Education & Community Engagement Conductor Jeffrey Grogan conducts #OrchestraYou in the lobby of NJPAC.


Inspired by the concerts and designed to inspire you, NJSO Accents are pre- or post-concert events that complement the musical encounters and provide audience members with more opportunities to personally connect with the concert experience. Most events are free and open to all ticketholders; events with additional admission charges are noted.

Fall College Night

$10 tickets for college students include the concert and a post-concert party with refreshments and live entertainment.

» Sep 24 concert 
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American Poetry Reading

Enjoy a live reading by renowned poet Kurtis Lamkin—a Dodge Poetry Festival favorite—with tap accompaniment by Newark native Maurice Chestnut. Inspired by American musical icons Bernstein and Copland, Lamkin’s poetry selections and Chestnut’s dance accompaniment will provide an engrossing experience for listeners.

» Sep 25 concert
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Artist Talkback: Kiwi Notes

Radio personality Naomi Lewin chats with conductor and Kiwi-born Gemma New about the music of New Zealand, from indigenous to classical.

» Oct 8 & 9 concerts

Make Your Own Music

Arrive early and sing along to the melodies of Cole Porter, prior to a program of Tchaikovsky, who also knew a thing or two about great tunes.

» Oct 27 concert

Russian Poetry Reading

Savor Tchaikovsky’s music plus a rare opportunity to hear poems of his favorite poet, Alexander Pushkin, and more, both in the original Russian and English translation. Victoria Juharyan was a sensation at readings in 2015; she reprises her role here.

» Oct 29 & 30 concerts
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Talkback: Vienna, City of Dreams

All three of tonight’s composers found inspiration and magic in the city of Vienna. Host Naomi Lewin and soloists Eric Wyrick, Jonathan Spitz and Pedja Muzijevic take us to this enchanting city to find out why.

» Nov 3 & 6 concerts

Sing-along Fun

Come early and sing tunes of Elton John and other classic rock favorites.

» Nov 12 & 13 concerts

Toys for Tots

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the NJSO’s annual Toys for Tots drive.

» Nov 26 & 27 classical concerts and Nov 26 family concerts

Inside Indy

Get the inside scoop on Indiana Jones! Hear fun trivia and stories about the classic film trilogy and the man who portrays Indy on the big screen from Cinema Retro publisher and film expert Lee Pfeiffer, co-author of “The Films of Harrison Ford.”

» Jan 7 & 8 concerts

Tour and Recital

Tour Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, then relish a demonstration and mini-recital on its magnificent Schantz organ by John Miller, the Cathedral Basilica’s Director of Music Ministries, and the evening’s featured performer in Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony. Originally built in 1953–54, the Schantz organ was rebuilt with tonal alterations in 1989–90 and features 154 ranks, 193 stops and 9,513 pipes. This event has reached a capacity limit and reservations for this event are now closed.

» Jan 21 concert
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One of Pinchas Zukerman’s great passions is mentoring the next generation of players. Join host Ron Castaldo, violinist JoAnna Farrer and mentor participants from the NJSO’s Academy Orchestra for a discussion of the special relationship between musical mentors and the young musicians they inspire.

» Jan 22 concert


NJSO French horn player Chris Komer’s other musical love is jazz. Showcasing marvelous versatility, he performs a set of smooth jazz tunes.

» Jan 28 concert


Patrick Chamberlain, the NJSO’s Director of Artistic Planning, and friends decode the hidden messages in works such as Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

» Feb 25 concert


Find your flute, tune up your trombone or dust off your double bass and join forces with conductor Jeffrey Grogan, other audience members and NJSO players right in the lobby of NJPAC. Advance registration for participants is required by Feb 17; spectators are invited to stay and applaud this talented group.

» Feb 24 concert
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NJSO Violinist Darryl Kubian is also an accomplished theremin player, one of the most unusual instruments you’ll ever encounter. Here, he sets aside the violin and performs a set on this most ethereal of instruments.

» Mar 23

NJSO Food Drive

Non-perishable food items will be accepted at all performances in April for donation to local food banks.

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Spring College Night

$10 tickets for college students include the concert and a post-concert party with refreshments and live entertainment.

» Apr 7 concert
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A new immersive workshop with NJSO flutists, with a pre-concert Prelude Performance in the NJPAC lobby. Additional charge.

» Apr 29 concert
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Arrive early and sing the great songs of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, then enjoy the Sibelius Violin Concerto performed by another great team, Jennifer Koh and Xian Zhang.

» May 11 concert

Party on the Patio

Enjoy a tasty BBQ dinner with friends and other concertgoers, served on Count Basie Theatre’s beautiful outdoor covered patio! Additional charge; reservations required by June 2.

» June 10 concert
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And throughout the season:


  • Enjoy lively Classical Conversations with the musicians, guest artists and other NJSO insiders beginning one hour before select performances.
  • Our Ask a Musician program lets you get to know the musicians of the NJSO personally. Meet them during intermissions of most concerts.
  • Pre-Concert Festivities—dancing, sing-alongs or other surprises at select POPS concerts help set the tone for a rollicking good show.
  • Prelude Performances feature young musicians from the NJSO Academy—a suite of nationally recognized education programs—as well as community partners in pre-concert lobby performances.


NJSO Accents in Newark are generously sponsored by the Prudential Foundation.