Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto
Featuring pianist George Li
XIAN ZHANG conductor
GEORGE LI piano
Three works of deeply felt emotion, and the NJSO return of astonishing young American pianist George Li. This program has it all: melodies that linger in the heart, rich harmonies and dance-like rhythms.
ANNA CLYNE Within Her Arms (NJSO Premiere)
A defining work in this Brooklyn-based composer’s career. Written for strings alone, this tender piece is the song of loss and memory for her mother.
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
Rachmaninoff wrote this concerto to showcase his exceptional talent and blindingly fast technique. It starts with a deceptively simple melody that every beginner can play, but it quickly becomes the Everest of all piano concertos—one that few soloists attempt to conquer.
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8
Dvořák’s Eighth poured out of him while he was surrounded by the cherished Bohemian countryside that was his inspiration. Close your eyes and you’ll see the colors of autumn, awash in sunlight.
Singalong Fun – Dec 5 at 12:30 pm
Join fellow music lovers and sing along to an entertaining selection of favorites in the lobby.
College Night – Dec 7 after the concert
$10 tickets for college students include the concert and a post-concert party with refreshments and live entertainment. njsymphony.org/college
Prelude Performance – Dec 8 at 2:15 pm
Enjoy a special 25-minute lobby performance by the NJSO Youth Orchestras’ Chamber Orchestra, conducted by NJSO violist Henry Kao.
Toys for Tots Drive
Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the NJSO's annual Toys for Tots drive.
Watch a preview of this weekend’s concert
Xian Zhang previews “the ultimate piano concerto”—Rachmaninoff’s Third. Don’t miss this monumental work with astonishing pianist George Li and the NJSO, Dec 5–8.