Broadcast | Orchestral Blockbusters

The connection between Music Director Xian Zhang and the NJSO 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 NJSO’s Sarah Seiver and Mark Timmerman share insight into their lives as professional musicians, followed by an NJSO broadcast of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Watch on Facebook or YouTube.

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

Behind the Scenes

NJSO Backstage: the beautiful artistry of the NJSO 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.

NJSO 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.