Superconductor: ‘NJSO opens with an impassioned Beethoven’s Ninth’
Superconductor reviews the NJSO’s opening-weekend program.
SUPERCONDUCTOR The next work was the soaring and lamenting Lyric for Strings by composer George Walker, a great American voice silenced earlier this year. A Pulitzer prize winner, Mr. Walker (who was 96 at the time of his passing on Aug. 23) is a major African-American composer whose works remain largely neglected by major symphonies, and yet find play in the programs of the NJSO. His minor key writing and long, arching phrases showed the new tautness of the already exemplary NJSO strings: evidence of Ms. Zhang's influence.