2020 Winter Festival

Music Director Xian Zhang’s love of music from opera and ballet inspires three weeks of epic works from the stage!

Xian’s handpicked scenes and arias from Mozart’s Don Giovanni tell the opera’s complete story, featuring singers from the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. The music is front and center in Wagner’s The Ring Without Words, arranged by Lorin Maazel, and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet provides crowdpleasing drama in this timeless story of star-crossed lovers.

Also front and center are three amazing soloists—pianist Inon Barnatan performing Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, NJSO Concertmaster Eric Wyrick performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 and pianist Simon Trpčeski performing Lizst’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

2020 Winter Festival Concerts

Jan 3 - 5, 2020 
2019-20 season

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet

2020 Winter Festival: Front & Center

XIAN ZHANG conductor
INON BARNATAN piano

Performed in Newark, Red Bank and Morristown
Jan 9 - 12, 2020 
2019-20 season

Mozart’s Don Giovanni

2020 Winter Festival: Front & Center

XIAN ZHANG conductor
ERIC WYRICK violin
Singers from the METROPOLITAN OPERA’S LINDEMANN YOUNG ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Performed in Englewood, Newark and New Brunswick
Jan 17 - 19, 2020 
2019-20 season

Wagner’s The Ring Without Words

2020 Winter Festival: Front & Center

XIAN ZHANG conductor
SIMON TRPČESKI piano

Performed in Princeton, New Brunswick and Newark