Dec 15, 2018 

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert Live to Film

Presented by New Jersey Performing Arts Center

NJPAC’s Prudential Hall will transform into Halloween Town for this very special screening of Disney’s timeless holiday classic, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, with Danny Elfman’s score performed live by the NJSO.

THIAGO TIBERIO conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark
Jan 5, 2019 

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

2018–19 Pops Movie Series

After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped—with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Star Wars and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra join forces for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in concert, featuring the iconic movie on the big screen with the NJSO performing John Williams’ legendary score live.

CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOS conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, New Brunswick and Red Bank
Jan 12, 2019 

Emanuel Ax & Xian Zhang

2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks

XIAN ZHANG conductor
EMANUEL AX piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Englewood, Newark and New Brunswick
Jan 20, 2019 

Dawn Upshaw & Xian Zhang

2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks

XIAN ZHANG conductor
DAWN UPSHAW soprano
JAY ANDERSON bass | FRANK KIMBROUGH piano | SCOTT ROBINSON clarinet
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, Princeton and Red Bank
Jan 25, 2019 

Daniil Trifonov & Xian Zhang

2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks

XIAN ZHANG conductor
DANIIL TRIFONOV piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Morristown, Newark and New Brunswick
Feb 2, 2019 

Special Event: Chinese New Year Celebration Gala

Includes the Chinese New Year Celebration concert!

Performed in Newark
Feb 2, 2019 

Chinese New Year Celebration Concert

2018–19 Season

Start a new tradition at the NJSO’s first-ever Chinese New Year celebration, conducted by Xian Zhang. Musical riches abound in this program that blends Eastern and Western musical traditions. Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture is beloved in China yet almost reminiscent of Copland’s America. Songs and arias from opera and traditional Chinese culture show that music bridges all cultures. Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with pianist Min Kwon brings all elements of this sumptuously crafted program together in a joyful performance.

Performed in Newark
Mar 2, 2019 

Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto

2018–19 Season

HANS GRAF conductor
JEFFREY KAHANE piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Englewood and Newark
Mar 7, 2019 

Debussy Masterworks

2018–19 Season

JUN MÄRKL conductor
INGRID FLITER piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, New Brunswick and Red Bank
Mar 23, 2019 

Zhang Conducts Brahms 4

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
JOHANNES MOSER cello
Members of the NJSO HORN SECTION
  Chris Komer
principal | Andrea Menousek | Lawrence DiBello; Eric Reed horn
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Morristown, Newark and Princeton
Apr 5, 2019 

Sarod & Scheherazade

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
AMJAD ALI KHAN sarod (pictured)
AMAAN ALI BANGASH sarod
AYAAN ALI BANGASH sarod
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark and New Brunswick
Apr 13, 2019 

Mary Poppins in Concert with the NJSO

2018–19 Pops Movie Series

Step in time, it’s one heart-tugging, toe-tapping song after another in the beloved film Mary Poppins! This family-friendly, symphonic cinema event features the five-time Oscar-winning classic Disney film unfolding on the big screen with the NJSO performing the charming and delightful musical score. Don’t miss this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious wonder live with the NJSO!

STUART CHAFETZ conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, New Brunswick and Red Bank
Apr 25, 2019 

Xian Conducts Mozart

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
SIMONE DINNERSTEIN piano (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Morristown, Newark and Red Bank
May 11, 2019 

The Sound of Stories: Harry Potter & More!

2018–19 Family Concert

It’s a season of stories in music at the NJSO, and you get in on the fun, too! Listen in wonder as some of your favorite stories are told through music, including Tchaikovsky’s enchanted The Nutcracker and magical Swan Lake, romantic Romeo and Juliet and even the tale of your favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter!

Performed in Newark
May 16, 2019 

Art of the Double Concerto

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
ERIC WYRICK violin
ANNELLE GREGORY violin
STEVEN MACKEY electric guitar
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Newark, New Brunswick and Princeton
June 1, 2019 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

Year Five begins! Between crushing on Cho Chang, studying for his O.W.L.s and the ever-growing number of detentions from Professor Umbridge™, Harry Potter™ must find the time to discover the secret of his terrible nightmares! See Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert on the big screen in high-definition and experience the NJSO performing Nicholas Hooper’s iconic score live.

Performed in Newark
June 9, 2019 

Blockbuster All-Orchestral Season Finale

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performed in Englewood, Newark, Princeton and Red Bank