MUSIC AS YOU LIKE IT: 2014–15 Season
If music be the food of love, play on.
That’s what the lovesick Orsino said in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Four centuries later, Music Director Jacques Lacombe and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra answer the call with a season of music exactly as you like it: treasured favorites, delightful discoveries and an international roster of gifted artists and conductors at six marvelous venues.
For a full list of programs presented in the 2014–15 season, click here.
The NJSO’s 2014–15 season beckons with such monumental masterworks as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Brahms’ Double Concerto, Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony and much more.
January’s Winter Festival launches a two-season exploration of music inspired by Shakespeare’s divine dramas. Sensational violinist Sarah Chang anchors this season’s festival in a two-week residency, generously sponsored by Bank of America.
INTERNATIONAL ROSTER OF GUEST ARTISTS
In addition to Sarah Chang, audience favorites Christoph König, Xian Zhang, Marc-André Hamelin, Gil Shaham and Serhiy Salov return to NJSO stages.
LEARN MORE AND RENEW TODAY
The NJSO performs in six marvelous venues. Select a venue and series below to learn more about the music—as you like it, where you like it.
To view a chronological list of all 2014–15 season events, click here.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
NJPAC in Newark really does have it all—a warm, inviting atmosphere, convenient on-site dining and parking options, spacious lobby areas and superb acoustics for orchestral concerts. Choose from more than 30 classical, pops and family offerings, including performances by Sarah Chang and Gil Shaham; masterworks including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Mahler’s First Symphony; a tribute to the music of Motown and the iconic film Singin’ in the Rain screened with live orchestral accompaniment.
in New Brunswick
There’s plenty to love at State Theatre in New Brunswick, located in the heart of the New Brunswick arts district. Enjoy Orff’s earth-shaking Carmina Burana, Gil Shaham performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, two Winter Festival concerts inspired by Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky’s heart-wrenching “Pathétique,” the tight harmonies of Motown and Gene Kelly splashing through puddles in Singin’ in the Rain with live orchestral accompaniment.
Prefer your concerts at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton? The music envelops you in this intimate space, located on the Princeton University campus, directly across from Palmer Square. The NJSO’s five-concert Princeton series features Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Brahms’ gorgeous Double Concerto with Eric Wyrick and Jonathan Spitz.
Count Basie Theatre
in Red Bank
Enjoy the NJSO in the ornate surroundings of the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, which is conveniently located near great restaurants and free parking. Highlights of the season include Gil Shaham playing Mendelssohn’s brilliant Violin Concerto, Mozart’s sparkling Flute and Harp Concerto, Rachamaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony.
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Fans attending Sunday afternoon performances at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown can relax in the newly renovated lobby space (including additional restrooms and an elevator to the balcony level) before concerts featuring Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony, Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 and Sarah Chang performing Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite.
Make an evening of it at bergenPAC in Englewood—grab a bite at one of the many eateries in the area, or plan drinks after these four Thursday-night concerts. Sarah Chang takes center stage with a passionate suite from Bernstein’s West Side Story, and the Orchestra performs Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and—in the stunning season finale—Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and “Emperor” Piano Concerto.
Singin' in the Rain photo by permission of the Gene Kelly Image Trust.