Oct 5, 2018 
2018-19 Season

Special Event: Opening Night Celebration

Includes the Beethoven’s Ninth concert!

Raise your glass and join us for Xian Zhang’s third Opening Night Celebration with the NJSO. We will be celebrating the joys of giving, diversity and the remarkable community in which we live, while honoring two outstanding community members—Nariman Farvardin, President of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, and Florence Johnson, NJSO Community Relations Liaison.

Oct 5 - 7, 2018 
2018-19 Season

Zhang Conducts Beethoven 9

2018–19 Season

  • XIAN ZHANG conductor (pictured)
  • MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS soprano
  • ELIZABETH BISHOP mezzo-soprano
  • LORENZO DECARO tenor
  • REGINALD D. SMITH JR. baritone
  • MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY SINGERS
  • MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY CHORALE
  • NEWARK VOICES
  •   Heather J. Buchanan, conductor
  • NEW JERSEY YOUTH CHORUSES Trish Joyce, artistic director
  • NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Performed in Newark and New Brunswick
Oct 11 - 14, 2018 
2018-19 Season

Seong-Jin Cho Plays Chopin

2018–19 Season

OTTO TAUSK conductor 
SEONG-JIN CHO piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Englewood, Morristown and Newark
Oct 27, 2018 
2018-19 Season

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert

2018–19 Season

Grab your broom and get ready for the tasks ahead! The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts™ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the NJSO performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score live.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

Performed in Newark
Nov 1 - 4, 2018 
2018-19 Season

Augustin Hadelich Returns

2018–19 Season

CHRISTOPH KÖNIG conductor 
AUGUSTIN HADELICH violin
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, New Brunswick, Princeton and Red Bank
Nov 17, 2018 
2018-19 Season

Bravo Beethoven!

2018–19 Family Concert

JOSÉ LUIS DOMÍNGUEZ conductor
SAMANTHA FERRARA narrator and host
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

We all love Ludwig! Enjoy a full concert of Beethoven’s most wonderful pieces, including excerpts from the Fifth and Seventh symphonies and some of his most exciting overtures. But even though you think you know Beethoven—surprise! What unexpected discoveries await at this boisterous, beautiful concert?!

Performed in Newark
Nov 23 - 25, 2018 
2018-19 Season

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

2018–19 Pops Movie Series

Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy, as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire and learns the ways of the Force. Don’t miss Star Wars: A New Hope in concert, with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ Oscar-winning score live to the complete film.

CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOS conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, New Brunswick and Red Bank
Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2018 
2018-19 Season

Rhapsody in Blue & The Firebird

2018–19 Season

JOSHUA WEILERSTEIN conductor
AARON DIEHL piano  
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark and New Brunswick
Dec 14 - 27, 2018 
2018-19 Season

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker with the NJSO

2018–19 Season

An annual seasonal favorite enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, live orchestra, eye-popping special effects and a touch of holiday magic.

TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker
Based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffman

Performed in Morristown
Dec 14 - 16, 2018 
2018-19 Season

Handel’s Messiah

2018–19 Season

PATRICK DUPRÉ QUIGLEY conductor
MARGOT ROOD soprano
REGINALD MOBLEY countertenor
STEVEN SOPH tenor
CHARLES WESLEY EVANS baritone
MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY SINGERS
      Heather J. Buchanan, conductor
Members of the NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark and Richardson Auditorium in Princeton
Dec 15, 2018 

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert Live to Film

Presented by New Jersey Performing Arts Center

NJPAC’s Prudential Hall will transform into Halloween Town for this very special screening of Disney’s timeless holiday classic, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, with Danny Elfman’s score performed live by the NJSO.

THIAGO TIBERIO conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Jan 4 - 6, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

2018–19 Pops Movie Series

After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped—with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Star Wars and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra join forces for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in concert, featuring the iconic movie on the big screen with the NJSO performing John Williams’ legendary score live.

CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOS conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, New Brunswick and Red Bank
Jan 10 - 13, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Emanuel Ax & Xian Zhang

2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks

XIAN ZHANG conductor
EMANUEL AX piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Englewood, Newark and New Brunswick
Jan 18 - 20, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Dawn Upshaw & Xian Zhang

2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks

XIAN ZHANG conductor
DAWN UPSHAW soprano
JAY ANDERSON bass | FRANK KIMBROUGH piano | SCOTT ROBINSON clarinet
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, Princeton and Red Bank
Jan 25 - 27, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Daniil Trifonov & Xian Zhang

2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks

XIAN ZHANG conductor
DANIIL TRIFONOV piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Morristown, Newark and New Brunswick
Feb 2, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Chinese New Year Celebration

2018–19 Season

Start a new tradition at the NJSO’s first-ever Chinese New Year celebration, conducted by Xian Zhang. Whether you live in Newark or hail from its Chinese sister city, Xuzhou, you have a seat amongst the family of music lovers at the NJSO!

LI HUANZHI Spring Festival Overture (NJSO Premiere)
TAN DUN The Triple Resurrection (NJSO Premiere)
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy
Opera Choruses and Traditional Chinese Songs

XIAN ZHANG conductor
MIN KWON piano
ERIC WYRICK violin
JONATHAN SPITZ cello
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark
Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto

2018–19 Season

HANS GRAF conductor
JEFFREY KAHANE piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Englewood and Newark
Mar 7 - 10, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Debussy Masterworks

2018–19 Season

JUN MÄRKL conductor
INGRID FLITER piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, New Brunswick and Red Bank
Mar 22 - 24, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Zhang Conducts Brahms 4

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
JOHANNES MOSER cello
Members of the NJSO HORN SECTION
  Chris Komer
principal | Andrea Menousek | Lawrence DiBello; Eric Reed horn
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Morristown, Newark and Princeton
Apr 5 - 7, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Sarod & Scheherazade

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
AMJAD ALI KHAN sarod (pictured)
AMAAN ALI BANGASH sarod
AYAAN ALI BANGASH sarod
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark and New Brunswick
Apr 12 - 14, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Mary Poppins in Concert with the NJSO

2018–19 Pops Movie Series

Step in time, it’s one heart-tugging, toe-tapping song after another in the beloved film Mary Poppins! This family-friendly, symphonic cinema event features the five-time Oscar-winning classic Disney film unfolding on the big screen with the NJSO performing the charming and delightful musical score. Don’t miss this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious wonder live with the NJSO!

STUART CHAFETZ conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, New Brunswick and Red Bank
Apr 25 - 28, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Xian Conducts Mozart

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
SIMONE DINNERSTEIN piano (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Morristown, Newark and Red Bank
May 11, 2019 
2018-19 Season

The Sound of Stories: Harry Potter & More!

2018–19 Family Concert

It’s a season of stories in music at the NJSO, and you get in on the fun, too! Listen in wonder as some of your favorite stories are told through music, including Tchaikovsky’s enchanted The Nutcracker and magical Swan Lake, romantic Romeo and Juliet and even the tale of your favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter!

Performed in Newark
May 16 - 19, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Art of the Double Concerto

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
ERIC WYRICK violin
ANNELLE GREGORY violin
STEVEN MACKEY electric guitar
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, New Brunswick and Princeton
June 6 - 9, 2019 
2018-19 Season

Blockbuster All-Orchestral Season Finale

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Englewood, Newark, Princeton and Red Bank