Monday, June 28, 2021


New Jersey Symphony Orchestra




President & CEO Gabriel van Aalst
announces the 2021–22 season 

I hope you and yours are enjoying the summer!

It is with a sense of great excitement and pride that I can announce the 2021–22 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concert season! We’ve been incredibly diligent in our planning and are confident we can move forward with this delightful, passionate and uplifting season of music. We absolutely wouldn’t be in this position without YOUR support, patience and understanding. We cannot overstate this, and we truly can’t wait for you to join us as we return to live indoor performances.

This new season is filled with your favorite timeless classics. Featuring the works of legendary composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Ravel, there is absolutely something for everyone. We also explore masterpieces from composers of today—Wynton Marsalis, Michael Abels, Thomas Ad├Ęs, Jesse Montgomery, Nokuthula Ngwenyama and our own Resident Artistic Catalyst Daniel Bernard Roumain—bringing both freshness and depth to our programs.




We are extremely pleased to have an impressive roster of mega-talented guest artists joining us this season. Some highlights include Nicholas McGegan and Augustin Hadelich in a program featuring the works of Beethoven & Saint-Georges, Karen Gomyo performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Conrad Tao mastering Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. After a pandemic-related postponement, Louis Lortie will finally delight us with the Beethoven piano concerto cycle. Lastly, our new Artist-in-Residence, world-acclaimed pianist Daniil Trifonov, will join us for not one, but two separate programs this season! If you haven’t seen Daniil perform, I highly recommend checking out his incredible performance in our EMERGE concert film, premiering online via the NJSO’s website and YouTube channel on June 30.




This season, we again shine the spotlight on our musicians. Bart Feller, Chris Komer, Kathleen Nester, Jonathan Spitz, Brennan Sweet, Elzbieta Weyman, Robert Wagner and Eric Wyrick are all featured soloists on programs in 2021–22. It’s absolutely thrilling to showcase them and their wondrous talents. Our musicians have been so resilient through everything that’s happened with the pandemic, and we look forward to seeing them back on full display!




The safety and well-being of our musicians, staff and patrons will be our top priority as we return to our venues. We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC and the State of New Jersey in order to create a safe experience for everyone. Should you not feel comfortable attending an in-person performance, that’s OK! Patron services will offer the most flexibility possible in how to handle your tickets. We’re here to take care of you.

It has been a long road to get to this point and we can’t wait to reunite with you, the NJSO family. Subscribe today and be part of the Symphony’s epic return!

On behalf of Xian, the musicians, trustees and staff, welcome to the 2021–22 concert season!



Gabriel van Aalst
President & CEO
The Ruth C. and A. Michael Lipper NJSO President & CEO Chair

The 2021–22 season is ambitious—featuring world premieres and a wide-ranging repertoire that embraces the NJSO’s legacy as a statewide orchestra. The generosity of our Symphony Friends and Amadeus Circle members makes it possible for us to bring meaningful musical experiences to individuals across New Jersey and around the world. Donate at or add a donation onto your subscription renewal!