Jan 11 - 14 , 2018


2017–18 Season Winter Festival

XIAN ZHANG conductor (pictured)

Just as American concertgoers of another era cheered Prokofiev and Respighi, audiences are raining accolades on 21-year-old Chinese pianist George Li, silver medalist in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, and NJSO’s Xian Zhang.

  • CHEN YI Ge Xu (NJSO Premiere)
    Dramatic and arresting; subtitled “Antiphony,” it sparks energy from the clash of modern and traditional styles.

  • PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
    Pianistic pyrotechnics, cutting wit and moments of tenderness; Prokofiev came to Chicago to premiere it.

  • RESPIGHI Fountains of Rome (NJSO Premiere)
    A spirited, evocative portrait of the Eternal City; it depicts a quartet of fountains at dawn, morning, afternoon and sunset.

  • RESPIGHI Pines of Rome
    Blooming and sumptuous, the closing piece Xian conducted on her first program with the NJSO in 2010; generations of moviegoers have enjoyed it as part of Disney’s Fantasia 2000.

NJSO Winter Festival pass

Get the most from the Winter Festival with a Festival Pass! For just $150 you get a prime seat for any—or all—of the nine Festival concerts, a ticket to the chamber music concert on Jan 25, complimentary entry to either wine tasting and a reserved front-row seat for all Festival Accent events. Buy the pass.


Talkback—Thu, Jan 11, after the concert
Listen as members of the NJSO’s international roster of musicians describe their own journeys to the US and New Jersey in the opening panel of the Winter Festival, America, Inspiring.

Wine Tasting—Sat, Jan 13, before the concert
Join wine and music expert Ron Merlino in an exclusive tasting of wines made of old-world grapes in new-world soil. $15 for the tasting, reservations required. More info and reservations.

Talkback—Sun, Jan 14, after the concert
What does New Jersey's diverse population really look like? Principal bassoon Robert Wagner discusses the NJSO's efforts to reach out to the many diverse communities in the Garden State.