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Weekend: New Jersey Symphony Returns
We are beyond thrilled
to welcome you back. Beethoven’s Seventh mourns and dances and
gives voice to everything humanity has lived through this past year
and a half. We’ve got brand new music to mark the new season, too:
Michael Abels, who wrote the score for the Oscar-winning film Get Out, launches us with his
riveting new orchestral work. And our new Resident Artistic
Catalyst, Daniel Bernard Roumain, taps his Haitian roots as he
solos in his own Voodoo Violin
Nicholas McGegan makes
music written over 200 years ago sound as if the ink is still wet.
He, the NJSO and audience favorite Augustin Hadelich bring to life
the rambunctious genius of a young Beethoven and the virtuosic
elegance of the first known classical composer of African ancestry,
Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
Fresh off of a
riveting NJSO Concert Film performance, Artist-in-Residence Daniil
Trifonov returns for Brahms’ First. Only a powerhouse pianist and
conductor in perfect sync can make this thrilling climb. Jessie
Montgomery’s sizzling Starburst
leads things off before Xian Zhang brings a fresh take to a beloved
Czech masterwork, Smetana’s Má vlast,
tapping the warm strings and beautifully rounded brass threaded
into the Symphony’s DNA by former music director Zdenek Macal.
silver waterfall plunging from a towering mountain into a fjord
below—and you have the opening of Grieg’s Piano Concerto. An
exquisite painter at the piano, Vladimir Feltsman brings the
concerto’s hold-your-breath moments to vivid life. Andrey Boreyko’s
NJSO debut also features a pathbreaking ballet by his countryman
Igor Stravinsky and a new work by living legend Thomas Adès.
NJSO brass and woodwinds shine in works showcasing their
special sound and virtuosity. We kick off with a brand new fanfare
from jazz master Wynton Marsalis, Joan Tower’s take on Copland’s
vision and Dvořák’s beguiling serenade. The full orchestra sparkles
in Copland’s homage to Abraham Lincoln.
A journey from
darkness to light. Samy Moussa’s Nocturne
evokes the sea at night under a moody half-moon. Mozart’s
Third Violin Concerto is a musical sunrise, and we’re delighted to
welcome back Karen Gomyo and her unequaled ability to spin out
Mozart’s radiant lyricism. Finally, the organ’s entrance in the finale
of Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 is like throwing curtains open to
touching final music, his Sixth Symphony, is on the short list of
so many music lovers, and we are so excited to perform it for you.
We lead into it with a gorgeous overture by Louise Farrenc, who
with one beautiful score after another, broke all sorts of glass
ceilings in 19th-century France. And Concertmaster Eric Wyrick and
Juan Pablo Jofre team up for Jofre’s Concerto for violin and
bandoneon—a popular tango-loving cousin of the accordion from
Jofre’s native Argentina.
Superb NJSO principals
step into the spotlight: Bart Feller in a tour de force that lets
the flute’s shining personalities sing out, and Jonathan Spitz in a
piece many call the perfect cello concerto. Xian Zhang bookends
this beauty with iconic pieces by the master orchestral colorist
Maurice Ravel, ending with the slow-build hurricane of Boléro.
Daniil Trifonov—“the most astounding pianist of our age” (The Times)—returns for his
second week this season with a brand new concerto written for him
by a musical polymath—DJ and composer Mason Bates. Xian Zhang
specializes in Tchaikovsky’s singing line, digging deep into the
sorrow and joy that makes her favorite Russian composer’s music
wonder Louis Lortie teams up with the NJSO to perform Beethoven’s
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 5. This concert shows Beethoven at the
starting line of his career, full of youthful fire, and at his
Louis Lortie’s exploration of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos
with the NJSO continues with Nos. 2, 3 & 4. The “middle set”
holds surprisingly tender music, and passages of jaw-dropping
virtuosity, from the heaven-storming composer.
The “Jupiter” Symphony
offers inspiration for the sheer miracle and Swiss-watch perfection
of its final movement—and heartache, because this was Mozart’s last
symphony. Beloved Principal Bassoon Robert Wagner has served NJSO
audiences for 42 years; he plays the East Coast premiere of
Christopher Rouse’s lyrical concerto. And why not play with convention
and end with a starter: the rousing “Hi-yo, Silver!” curtain-raiser
to Rossini’s Guillaume Tell.
Since Conrad Tao’s
NJSO appearance four seasons ago, his career has exploded: he’s
written music for the New York Philharmonic, performed all over the
world and earned a huge spread in The
New York Times. He plays his own playful Spoonfuls and Tchaikovsky’s
big-shouldered First, with Shostakovich’s lighthearted Ninth
Brennan Sweet and Elzbieta Weyman play some of the loveliest music
ever written for violin and viola, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
Kathleen Nester makes the orchestra’s tiniest instrument sing loud
and proud in Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto. The sunshine of
Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony warms the entire program.
We end the season with
fireworks made in the USA. DBR kicks off the festivities with his
exciting new work. The sparkling talent of NJSO Principal Horn
Chris Komer shines in a new concerto written for him by four
leading jazz composers. Aaron Dworkin, the visionary founder of the
Sphinx Organization which lifts up young Black and Latinx
musicians, narrates Coleridge-Taylor’s moving Rhapsody with the words of our
nation’s first president. And the City of Lights swirls around you
in Gershwin’s beloved classic.
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