2018–19 Season Events

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Oct 5 - Oct 7

Zhang Conducts Beethoven 9

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor (pictured)
MARY-ELIZABETH WILLIAMS soprano
ELIZABETH BISHOP mezzo-soprano
LORENZO DECARO tenor
REGINALD D. SMITH JR. bass
MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY SINGERS
MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY CHORALE
NEWARK VOICES
  Heather J. Buchanan, conductor
NEW JERSEY YOUTH CHORUSES Trish Joyce, artistic director
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Oct 11 - Oct 14

Seong-Jin Cho Plays Chopin

2018–19 Season

OTTO TAUSK conductor 
SEONG-JIN CHO piano (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Nov 1 - Nov 4

Augustin Hadelich Returns

2018–19 Season

CHRISTOPH KÖNIG conductor 
AUGUSTIN HADELICH violin (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Nov 17 - Nov 17

Bravo Beethoven!

2018–19 Family Concerts

We all love Ludwig! Enjoy a full concert of Beethoven’s most wonderful pieces, including excerpts from the Fifth and Seventh symphonies and some of his most exciting overtures. But even though you think you know Beethoven—surprise! What unexpected discoveries await at this boisterous, beautiful concert?!

Nov 23 - Nov 25

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

2018-19 Pops Movie Series

Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy, as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire and learns the ways of the Force. Don’t miss Star Wars: A New Hope in concert, with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ Oscar-winning score live to the complete film.

CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOS conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Nov 29 - Dec 2

Rhapsody in Blue & The Firebird

2018-19 Season

JOSHUA WEILERSTEIN conductor
AARON DIEHL piano (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Dec 14 - Dec 16

Messiah

2018–19 Season

PATRICK DUPRÉ QUIGLEY conductor
MARGOT ROOD soprano
REGINALD MOBLEY countertenor
STEVEN SOPH tenor
CHARLES WESLEY EVANS baritone
MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY SINGERS
      Heather J. Buchanan, conductor
Members of the NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Jan 4 - Jan 6

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

2018-19 Pops Movie Series

After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped—with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Star Wars and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra join forces for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in concert, featuring the iconic movie on the big screen with the NJSO performing John Williams’ legendary score live.

CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOS conductor
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Jan 10 - Jan 13

Zhang & Ax: Transformation

2018–19 Season Winter Festival

XIAN ZHANG conductor
EMANUEL AX piano (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Jan 18 - Jan 20

Zhang & Upshaw: Earth & Heaven

2018–19 Season Winter Festival

XIAN ZHANG conductor
DAWN UPSHAW soprano (pictured)
JAY ANDERSON bass | FRANK KIMBROUGH piano | SCOTT ROBINSON clarinet
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Jan 25 - Jan 27

Zhang & Trifonov: The Eternal

2018–19 Season Winter Festival

XIAN ZHANG conductor
DANIIL TRIFONOV piano (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Feb 2 AT 7:30 PM

Chinese New Year Celebration

2018–19 Season

Start a new tradition at the NJSO’s first-ever Chinese New Year celebration, conducted by Xian Zhang. Whether you live in Newark or hail from its Chinese sister city, Xuzhou, you have a seat amongst the family of music lovers at the NJSO!

LI HUANZHI Spring Festival Overture (NJSO premiere)
TAN DUN The Triple Resurrection (NJSO premiere)
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy
Opera Choruses and Traditional Chinese Songs

XIAN ZHANG conductor
MIN KWON piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Feb 28 - Mar 3

Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto

2018–19 Season

HANS GRAF conductor
JEFFREY KAHANE piano (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Mar 7 - Mar 10

Debussy Masterworks

2018–19 Season

Mar 22 - Mar 24

Zhang Conducts Brahms 4

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
JOHANNES MOSER cello (pictured)
NJSO HORN SECTION Chris Komer principal | Andrea Menousek | Lawrence DiBello | Susan Standley
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Apr 5 - Apr 7

Sarod & Scheherazade

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
AMJAD ALI KHAN sarod (pictured)
AMAAN ALI BANGASH sarod
AYAAN ALI BANGASH sarod
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Apr 12 - Apr 14

Mary Poppins in Concert with the NJSO

2018–19 Pops Movie Series

Step in time, it’s one heart-tugging, toe-tapping song after another in the beloved film Mary Poppins! This family-friendly, symphonic cinema event features the five-time Oscar-winning classic Disney film unfolding on the big screen with the NJSO performing the charming and delightful musical score. Don’t miss this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious wonder live with the NJSO!

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Apr 25 - Apr 28

Xian Conducts Mozart

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
SIMONE DINNERSTEIN piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

May 11 - May 11

The Sound of Stories: Harry Potter and more!

2018–19 Family Concerts

It’s a season of stories in music at the NJSO, and you get in on the fun, too! Listen in wonder as some of your favorite stories are told through music, including Tchaikovsky’s enchanted The Nutcracker and magical Swan Lake, romantic Romeo and Juliet and even the tale of your favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter!

May 16 - May 19

Art of the Double Concerto

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor
ERIC WYRICK violin (pictured)
ANNELLE GREGORY violin
STEVEN MACKEY electric guitar
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Jun 6 - Jun 9

Blockbuster All-Orchestral Season Finale

2018–19 Season

XIAN ZHANG conductor (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA