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Feb 22 - 25 , 2018

BRAHMS’ FIRST SYMPHONY

2017–18 Season

RUNE BERGMANN conductor
MARIANNE BEATE KIELLAND mezzo-soprano (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Brahms took 14 years to write his first symphony, a masterwork for all time. Celebrated Norwegian mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland journeys through Mahler’s searching Wayfarer, one delight from an unforgettable evening of late-Romantic treasures.

  • WAGNER Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Wagner’s opera was a departure in many ways from his usual style, but its overture retains his vivid sense of triumph and passion.

  • MAHLER Songs of a Wayfarer
    Mercurial and ecstatic, Mahler’s charming themes appear later in his first symphony. This, his first song cycle, announced his genius to the world.

  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
    Brahms, in awe of Beethoven’s Ninth, aspired to equal it in the finale of this proud and majestic symphony.

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NJSO ACCENTS

Classical Conversation—Sat, Feb 24 at 7 pm and Sun, Feb 25 at 2 pm
Enjoy a lively Classical Conversation before the performance. Learn more about the music from NJSO musicians, guest artists and other engaging insiders.

College Night—Sat, Feb 24, after the concert 
$10 tickets for college students include the concert and a post-concert party with refreshments and live entertainment. More info.

The Art of Violin Making—Sun, Feb 25, after the concert
Luthier Shan Jiang offers a fascinating look at the unique work of crafting a historic instrument in a modern age.