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More Info for Voice of Nature: the Anthropocene with Renée Fleming
Oct 6, 2024 
2024-25 Season

Voice of Nature: the Anthropocene with Renée Fleming

Includes Visuals from National Geographic Society!

Xian Zhang conductor
Renée Fleming soprano
New Jersey Symphony

A breathtaking start to the 2024–25 season with international superstar Renée Fleming. As fall colors flare, America’s most celebrated soprano adds the exquisite hues of her own voice to this concert, inspired by her 2023 Grammy Award-winning album, Voice of Nature: the Anthropocene. This special performance spans Classical, Romantic and contemporary music, exploring nature as both inspiration and victim of humanity. Come be immersed in the majesty of nature, as the music will be accompanied by stunning film by the National Geographic Society.

Performed in Newark
More Info for Xian Conducts Scheherazade
Nov 1 - 3, 2024 
2024-25 Season

Xian Conducts Scheherazade

New Jersey Symphony Classical

Xian Zhang conductor
Inon Barnatan piano
New Jersey Symphony

Performed in Princeton, Red Bank and Newark
More Info for Paquito D’Rivera with New Jersey Symphony
Nov 7 - 10, 2024 
2024-25 Season

Paquito D’Rivera with New Jersey Symphony

Part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival

Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor
Paquito D’Rivera guest artist & co-curator 
Paquito D’Rivera Quintet
Amber Monroe
soprano
New Jersey Symphony

Performed in Newark and Morristown
More Info for Stanley Clarke Presents Music from Boyz n the Hood
Nov 22, 2024 
2024-25 Season

Stanley Clarke Presents Music from Boyz n the Hood

Part of the TD Jazz Series

New Jersey Symphony

Bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke isn’t just an NEA Jazz Master, multi-GRAMMY® winner and veteran of 40+ albums. He’s also an accomplished composer of 65+ film and TV projects, including the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It and Romeo Must Die. His score for John Singleton’s 1991 Oscar-nominated Boyz n the Hood is one of his best, including the original song “Black on Black Crime.” Revisit the iconic soundtrack as the New Jersey Symphony plays along with the movie.

Performed in Newark
More Info for The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert
Dec 5 - 8, 2024 
2024-25 Season

The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert

New Jersey Symphony at the Movies

Constantine Kitsopoulos conductor
New Jersey Symphony

The New Jersey Symphony presents Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert featuring the complete film, with the score performed live to picture. The Muppets perform Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) and features many more of your favorite Muppet characters. This special holiday event is fun for the whole family!

Performed in Morristown, Red Bank, Newark and New Brunswick
More Info for New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker with New Jersey Symphony
Dec 13 - 26, 2024 
2024-25 Season

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker with New Jersey Symphony

Presented by New Jersey Ballet

Constantine Kitsopoulos conductor
New Jersey Ballet
New Jersey Symphony

New Jersey Ballet’s beloved annual tradition enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, eye-popping special effects and a touch of holiday magic, set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score performed live by New Jersey Symphony.

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker
Based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman

Performed in Morristown
More Info for A Gospel Holiday
Dec 14, 2024 
2024-25 Season

A Gospel Holiday

New Jersey Symphony Family Concert

New Jersey Symphony Gospel Chorus
New Jersey Symphony

Spotlighting celebrated artists from Newark and beyond, the New Jersey Symphony lauds the power of the first instrument—the human voice—with a gospel music inspired holiday extravaganza. Come ready to sing, dance and clap along!

Performed in Newark
More Info for Handel’s Messiah
Dec 20 - 22, 2024 
2024-25 Season

Handel’s Messiah

New Jersey Symphony Holiday Tradition

Jeannette Sorrell conductor
Sonya Headlam soprano
John Holiday countertenor
Ed Lyon tenor
Kevin Deas bass-baritone
Montclair State University Singers | Heather J. Buchanan, director
New Jersey Symphony

Spirits will soar at “Lift Up Your Heads” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” as well as the treasured arias that make Handel’s Messiah the must-hear classic of the holidays. Jeannette Sorrell, who “brings revelations” (Philadelphia Inquirer) to everything she conducts, leads the New Jersey Symphony and the phenomenal Montclair State University Singers.

Performed in Princeton and Newark
More Info for Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays Ravel
Jan 9 - 12, 2025 
2024-25 Season

Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays Ravel

New Jersey Symphony Classical

Kevin John Edusei conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano
New Jersey Symphony

Performed in Newark, Princeton and New Brunswick
More Info for 2025 Lunar New Year Celebration with Xian Zhang
Jan 25, 2025 
2024-25 Season

2025 Lunar New Year Celebration with Xian Zhang

Celebration of the Year of the Snake

Xian Zhang conductor
Min Kwon piano
Peking University Alumni Chorus
Starry Arts Children’s Chorus
| Rebecca Shen, director
New Jersey Symphony

Join us for this evening of community and cultural exchange that is wonderful for families and children, as we celebrate the Year of the Snake. Music Director Xian Zhang, pianist Min Kwon, the Peking University Alumni Chorus and the Starry Arts Children’s Chorus all return for this joyous concert.

Performed in Newark
More Info for Holst’s The Planets—An HD Odyssey
Jan 30 - Feb 2, 2025 
2024-25 Season

Holst’s The Planets—An HD Odyssey

New Jersey Symphony Classical

Xian Zhang conductor
Nancy Zhou violin
Montclair State University Prima Voce | Heather J. Buchanan, director
New Jersey Symphony

Performed in New Brunswick, Newark and Morristown
More Info for Warner Bros. Discovery presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
Feb 14 - 16, 2025 
2024-25 Season

Warner Bros. Discovery presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

New Jersey Symphony Special Concert |
30th Anniversary Concert

George Daugherty conductor
George Daugherty & David Ka Lik Wong creators
New Jersey Symphony

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is back! Celebrate Looney Tunes and its legendary stars, including Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and of course Bugs Bunny, our very favorite “wascally wabbit.” Enjoy classics including “Baton Bunny,” “The Rabbit of Seville” and “What’s Opera, Doc?” alongside Warner Bros. Discovery 3D theatrical shorts “Rabid Rider,” “Coyote Falls” and “Fur of Flying.” Don’t miss these extraordinary musical scores performed live by the New Jersey Symphony as all the action unfolds on the big screen.

Performed in Red Bank, Newark and New Brunswick
More Info for Brahms and Chopin
Feb 20 - 23, 2025 
2024-25 Season

Brahms and Chopin

New Jersey Symphony Classical

Christoph König conductor
Tony Siqi Yun piano
New Jersey Symphony

Performed in Newark, Red Bank and New Brunswick
More Info for The Firebird with Xian Zhang
Mar 7 - 9, 2025 
2024-25 Season

The Firebird with Xian Zhang

Featuring Nimbus Dance |
New Jersey Symphony Classical

Xian Zhang conductor
Jonathan Spitz cello
Nimbus Dance | Samuel Pott, artistic director & choreographer
New Jersey Symphony

Performed in Newark and Red Bank
More Info for Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
Mar 13 - 16, 2025 
2024-25 Season

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

New Jersey Symphony Classical

Xian Zhang conductor
Xavier Foley double bass
New Jersey Symphony

Performed in Newark, Princeton and Morristown
More Info for Vadim Gluzman Plays Brahms
Mar 20 - 23, 2025 
2024-25 Season

Vadim Gluzman Plays Brahms

New Jersey Symphony Classical

Lina González-Granados conductor 
Vadim Gluzman violin
New Jersey Symphony

Performed in New Brunswick, Red Bank and Newark
More Info for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Xian Zhang
Apr 3 - 6, 2025 
2024-25 Season

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Xian Zhang

New Jersey Symphony Classical

Xian Zhang conductor
Steven Banks saxophone
Felicia Moore soprano
Kelley O’Connor mezzo-soprano
Issachah Savage tenor
Reginald Smith Jr. baritone
Montclair State University Chorale | Heather J. Buchanan, director
New Jersey Symphony

Performed in Newark and New Brunswick
More Info for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert
Apr 9 - 13, 2025 
2024-25 Season

Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert

New Jersey Symphony at the Movies

Constantine Kitsopoulos conductor
New Jersey Symphony

Thirty years after the defeat of the Empire, Luke Skywalker has vanished, and a new threat has risen: The First Order, led by the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke and his enforcer, Kylo Ren. General Leia Organa’s military force, the Resistance—and unlikely heroes brought together by fate—are the galaxy’s only hope. Experience the complete film with the New Jersey Symphony performing John Williams’ thrilling score live.

Performed in Red Bank, Morristown, Newark and New Brunswick
More Info for Xian Conducts Mozart
May 16 - 18, 2025 
2024-25 Season

Xian Conducts Mozart

New Jersey Symphony Musicians Take the Spotlight!

Xian Zhang conductor
Eric Wyrick violin
Francine Storck violin
New Jersey Symphony

Performed in Princeton and Newark
More Info for Discover Mozart & Bach
May 17, 2025 
2024-25 Season

Discover Mozart & Bach

New Jersey Symphony Family Concert:
A Music Discovery Zone

Xian Zhang conductor
Eric Wyrick violin
Francine Storck violin
New Jersey Symphony

Discover what makes a live orchestra concert so special. We’ll take a deep dive into two joyous works by Mozart, as well as J.S. Bach’s incredibly famous Double Concerto for Two Violins. 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!

Performed in Newark
More Info for Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich
June 5 - 8, 2025 
2024-25 Season

Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich

Season Finale! | New Jersey Symphony Classical

Xian Zhang conductor
Conrad Tao piano
New Jersey Symphony

Performed in Morristown, Princeton, Red Bank and Newark