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Featured Concerts

Still & Dvořák: An NJSO Concert Film

Premieres Jan 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and DreamPlay Films present a concert film featuring captivating performances of Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings, Still’s Mother and Child and Puccini’s I Crisantemi. Coleridge-Taylor’s arrangement of the spiritual Deep River features Music Director Xian Zhang performing on the piano for the very first time with the NJSO in concert, joined by Concertmaster Eric Wyrick on violin.

This NJSO Concert Film is conducted by Music Director Xian Zhang, and directed by Yuri Alves. The concert was recorded on October 23, 2020, at NJPAC in Newark, NJ.


Daniel Bernard Roumain & Mozart: An NJSO Concert Film

Premiered Nov 19, 2020

Experience the world premiere of Daniel Bernard Roumain’s i am a white person who ____ Black people, a new NJSO commission. Soloists from the Sphinx Organization take center stage for Michael Abels’ Delights & Dances. Abels has risen to national attention with his stirring scores for Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning film Get Out and Us. This program includes audience favorites Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major, K. 136.

This NJSO Concert Film is conducted by Music Director Xian Zhang, directed by Yuri Alves and produced by DreamPlay Films.


On-Demand Performances & Concerts

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’

Premieres Jan 5, 2021

Broadway veteran Rema Webb and an NJSO quintet perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel in the first of a four-part collaborative series with Paper Mill Playhouse.

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A Classical New Year’s: Overture to Die Fledermaus

Premiered Dec 31, 2020

Ring in 2021 in Viennese style with the NJSO Chamber Players! Enjoy the Overture to Die Fledermaus in this special arrangement for string quartet, featuring Associate Concertmaster Brennan Sweet, violinist Wendy Chen, violist Brett Deubner and Assistant Principal Cello Na-Young Baek. Happy New Year!

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‘Winter Wonderland’

Premiered Dec 9, 2020

Walk in a "Winter Wonderland" with us tonight, as Acting Principal Clarinet Pascal Archer kicks off NJSO at Home for the Holidays in style!

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Home for the Challah Days: Baking with the NJSO’s Andrew Adelson

Premiered Dec 10, 2020

Happy Hanukkah! Learn how to make challah, a special braided bread eaten on Jewish holidays, with NJSO English hornist and oboist Andrew Adelson, who shares his family tradition.

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‘Sleepers Awake’

Premiered Dec 11, 2020

Bach for more holiday cheer? NJSO Assistant Principal Bass Alexander Bickard has you covered with his own arrangement of "Sleepers Awake" for mandolin and two basses.

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Christmas Carols with the Bakers

Premiered Dec 12, 2020

NJSO Principal Trombone Charlie Baker and his wife, former NJSO and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra hornist Michelle Baker, share a pair of Christmas carols and talk about their family's traditional involvement with the Salvation Army at Christmastime.

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‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’

Premiered Dec 13, 2020

Happy holidays from the Larson family! Hear NJSO trumpeter David Larson and his daughter, Gabrielle, share their trumpet-cello rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and hear about their family's Norwegian holiday traditions and food.

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A Rockin' Tuba Christmas

Premiered Dec 14, 2020

It's hard to have a blue Christmas when you've got four Derek Fenstermachers bringing you an original tuba arrangement of rockin' holiday hits!

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Polish Christmas Traditions

Premiered Dec 15, 2020

Christmas Eve is a special day of celebration in Poland. NJSO violinist Fatima Aaziza shares her Polish Christmas traditions—from family gatherings to midnight mass—and plays "God is Born," a Polish Christmas carol.

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Home for the Holidays with Tina the Cat

Premiered Dec 16, 2020

Tina the Cat celebrates the holidays with her favorite human, NJSO English hornist and oboist Andrew Adelson, and her favorite composer, Bach. Featuring Adelson’s oboe d’amore and English horn arrangement of Bach's Invention No. 14, BWV 785.

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Holiday Special

Premiered Dec 17, 2020

Cozy up by the fire and get in the holiday spirit! Mark Timmerman hosts an NJSO at Home for the Holidays special filled with festive performances, traditions and more than one dancing Santa. Happy holidays, from our homes to yours!

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Hanukkah Traditions

Premiered Dec 18, 2020

Happy Hanukkah! Last night, NJSO Principal Flutist Bart Feller shared some of his favorite Hanukkah traditions and a performance of Tumbalalaika for the NJSO at Home for the Holidays Special.

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Handel’s Messiah: ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ & ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus

Premiered Dec 18, 2020

What’s your holiday tradition? Ours is performing Handel’s Messiah with our longtime friends at Montclair State University, and this is year is no different! Celebrate with two movements of Messiah as the NJSO performs from home while MSU has come up with creative new ways to sing as a socially distant choir.

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‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’

Premiered Dec 19, 2020

The NJSO Youth Orchestras are feeling the holiday spirit! Enjoy this special showcase performance of "Ding Dong Merrily on High," with a guest appearance by NJSO Principal Tuba Derek Fenstermacher.

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Holiday Medley with Minji Kwon

Premiered Dec 20, 2020

The more Minji Kwons the merrier! Minji brings her signature style to her own four-violin arrangement of “I Have a Little Dreidel,” “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World” in this holiday medley.

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‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’

Premiered Dec 21, 2020

All we want for Christmas is Pascal Archer's brilliant rendition of a holiday classic! Our acting principal clarinet pulls out all the stops—and all the sweaters!—for "All I Want for Christmas is You."

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Fauré: Pavane, Op. 50

Premiered Dec 22, 2020

Enjoy a performance of Fauré's Pavane, Op. 50, by the NJSO Chamber Players featuring Assistant Principal Second Violin Rebekah Johnson, Acting Principal Clarinet Pascal Archer, oboist and English hornist Andrew Adelson, bassoonist Mark Timmerman and hornist Andrea Menousek.

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‘Bugler’s Holiday’

Premiered Dec 23, 2020

If a rousing performance gets you on the nice list, then Assistant Principal Trumpet Anderson Romero, Principal Bass Ha Young Jung and Principal Timpani Greg LaRosa DEFINITELY make the nice list with this performance of “Bugler’s Holiday”!

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Christmas Traditions with Xin Zhao

Premieres Dec 24, 2020

NJSO violinist Xin Zhao shares the story behind her family’s homemade Nativity scene in this Christmas Eve edition of NJSO at Home for the Holidays. Featuring Bach/Gounod’s “Ave Maria” performed by Xin and her daughter, Lillian.

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Nutcracker with Maya

Premiered Dec 25, 2020

Merry Christmas! NJSO violinist Maya Shiraishi brings Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Overture to life with her own arrangement for two violins and piano.

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‘Sleigh Ride’

Premiered Dec 26, 2020

Take a Sleigh Ride with us as we close NJSO at Home for the Holidays! Principal Trumpet Garth Greenup, Assistant Principal Trumpet Anderson Romero, hornist Lawrence DiBello, Principal Trombone Charles Baker and Principal Tuba Derek Fenstermacher bring holiday cheer as we say goodbye to 2020.

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NJSO Everywhere :: Newark | Jessie Montgomery – Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin

Premiered Dec 2, 2020

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and DreamPlay Films present NJSO EVERYWHERE :: Newark, featuring NJSO Assistant Concertmaster David Southorn in a special performance of Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin, a bold new work by Princeton-based composer Jessie Montgomery.

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TGI Bach | Cello Suite Favorites

Premiered Nov 20, 2020

Principal Cello Jonathan Spitz performs the Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major in this edition of TGI Bach. Delta Dental sponsors this NJSO Couch Concert.

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DBR’s Lecolion Loops

Premiered Nov 16, 2020

Black Lives Matter. Amid the social justice movement of 2020, Principal Bassoon Robert Wagner interviews composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and performs the second movement of DBR’s Lecolion Loops with Acting Principal Clarinet Pascal Archer.

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TGI Bach | Cello Suite Favorites

Premiered Nov 13, 2020

TGI Bach continues with the Prelude from Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor featuring NJSO cellist Philo Lee.

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Couch Concert | ‘I Live My Life in Growing Orbits’

Premiered Nov 12, 2020

Ever wanted to fly? This NJSO chamber performance of Trent Johnson's "I Live My Life in Growing Orbits" is the musical equivalent! Featuring the NJSO's Andrew Lamy and Kathleen Nester, singer Shabnam Abedi and the composer himself.

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Selections from Emmett Till

Premiered Nov 10, 2020

The NJSO joins forces with Newark-based opera company Trilogy for a special video presentation of selections from Michael Raphael’s Emmett Till oratorio.

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TGI Bach | Cello Suite Favorites

Premiered Nov 6, 2020

NJSO Colton Fellow Laura Andrade performs Bourée I and II from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major as part of our TGI Bach series.

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TGI Bach | Cello Suite Favorites

Premiered Oct 30, 2020

Assistant Principal Cello Na-Young Baek performs the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor as part of our TGI Bach series.

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Beethoven 5

Premiered Oct 29, 2020

Music Director Xian Zhang virtually conducts the NJSO in a full-orchestra video featuring the final movements of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

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NJSO at Home: TGI Bach | Cello Suite Favorites

Premiered Oct 23, 2020

NJSO cellist Ted Ackerman kicks off a six-week TGI Bach series featuring NJSO cellists performing favorite movements from Bach’s famous cello suites with the Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major. This series is part of NJSO at Home.

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