Broadcast | Orchestral Blockbusters

The connection between Music Director Xian Zhang and the New Jersey Symphony was front and center in a 2018–19 season finale featuring orchestral showpieces: Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony and selections from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

XIAN ZHANG conductor

Program NotesConcert Info



MENDELSSOHN Selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Program originally performed June 6–9, 2019. Recorded at NJPAC in Newark.
Broadcast October 4, 2019, on WWFM.

Broadcast & Chat on social media

Watch the New Jersey Symphony’s Sarah Seiver and Mark Timmerman share insight into their lives as professional musicians, followed by an New Jersey Symphony broadcast of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Watch on Facebook or YouTube.

The New Jersey Symphony hosts biweekly Broadcast & Chats on Facebook as an opportunity for everyone to connect with New Jersey Symphony musicians and listen to pre-recorded concerts together. Learn more.

Behind the Scenes

New Jersey Symphony Backstage: the beautiful artistry of the New Jersey Symphony musicians takes center stage in Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “I wish to showcase the whole orchestra,” Xian Zhang says.

New Jersey Symphony flute and piccolo player Kathleen Nester talks about how Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream evokes the magical feel of Shakespeare’s play.