Monday, February 12, 2024

This Weekend! Aretha: A Tribute by NJSO



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Spend your Valentine’s Day weekend with your New Jersey Symphony as we celebrate Aretha Franklin!

Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin


This Weekend! Aretha: A Tribute
Thursday, February 15, at 7:30 pm | Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown
Friday, February 16, at 8 pm | Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank
Saturday, February 17, at 8 pm | New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark

Sunday, February 18, at 3 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick

Tickets from $25!



A tribute to the Queen of Soul, this program features symphony favorite Capathia Jenkins and three-time Grammy Award-nominee Ryan Shaw performing such iconic hits as "Respect," "Think," "A Natural Woman," "Chain of Fools," "Amazing Grace" and many others.

Lucas Waldin conductor
Capathia Jenkins vocalist
Ryan Shaw vocalist
New Jersey Symphony

Sunday’s concert is presented in collaboration with State Theatre New Jersey.


Experience these amazing concerts coming soon!

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
February 22–25


Eric Wyrick

The spotlight shines on New Jersey Symphony musicians! Reena Esmail’s wildly colorful overture RE|Member came to life during the pandemic and celebrates the regathering of musicians, and (spoiler!) has a fun bit of stage wizardry for oboe. The singing oboe of our magnificent principal Robert Ingliss takes pride of place in Strauss’ Oboe Concerto, written in the hopeful weeks after WWII. And Concertmaster Eric Wyrick will spark springtime hope in every heart from the first notes of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

Presented in Newark, Red Bank and New Brunswick



Xian Conducts Carmina Burana
March 1–3


Xian Zhang conducting the New Jersey Symphony and the MSU Chorale

Orff’s Carmina Burana pulses with springtime life, the text of this cantata taken from the bawdy writings of medieval monks who had more on their minds than scripture. Meanwhile, Kodály’s Dances of Galánta overflows with Hungarian flavor and memorable tunes, inspired by the folk music of the composer’s childhood. Between these, a work of exquisite musical reflection by Bach, his concerto for oboe d'amore, the duskier cousin of the modern oboe.

Presented in Newark



Batman in Concert
March 2


Batman in Concert promo

We’re sending out a Bat Signal … you’re invited to Batman in Concert. Watch Tim Burton’s 1989 film (PG-13) on the big screen as the New Jersey Symphony performs Danny Elfman’s iconic score, live.

Presented in Newark



Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony
March 14–17


Tom Borrow

Twenty-three years have flown since the New Jersey Symphony premiered David Ludwig’s amazing NightVision. The Symphony caught him on the cusp of a remarkable career that now finds him Dean of Juilliard. Young pianist Tom Borrow has been named "the very definition of ‘one to watch’" (International Piano) and he brings his astonishing technique and spirit to Mozart’s most dramatic concerto. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 with its riveting brass choruses will fill the hall with electricity and hope.

Presented in Newark, Princeton and Morristown



Matilda in Concert
March 22


Matilda in Concert promo

Acclaimed actor, producer and director Danny DeVito will join famed film composer David Newman and the New Jersey Symphony in a very special performance of Matilda in Concert at State Theatre New Jersey. Come see New Jersey native DeVito narrate the film, while Newman’s enchanting score is performed live to picture!

Presented in New Brunswick



Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert
April 4–7


Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert promo

In the spectacular climactic sixth episode of the Star Wars saga, Darth Vader readies the second Death Star to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance. Luke Skywalker joins R2-D2, C-3PO and Princess Leia to free Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt and launch a desperate attack upon the entire Imperial Fleet.

Presented in Morristown, Red Bank, New Brunswick and Newark



Jeremy Denk, Anna Clyne, Beethoven’s "Eroica"
May 16–19


Jeremy Denk

The sound of revolution. France’s Berlioz crafted a whole new world for the orchestra in his Roman Carnival Overture. Closer to home, The New York Times selected Anna Clyne for their feature "Five Minutes that Will Make You Love Classical Music," and her new piano concerto ATLAS in the hands of Jeremy Denk shows you why. And Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 bursts with an energy that shocked his contemporaries 200 years ago and still sounds new.

Presented in Morristown, Princeton and Newark



Discover Beethoven’s Eroica
New Jersey Symphony Family Concert: A Music Discovery Zone
May 18


Discover Beethoven's Eroica promo

Discover what makes a live orchestra concert so special. During this Relaxed Performance, we’ll take a deep dive into Beethoven’s "Eroica"–his breakout Third Symphony that broke all the rules and forged a new future for the symphonic form. Inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s masterful way of putting young audiences at the center of music-making, this interactive concert will feature inside tips, listening cues and fun facts that make for the perfect Saturday afternoon family outing! We encourage you and your families to bring your own sensory manipulatives, noise reduction headphones and other necessary tools that will allow you to react and enjoy the music in a way that is most natural for you.

Presented in Newark



Epic Scores of John Williams and More!
May 30–June 2


John Williams

Celebrate epic film scores with your New Jersey Symphony, from unforgettable themes composed by John Williams, to the golden age of cinema, to famous classical music moments in movies. Enjoy familiar favorites from Harry Potter and Star Wars alongside monumental musical moments from Apocalypse Now and Cast Away, and so much more. You won’t want to miss this love letter to film music!

Presented in Newark, Red Bank and New Brunswick

NOTE: John Williams will not be in attendance for these performances. This concert features selections from John Williams’ scores; no film projection.



Daniil Trifonov Plays Gershwin
June 6–9


Daniil Trifonov

American music swings into summer with hits from Gershwin’s pathbreaking opera, Porgy and Bess. Letting their instruments do the singing, the New Jersey Symphony soars through "Summertime," "It Ain’t Necessarily So" and other glories of Gershwin’s masterpiece. Only one way to top that: superstar pianist Daniil Trifonov playing Brahms with the New Jersey Symphony last season was a revelation, so we are thrilled at his return to wrap our season with a bang in Gershwin’s dance-filled Concerto in F. The New Jersey Symphony premieres an all-new commission from Resident Artistic Catalyst Daniel Bernard Roumain. A master storyteller, DBR will continue to wow New Jersey audiences with his genre-bending music.

Presented in New Brunswick, Princeton, Red Bank and Newark



We thank our generous sponsors!

The appearance of Montclair State University Chorale is supported in part by Mr. and Mrs. James Houghton.

The appearance of Tom Borrow is generously sponsored by Judy and Stewart Colton.

New Jersey Symphony Family Concert: Discover Beethoven’s Eroica is sponsored by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

Jessica Rivero Altarriba is the 2023–24 Colton Conducting Fellow, made possible by the generous support of Judy and Stewart Colton.

The season finale concerts are generously sponsored by the UJA Benefit Concert Supporting Foundation, in recognition of the centennials of both the New Jersey Symphony and the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Daniel Bernard Roumain’s commission is generously sponsored in part by Judith Musser.


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