Tuesday, February 20, 2018



WHEN: Sunday, February 25, at 3p.m.
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue in Basking Ridge
TICKETS: $25/adult, $20/senior, $15/student
To purchase tickets, concert patrons may visit www.cjso.org/concert_tickets. Half-season tickets (February 25 and May 6 concerts) may also be purchased at this time ($37.50/adult, $30/senior, $27.50/student). The latter prices represent a 25 percent savings. Please e-mail orchestra@cjso.org with any questions.

The concert—the second on the CJSO’s 48th season (its 10th under music director Michael Avagliano)—will include Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” as well as arias from Donizetti’s La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) and other operas, featuring soloists from the Light Opera of New Jersey (LONJ).

“We are very excited to continue the 48th season of the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra,” Mr. Avagliano said. “We look forward to collaborating, once again, with some of the outstanding singers from the Light Opera of New Jersey, as well as to performing Mozart’s timeless and classic final symphony and one of his most-well-known overtures. We cannot wait to share these beautiful works with both loyal and new audience members.”


  • Michael Avagliano, music director
  • Chelsea Friedlander, soprano
  • Hanna Ladefoged-Dollase, contralto
  • Ivan Rivera, tenor
  • David Murray, baritone

The program:

  • Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
  • Puccini “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi
  • Mozart “Ah, se fosse intorno” from Cosí fan tutte
  • Rossini “Cruda sorte” from L’Italiana in Algieri
  • Leoncavallo “Prologo” from Pagliacci
  • Donizetti arias from La fillé du regiment
  • Mozart Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

AvaglianoAbout Michael Avagliano, music director
Michael Avagliano has served as music director of the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and was recently appointed music director of the Summit Symphony. He joined the faculty of Drew University as director of the chamber orchestra in 2015.  In the 2014 season, Mr. Avagliano conducted the orchestra’s first opera performances, collaborating with the Light Opera of New Jersey for a fully-staged production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Previously, the orchestra was a runner-up for The American Prize, awarded each year for excellence in orchestral performance. Also an active violinist and violist, Mr. Avagliano has performed with the New Jersey and Singapore symphonies, as well as the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Madison String Quartet, he has performed on chamber music series throughout the United States, with recent appearances in Alaska, New York, and Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.michaelavagliano.com.

imageAbout the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1970 as the Somerset County College Orchestra, the orchestra changed its name to the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 1985. For 16 seasons, the orchestra presented six to eight concerts, performing the standard orchestral repertoire. At its Gala 10th anniversary concert under the new name, the orchestra completed a cycle of the Beethoven symphonies with a sold-out performance of the Ninth. In the following year, it presented an acclaimed concert of “Music of the Holocaust at Terezin.” In 1998, the orchestra began a cultural exchange with Lithuania, presenting Lithuanian guest artists making their U.S. debuts. Committed to presenting the works of New Jersey composers, the orchestra has presented world premieres by Mario Lombardo, John Sichel, David Rimelis, and David Sampson.