday, November 3, at at 7:30 p.m. (at bergenPAC in Englewood)
- $25 for one ticket for front-orchestra or front-mezzanine seating (up to $75 value)
- $25 for one ticket for mid-orchestra or front-balcony seating (up to $47 value)
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Saturday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. (at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark)
Values vary based on the date you select.
- $37 for one ticket for center orchestra, center tier 1, grand tier, or tier 1 box seating (up to $90 value)
- $37 for one ticket for side orchestra, grand tier, or front tier 2 seating (up to $78 value)
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Zhang Conducts Beethoven & Haydn
- About the program: From chamber music to full symphony, this program will showcase the talents of conductor Xian Zhang, pianist Pedja Muzijevic, violinist Eric Wyrick, and cellist Jonathan Spitz.
- What you’ll hear: Two pieces from Haydn, including Symphony No. 102 and Adagio from Piano Trio No. 40, which the composer played in private with his musically inclined mistress. The program also includes Strauss’s Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, as well as…
- Beethoven—Triple Concerto: A fortunate example of royal flattery, Beethoven likely wrote the Triple Concerto to show off the talents of his teenage pupil, the Archduke Rudolph. The elegant piece weaves the violin and cello’s solo parts around the piano’s passages, creating playful melodies that placed the young aristocrat’s keyboard skills in the best light.
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."