New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Festival

Xian Zhang conducts the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Xian Zhang conducts the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Courtesy fo Fred Stucker

Jan 11-28: The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Festival celebrates 20th-century foreign composers whose work was influenced by America. Special events include panel discussions, a poetry reading and wine tastings.


America, Inspiring: Respighi & Respighi:

Just as American concertgoers of another era cheered Respighi and Respighi, audiences are raining accolades on 22-year-old Chinese pianist George Li, silver medalist in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, and NJSO’s Xian Zhang.

  • Jan 11: 7:30 pm; Bergen PAC, Englewood
  • Jan 13: 8 pm; NJPAC, Newark
  • Jan 14: 3 pm; State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

America, Inspiring: Ravel & Rachmaninoff

The searing energy of jazz, the speed and power of a fighter plane—these emblems of American ingenuity captured the imagination of Ravel and Martinů. Acclaimed pianist Terrence Wilson, a Montclair resident, dazzles in Ravel’s colorful concerto.

  • Jan 19: 8 pm; Richardson Auditorium, Princeton
  • Jan 20: 8 pm; State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • Jan 21: 3 pm;  NJPAC, Newark

America, Inspiring: Chamber Music Concert

Join the NJSO Chamber Players for an intimate deep-dive into the diverse world of immigrant and refugee composers. From the evocative colors of Tan Dun to the rhythmic and folk-oriented drive of Bartók to the glorious melodies of Dvořák’s “American” Quartet, hear how America has inspired masterpieces for the string quartet.

  • Jan 23: 3 pm; St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church
  • Jan 25: 7:30 pm; Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit

America, Inspiring: Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony

Come hear the piece that embodies and inspired the Winter Festival: Dvořák’s Ninth. Chloë Hanslip, praised by BBC Music Magazine for her “panache, poise and laser-like accuracy,” will shine in Austrian emigré Korngold’s resplendent violin concerto.

  • Jan 26: 8 pm; NJPAC, Newark
  • Jan 27: 8 pm; Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank
  • Jan 28: 3 pm; Mayo PAC, Morristown

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