XIAN ZHANG conductor
ERIC WYRICK violin
ANNELLE GREGORY violin
STEVEN MACKEY electric guitar
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
It takes two: sparks fly in a pair of double concertos, one contemporary and one classic. NJSO Concertmaster Eric Wyrick does double duty alongside composer and guitarist Steven Mackey and, in Bach’s splendid Double Concerto, with the 2017 senior winner of the Sphinx Competition.
WEBER Overture to Oberon
Exciting and suspenseful; based on a medieval story of an Elf King who must search the globe for one faithful human couple.
STEVEN MACKEY Four Iconoclastic Episodes
“Music driven by energy, motion and joy of playing.” Mackey’s eclectic piece for violin and electric guitar includes hints of Radiohead, Chicago blues and much more.
BACH Concerto for Two Violins
Riveting and inspiring; its achingly lovely second movement was unforgettably featured in Children of a Lesser God as actress Marlee Matlin “heard” music.
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven’s heroic and triumphant overture tells the story of his only opera, Fidelio, bringing this palindrome concert to a delightful close.
NJSO Accent Events
Singalong Fun – Thu, May 16, at 12:30 pm
Come early and sing along to an entertaining selection of song favorites.
Classical Conversation – Fri, May 17, at 7 pm; Sat, May 18, at 7 pm and Sun, May 19, at 2 pm
Enjoy a lively Classical Conversation beginning one hour before the performance. Steven Mackey will chat with NJSO Director of Artistic Planning Patrick Chamberlain.
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The May 18 concert is generously sponsored by Northern Trust.