June 9, 2021

Arts in the Garden: Togetherness with DBR

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra & The Newark Museum of Art Summer Chamber Concert Series

Concert Information

Event Guidelines / Reglas Generales

  • In compliance with Mayor Baraka’s and the City of Newark’s Executive Order on May 19, all visitors, aged 12 and up, to large cultural and recreation venues in Newark, including The Newark Museum of Art, must be fully vaccinated to gain entrance to the Museum and the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Garden. Note: Full vaccination means a minimum of two weeks after your second shot for Moderna and Pfizer and after the one shot for Johnson & Johnson. As part of planning your visit, please be prepared to show proof of vaccination with copy of vaccination card or photo, along with personal identification.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance. No exceptions.
  • Access the event directly through the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden gate, located near the Museum parking lot. Doors open at 6:15 pm.
  • Have your digital or printed ticket ready to show to our Visitor Experience Assistant.
  • Event attendees must have their temperature screened upon entry to read below 100.4°F. Otherwise, they and their party, will not be admitted.
  • Attendees must wear a mask unless eating or drinking. Musicians will not be masked during the performance. Staff, volunteers, and contractors will wear masks. Certain musicians may of necessity not wear masks during their performances.
  • Chairs will be set six feet apart. Attendees can move their chairs to sit next to their guest(s) once they arrive at their seat.
  • No food or drinks will be available for purchase on the premises. Attendees may bring their own food and drinks. No alcohol allowed. Free water bottles will be available.
  • Restrooms will be accessible through the South Wing Entrance.

  • En conformidad con la Orden Ejecutiva del alcalde Baraka y la ciudad de Newark emitida el 19 de mayo, todo visitante, de 12 años de edad o mayor, a locales grandes culturales y de recreación en Newark, incluido The Newark Museum of Art, debe estar completamente vacunado para poder entrar al museo y al Jardín Alice Ransom Dreyfuss. Nota: Estar completamente vacunado significa un mínimo de dos semanas después de recibir su segunda dosis de las vacunas de Moderna o Pfizer o de recibir la única dosis de la vacuna de Johnson & Johnson. Como parte de la planificación de tu visita, pedimos que estés preparado para mostrar prueba de tu vacunación, con una copia o fotografía de tu tarjeta de vacunación, y documentos de identificación personal.
  • Las entradas estarán disponibles en los sitios web de ambas organizaciones, y deben comprarse con anticipación. Sin excepción alguna. 
  • Accede la función directamente por la entrada del Jardín Conmemorativo Alice Ransom Dreyfuss, ubicada cerca del estacionamiento del museo. Las puertas se abren a las 6:15 pm.
  • Ten tu entrada impresa o digital lista para mostrársela a nuestro ayudante encargado de la Experiencia del Visitante.
  • A los espectadores se les tomará la temperatura al entrar, que no debe superar los 100.4°F (38°C). De no ser así, no se les permitirá la entrada ni a ellos, ni a su grupo.
  • Los espectadores deben llevar una mascarilla salvo al comer o beber. Los músicos no llevarán mascarillas durante la presentación. Todo personal, voluntarios y contratistas llevarán mascarillas.
  • Las sillas se colocarán a seis pies de distancia la una de la otra. Los espectadores pueden mover sus sillas para sentarse junto a su(s) invitado(s) una vez lleguen a sus puestos.
  • No habrá comida ni bebidas disponibles a la venta en el local. Los espectadores pueden traer su propia comida y bebidas. No se permiten las bebidas alcohólicas. Botellas de agua gratuitas estarán disponibles.
  • Los baños se podrán acceder por la entrada del ala sur.

Parking / Estacionamiento

Parking is available next to the Museum for a $10 fee, with entrances located on Washington Street and Central Avenue.

Hay estacionamiento disponible al lado del museo a un costo de $10, con entradas en la calle Washington y la avenida Central. 

Composer’s Notes

DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN Lift Every Voice And ... (World Premiere)

Lift Every Voice And... is a variation on the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, composed by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamund Johnson, for the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday in 1905. My variation is for the people of New Jersey and the musicians of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, with the promise of light, life, and equity for all of us living and dreaming of a better today and a more loving tomorrow.

ALLISON-LOGGINS HULL Can You See? (World Premiere, NJSO Commission)

Can You See? was commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) for Arts in the Garden, a music series presented by both the NJSO and The Newark Museum of Art. I was asked to create an arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner with a mournful or somber approach that honors lives lost, while also pointing to what the role and responsibility of the living is.

The Star Spangled Banner refers to America as the “land of the free,” yet America is a country rooted in colonialism, slavery and violence. These foundations laid the framework for the racism, injustice and inequality that exist today and that has existed since the country’s inception. Confronting and acknowledging these truths begs us to question the true meaning and/or reality of the lyrics of The Star Spangled Banner, and Can You See? is a musical prompt to do just that.

Melodic material from The Star Spangled Banner is used throughout the flute and french horn lines, though the rhythms have been stretched out and are performed in a melancholy manner. These voices not only symbolize those we have lost in the name of “freedom,” but also those who have fallen victim to our unique and inhumane systematic and institutionalized practices. Like the blurred truth of the National Anthem, the strings create a soundworld that is cloudy, uncertain and bleary. The percussion reminds us that while it can often be difficult to stay steady, hopeful and forward-looking in a country with these realities, there is a responsibility to remain purposeful and strong in the pursuit of change.


Bank of America is proud to support the NJSO Resident Artistic Catalyst. DBR as Resident Artistic Catalyst is made possible in part by Judith Musser.