Hugh Wolff conductor
Richard Goode piano
New Jersey Symphony
Beethoven Egmont Overture
The powerful and expressive Egmont Overture distills all of Beethoven’s musical hallmarks—storminess, heroism, triumph—into eight minutes. In 1956, this stirring piece helped inspire a nationwide uprising against the Marxist-Leninist government of the Hungarian People’s Republic.
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25
American classical pianist Richard Goode is recognized worldwide for the special touch and insight he brings to Mozart. Hear his effortless artistry in this most regal of Mozart’s concertos.
Aaron Jay Kernis Symphony No. 2
Former New Jersey Symphony Music Director Hugh Wolff returns to a work he premiered with the Symphony back in 1992. Kernis wrote this symphony to express his complex views on the just-beginning Persian Gulf War.
Ravel La Valse
La Valse is one Ravel’s most intense and colorful works; originally composed as a series of waltzes for the piano, it is now most often heard as an orchestral piece. The work encapsulates in music the horrifying destruction faced by turn-of-the-century Europe on the eve of World War I.
Friday, December 2, at 7 pm and Sunday, December 4 at 2 pm
Enjoy a lively Classical Conversation before the performance. Learn more about the music from New Jersey Symphony musicians, guest artists and other engaging insiders.
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The return of past music directors of the New Jersey Symphony is generously supported by Dr. Morris and Mrs. Charlotte Tanenbaum.
Programs and artists are subject to change.