Broadcast | Xian Conducts Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome

“Xian Zhang burst onto the stage like a firecracker.” So wrote The Star-Ledger in its review of Xian Zhang’s 2010 New Jersey Symphony debut conducting Respighi’s Pines of Rome. As music director, Zhang returned to the work in the 2018 Winter Festival, “America, Inspiring.” The program also featured the New Jersey Symphony debut of George Li in Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto.

XIAN ZHANG conductor

Program NotesConcert Info


CHEN YI Ge Xu (New Jersey Symphony Premiere)

PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3

RESPIGHI Fountains of Rome (New Jersey Symphony Premiere) and Pines of Rome

Program originally performed Jan 11–14, 2018. Recorded at NJPAC in Newark.
Broadcast March 2, 2018, on WWFM.

Behind the Scenes

Xian Zhang looks back on conducting Pines of Rome and connecting with New Jersey Symphony musicians in her debut with the Orchestra.