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 NJSO 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 NJSO debut of George Li in Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto.
XIAN ZHANG conductor
GEORGE LI piano
CHEN YI Ge Xu (NJSO Premiere)
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
RESPIGHI Fountains of Rome (NJSO 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 NJSO musicians in her debut with the Orchestra