Saturday, April 9, 2016


San Francisco Symphony Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas

WHEN: Friday, April 15, doors 7:30 PM; performance 8 PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark NJ
TICKETS: start at $25
Part of the Bank of America Classical Series

Musical director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony collaborate to bring NJPAC a virtual tribute to American composer Aaron Copland, along with a glowing Romantic masterpiece, Schumann's Symphony No. 2.

No other orchestra and conductor in the U.S. collaborate to make music with the energy, the boundless imagination and the sheer virtuosity quite like the San Francisco Symphony and the eternally youthful Michael Tilson Thomas. Thomas has held the post for a remarkable 20 years, and the vigorous creative relationship he has built with the orchestra is one of the happier facts of life in American music. They play everything, brilliantly, with a real commitment to new music that equals the refinement and integrity of their performances of the traditional repertoire—a balance that is inspiring.

The music of U.S. composer Aaron Copland—a virtual soundtrack for 20th-century America—has been a big part of Thomas' history with the orchestra. Their NJPAC program will include three rarely heard Copland masterpieces, including the Jazz Age excitement of his highly demanding Piano Concerto, performed by acclaimed Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan. With Schumann's glorious Symphony No. 2 filling out the bill, this promises to be music-making at the highest level.

Join NJPAC for the Bank of America Classical Overtures, held an hour prior to each classical concert. These interactive presentations are hosted by Maestro George Marriner Maull of New Jersey's Discovery Orchestra and are free to ticket holders.

Program Notes

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

Copland: Orchestral Variations
Copland: Inscape
Copland: Piano Concerto
Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C, Op. 61