ZHANG CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN
XIAN ZHANG conductor
ALBAN GERHARDT cello
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Melody reigns supreme as Tchaikovsky channels Mozart in the delightful Variations, with virtuoso cellist Alban Gerhardt as soloist. Beethoven’s Sixth is his most serene symphony, a vision of the countryside ruffled only by a passing thunderstorm, while “celestial” is an apt word to describe American composer Kernis’ gorgeous opener.
KERNIS Musica celestis (NJSO Premiere)
A modern-day ethereal Adagio for Strings—Kernis conjures the sound of medieval angels singing in praise of God.
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme
Agile and sprightly, Tchaikovsky’s Variations recall the effortless grace of Mozart’s music.
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”
For sheer beauty, few Beethoven pieces rival his ode to the splendors of the countryside.
The Oct 13 concert is generously sponsored by Novo Nordisk.
The Oct 15 performance is generously sponsored by Bank of America.