Classical, December-June

Pianist Aaron Diehl will perform with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 1 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick and Dec. 2 at Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark.

Dec. 1: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. Joshua Weilerstein, conductor; Aaron Diehl, piano. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; Stravinsky’s Suite From The Firebird (1919); Milhaud’s La création du monde; Florence Price’s Piano Concerto.
Dec. 1: Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea at Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway.
Dec. 1: “A Chanticleer Christmas” at Victoria Theater at NJPAC, Newark.
Dec. 1: Ocean County College Concert Band, “The Sounds of the Season” at Grunin Center at Ocean County College, Toms River.

Dec. 2: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Joshua Weilerstein, conductor; Aaron Diehl, piano. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; Stravinsky’s Suite From The Firebird (1919); Milhaud’s La création du monde; Florence Price’s Piano Concerto.
Dec. 2: Boston Pops on Tour, with conductor Keith Lockhart, at State Theatre, New Brunswick.
Dec. 2: Tristan Teo, piano at South Orange Performing Arts Center. Juilliard@SOPAC series.

Dec. 4: Seton Hall University Choral Winter Concert at South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Dec. 6: Wilson Hall Holiday Concert with Monmouth University Chamber Orchestra, The Jazz Hawks, The Concert Choir, the Chamber Choir the Colts Neck Reformed Church Exultation Ringers, at Monmouth University, West Long Branch.

Dec. 7: Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea at Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch.
Dec. 7: Strand String Ensemble Christmas Concert at Hackettstown Center for the Arts.

Dec. 8: Slava Liakhovitch, soprano, at Hackettstown Center for the Arts.

Dec. 9:  Trilogy: An Opera Company presents “Scott, Garner, Gray, says Jimmy Baldwin” at Victoria Theater at NJPAC, Newark.

Dec. 13: Vienna Boys Choir at BergenPAC, Englewood.
Dec. 13: The Irish Tenors at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank.

Dec. 14: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. Handel’s Messiah. Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor; Margot Rood, soprano; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Steven Soph, tenor; Charles Wesley Evans, baritone; Montclair State University Singers.
Dec. 14: New Jersey Festival Orchestra at DeBaun Performing Arts Center, Hoboken. “Return of the Three Holiday Tenors,” featuring John Easterlin and Friends.
Dec. 14: Canadian Brass, “Christmas Time Is Here” at Grunin Center at Ocean County College, Toms River.

Dec. 15: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Thiago Tiberio, conductor. The orchestra will play Danny Elfman’s score to “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” live, as the movie screens.
Dec. 15: New Jersey Festival Orchestra at Presbyterian Church, Westfield. “Return of the Three Holiday Tenors,” featuring John Easterlin and Friends.

Dec. 16: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark. Handel’s Messiah. Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor; Margot Rood, soprano; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Steven Soph, tenor; Charles Wesley Evans, baritone; Montclair State University Singers.
Dec. 16: New Jersey Festival Orchestra at St. Peter’s Church, Morristown. “Return of the Three Holiday Tenors,” featuring John Easterlin and Friends.
Dec. 16: Monmouth Civic Chorus, “Joy to the World: The Messiah and More” at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank.

Dec. 18: The Brass Project Christmas at Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum, Morris Township.

Dec. 19: The King’s Singers at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University.

Dec. 31: “Salute to Vienna” New Year’s Eve Concert at State Theatre, New Brunswick.
Dec. 31: New Jersey Festival Orchestra at Westfield High School Auditorium. “Singin’ and Dancin’ With the Stars,” featuring Broadway Guest Vocalists, Da’Von Doane and friends from Dance Theater of Harlem. 

Jan. 3-4: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank. Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor. The orchestra will play John Williams score for “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” live as the movie screens.

Jan. 5: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor. The orchestra will play John Williams score for “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” live as the movie screens.

Jan. 6: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor. The orchestra will play John Williams score for “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” live as the movie screens.

Jan. 10: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at BergenPAC, Englewood. “2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks.” Xian Zhang, conductor. Emanuel Ax, piano. Program includes Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22.

Jan. 12: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks.” Xian Zhang, conductor. Emanuel Ax, piano. Program includes Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22.

Jan. 13: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. “2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks.” Xian Zhang, conductor. Emanuel Ax, piano. Program includes Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22.
Jan. 13: Trio Umani at South Orange Performing Arts Center. Juilliard@SOPAC series.

Jan. 16: National Symphony Orchestra of Romania with Cristian Macelaru, conductor, and Andrei Ionita, cello, at State Theatre, New Brunswick.

Jan. 18: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. “2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks.” Xian Zhang, conductor; Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Jay Anderson, bass; Frank Kimbrought, piano; Scott Robinson, clarinet. Program includes Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

Jan. 19: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Center for the Arts, New Brunswick. “2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks.” Xian Zhang, conductor; Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Jay Anderson, bass; Frank Kimbrought, piano; Scott Robinson, clarinet. Program includes Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.
Jan. 19: Dryden Ensemble at Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury. Program explores life of Sweden’s Queen Christina with chamber music and readings by actors Roberta Maxwell and Paul Hecht.

Jan. 20: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks.” Xian Zhang, conductor; Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Jay Anderson, bass; Frank Kimbrough, piano; Scott Robinson, clarinet. Program includes Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.
Jan. 20: Dryden Ensemble at Miller Chapel on the Theological Seminary campus, Princeton. Program explores life of Sweden’s Queen Christina with chamber music and readings by actors Roberta Maxwell and Paul Hecht.

Jan. 25: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks. Xian Zhang, conductor; Daniil Trifonov, piano. Program includes Schumann’s Piano Concerto; Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra; Scriabin Poem of Ecstasy.

Jan. 26: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. “2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks. Xian Zhang, conductor; Daniil Trifonov, piano. Program includes Schumann’s Piano Concerto; Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra; Scriabin Poem of Ecstasy.

Jan. 27: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown. “2019 Winter Festival: Music Speaks. Xian Zhang, conductor; Daniil Trifonov, piano. Program includes Schumann’s Piano Concerto; Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra; Scriabin Poem of Ecstasy.

Jan. 28: All-Star Piano Quartet at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton. Featuring Wu Han, piano; Daniel Hope, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; and David Finckel, cello.

Feb. 2: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “Chinese New Year Celebration.” Xian Zhang, conductor; Min Kwon, piano; Eric Wyrick, violin; Jonathan Spitz, cello. Program includes Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture; Tan Dun’s The Triple Resurrection; Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy; opera choruses and traditional Chinese songs.

Feb. 9: “Pirates of Penzance” at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton. Presented by New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and Orchestra.

Feb. 17: Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.

Feb. 22: Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
Feb. 23: “Tosca” at Presbyterian Church, Westfield. The Joseph DeAlessandro Memorial Opera Concert, featuring the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

Feb. 24: Eric Owens, bass-baritone, and Lawrence Brownlee, tenor at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
Feb. 24: Czech National Symphony Orchestra with John Mauceri, conductor, and Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano, at State Theatre, New Brunswick.
Feb. 24: “Tosca” at Concert Hall at Drew University, Madison. The Joseph DeAlessandro Memorial Opera Concert, featuring the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.
Feb. 24: Adelphi Chamber Ensemble at Mahwah Public Library. 

Feb. 27: Renée Fleming at State Theatre, New Brunswick.

Feb. 28: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at BergenPAC, Englewood. Hans Graf, conductor; Jeffrey Kahane, piano. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4; Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1.

March 2-3: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Hans Graf, conductor; Jeffrey Kahane, piano. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4; Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1.

March 3: The Brass Project Pops at Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum, Morris Township.
March 3: Adelphi Chamber Ensemble at Teaneck Public Library. 

March 7: Scharoun Ensemble Berlin at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.

March 7-8: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Jun Märkl, conductor; Ingrid Fliter, piano. Debussy’s La mer and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1; Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.

March 9: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank. Jun Märkl, conductor; Ingrid Fliter, piano. Debussy’s La mer and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1; Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.
March 9: The Celtic Tenors at Newton Theater.

March 10: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. Jun Märkl, conductor; Ingrid Fliter, piano. Debussy’s La mer and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1; Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.
March 10: Montclair Orchestra at Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair. “Lyric.” Program includes Nonet II (2000), Olli Mustonen; Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622, W.A. Mozart (featuring Innhyuck Cho, clarinet); Lyric for Strings (1946), George Walker; and Symphony No. 40 in g minor, K. 550, W.A. Mozart.

March 15: The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with Jan Lisiecki, piano, at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark.

March 17: James Galway at State Theatre, New Brunswick.
March 17: “Carmina Burana” at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. Presented by Princeton Pro Musica and Roxey Ballet.
March 17: Ansonia Quartet at South Orange Performing Arts Center. Juilliard@SOPAC series.

March 18: Jan Lisiecki, piano at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton. “Night Music,” featuring Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, Schumann’s Nachtstucke Op.23, and Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1 in b.

March 22: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. Xian Zhang, conductor; Johannes Moser, cello. Program includes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4; Andrew Norman’s Cello Concerto; Schumann’s Konzertstuck for Four Horns.

March 23: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Xian Zhang, conductor; Johannes Moser, cello. Program includes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4; Andrew Norman’s Cello Concerto; Schumann’s Konzertstuck for Four Horns.

March 24: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown. Xian Zhang, conductor; Johannes Moser, cello. Program includes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4; Andrew Norman’s Cello Concerto; Schumann’s Konzertstuck for Four Horns.

March 31: Adelphi Orchestra at Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale. Jason Tramm, conductor; Drew Peterson, piano. Program includes works by Beethoven and Brahms.

April 5 and 7: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Xian Zhang, conductor; Amjad Ali Khan, sarod; Amaan Ali Bangash, sarod; and Ayaan Ali Bangash, sarod. Program includes Amjad Ali Khan’s Samaagam: A Concerto for Sarod, Concertante Group and String Orchestra; Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

April 6: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. Xian Zhang, conductor; Amjad Ali Khan, sarod; Amaan Ali Bangash, sarod; and Ayaan Ali Bangash, sarod. Program includes Amjad Ali Khan’s Samaagam: A Concerto for Sarod, Concertante Group and String Orchestra; Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
April 6: Dryden Ensemble at Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury. The Mardi Considine Spring Concert with music for oboe and strings by Castello, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Biber and Bach.

April 6-7: “Carmina Burana” at Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal. Presented by Monmouth Civic Chorus and Roxey Ballet.

April 7: 2Cellos at Cure Insurance Arena, Trenton.
April 7: Dryden Ensemble at Miller Chapel on the Theological Seminary campus, Princeton. The Mardi Considine Spring Concert with music for oboe and strings by Castello, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Biber and Bach.

April 10: The Spring Quartet featuring Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leonardo Genovese at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.

April 12: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank. Stuart Chafetz, conductor. The orchestra will play the score to “Mary Poppins” live, as the movie screens.

April 13: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Stuart Chafetz, conductor. The orchestra will play the score to “Mary Poppins” live, as the movie screens.

April 14: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. Stuart Chafetz, conductor. The orchestra will play the score to “Mary Poppins” live, as the movie screens.

April 15: Midori, violin, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton. Program includes sonatas by Schumann, Fauré, Debussy and Enescu.

April 16: Monmouth University Chamber Orchestra at Wilson Auditorium at Monmouth University, West Long Branch.

April 22: Mitsuko Uchida, piano, at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton. Program includes three Schubert sonatas: D.537 in A minor, D. 840 in C major and D.960 in B-flat.

April 25: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Xian Zhang, conductor; Simone Dinnerstein, piano. Program includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 and Symphony No. 40; Walton’s Suite No. 2 from Façade.

April 27: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank. Xian Zhang, conductor; Simone Dinnerstein, piano. Program includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 and Symphony No. 40; Walton’s Suite No. 2 from Façade.

April 28: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown. Xian Zhang, conductor; Simone Dinnerstein, piano. Program includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 and Symphony No. 40; Walton’s Suite No. 2 from Façade.

April 28: Montclair Orchestra at at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Montclair. “French Connection.” Program includes Symphony No. 60 “Il distratto,” Joseph Haydn; Les nuits d’ete, Hector Berlioz (featuring Yunpeng Wang, baritone); Symphony in C, Georges Bizet.

May 3: “The Mikado,” presented by New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.

May 4: Ocean County College Band, “An American Salute” at Grunin Center at Ocean County College, Toms River.

May 5:  The Bell Trio, featuring Joshua Bell (violin), Jeremy Denk (piano) and Steven Isserlis (cello), at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark.

May 6: Seton Hall University Spring Choral Celebration at South Orange Performing Arts Center.

May 7: Spring Concert featuring the Seton Hall Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra at South Orange Performing Arts Center.

May 10: Adelphi Orchestra at River Dell Middle School, River Edge. Richard Owen, conductor; Bryan Cheng, cello; Terry Edger, piano. Works of Dvorak, Bizet, Tchaikovsky and Schumann.

May 16: Black Violin at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.

May 16 and 18: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Xian Zhang, conductor; Eric Wyrick, violin; Annelle Gregory, violin; Steven Mackey, electric guitar. Program includes Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3; Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins; Mackey’s Four Iconoclastic Episodes; Weber’s Overture to Oberon.

May 17: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. Xian Zhang, conductor; Eric Wyrick, violin; Annelle Gregory, violin; Steven Mackey, electric guitar. Program includes Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3; Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins; Mackey’s Four Iconoclastic Episodes; Weber’s Overture to Oberon.

May 19: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at State Theatre, New Brunswick. Xian Zhang, conductor; Eric Wyrick, violin; Annelle Gregory, violin; Steven Mackey, electric guitar. Program includes Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3; Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins; Mackey’s Four Iconoclastic Episodes; Weber’s Overture to Oberon.

June 1: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, live score at screening of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark.

June 1: New Jersey Festival Orchestra at First United Methodist Church, Westfield. “Music That Makes Hollywood” featuring Charlie Chaplin’s “The Immigrant” presented with live symphonic score by Carl Davis; Sibelius’ Violin Concerto; Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

June 6: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at BergenPAC, Englewood. Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s Selections From A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

June 7: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s Selections From A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

June 8: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank. Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s Selections From A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

June 9: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s Selections From A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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