Thursday, April 23, 2020


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra regrets to announce the cancellation of the remainder of its 2019-2020 season.

The orchestra was to have concluded its season on Sunday, June 6, in Morristown with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, in collaboration with Somerset Hills Chorus and in celebration of the upcoming 250th anniversary (Dec. 16) of the composer’s birth.

“We deeply regret having to cancel the final concert of our 50th anniversary season,” said music director Michael Avagliano. “However, the health and safety of our audience, musicians, and all who work to make our concerts possible is of paramount importance at this difficult time. Plans are already underway for our 51st season, and we look forward to performing, as always, for new and returning audience members alike.”

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About 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.