XIAN ZHANG conductor
SIMON TRPČESKI piano
If you like your music larger than life, this is your concert. You’ll hear Simon Trpčeski’s towering talent in Liszt, and the strength of a massive orchestra in selections from Wagner’s epic opera cycle.
WAGNER Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
Ten minutes of utter serenity: Wagner has painted the most delicate sound, with soft strings evoking the tenderness of silver moonlight.
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2
NJSO audiences demanded Trpčeski’s return. Don’t miss him in this dazzler by the composer-pianist genius Franz Liszt.
WAGNER/arr. Maazel The Ring Without Words (NJSO Premiere)
Wagner’s four-night epic of Ring operas is full of heaven-storming music. The American conductor Lorin Maazel, who mentored Xian early in her career, arranged it into this amazing 60-minute suite.
Prelude Performance – Jan 18 at 7:15 pm
Hear captivating young musicians—led by NJSO Academy alumna Glynnis Gourhan—perform in State Theatre New Jersey’s Heldrich Room.
The Ring: A Closer Look – Jan 19 at 1:30 pm
Pianist and musicologist Jeffrey Swann explores Wagner’s epic opera cycle on stage before the NJSO performs The Ring Without Words.