Classical, December-September

Pianist Stephen Hough performs with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Newark, Dec. 1 and 3, and New Brunswick, Dec. 2.

Dec. 1: The Irish Tenors at State Theatre, New Brunswick.
Dec. 1: MSU Symphonic Band and MSU Campus Band at Kasser Theater at Montclair State University.
Dec. 1 and 3: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “Hough Plays Rachmaninoff.” Stephen Hough, piano; Xian Zhang, conductor. Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6.
Dec. 2: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. “Hough Plays Rachmaninoff.” Stephen Hough, piano; Xian Zhang, conductor. Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6.
Dec. 2: MSU Singers and MSU Chorale at Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. Program includes Michael Conley’s Appalachian Requiem and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.
Dec. 2: NJSO Youth Orchestras Winter Concert at Science Park High School, Newark.
Dec. 3: Tal First, violin, at South Orange Performing Arts Center. Juilliard@SOPAC series.
Dec. 4: The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society at Leonia Public Library. Holiday Concert.
Dec. 5: Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” presented by MidAtlantic Opera Company and Seton Hall Choir at South Orange Performing Arts Center.
Dec. 5: Oratorio Society of New Jersey at St. James Episcopal Church, Montclair. Community Messiah Sing with Part One of Handel’s Messiah and the “Hallelujah” Chorus.
Dec. 8: MSU Wind Symphony at Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. “A River Runs Through It,” featuring works by Gustav Holst, O’Neal Douglas, G. F. Handel, Leonard Bernstein and others.
Dec. 8: Boheme Opera NJ at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton.
Dec. 9: New Jersey Festival Orchestra at Presbyterian Church, Westfield. “Return of the Holiday Tenors,” with tenor Cody Austin and Friends; David Wroe, conductor; holiday choruses.
Dec. 10: MSU Symphony Orchestra, featuring the Shanghai Quartet at Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert featuring Edward Hart’s Discovery; Haydn’s Symphony No. 104; Janácek’s Sinfonietta.
Dec. 10: Vienna Boys Choir at State Theatre, New Brunswick.
Dec. 10: New Jersey Festival Orchestra at Concert Hall at Drew University, Madison. “Return of the Holiday Tenors,” with tenor Cody Austin and Friends; David Wroe, conductor; holiday choruses.
Dec. 10: Montclair Orchestra, “Change” at Immaculate Conception Church. David Chan, violin. Program includes Pärt’s Fratres; R. Strauss’s Metamorphosen; Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
Dec. 14: Vienna Boys Choir at Grunin Center at Ocean County College, Toms River.
Dec. 15: Handel’s Messiah at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. Erin Wall, soprano; Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano; Miles Mykkanen, tenor; Michael Sumuel, bass-baritone; Montclair State University Singers; members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra conducted by Xian Zhang.
Dec. 15: Westminster Concert Bell Choir at Grunin Center at Ocean County College, Toms River.
Dec. 16: Shanghai Quartet with Yiwen Lu at Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. Works by Felix Mendelssohn, Wen De Qing, Liu Tian Hua, George Gao and Chen Yi.
Dec. 17: Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Xian Zhang at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark.
Dec. 17: Monmouth Civic Chorus, “Joy to the World: Messiah & More” at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank.
Dec. 18: Bach’s Brandenbergs, featuring members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and others at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University.
Dec. 31: “Salute to Vienna” at State Theatre, New Brunswick.
Dec. 31: New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra at Patriots Theater at War Memorial, Trenton.
Jan. 6: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “Sci-Fi Spectacular: Music From ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Star Trek’ and Beyond.” Marina Sirtis, host; Bob Bernhardt, conductor; Kristen Plumley, vocalist; Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir.
Jan. 7: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. “Sci-Fi Spectacular: Music From ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Star Trek’ and Beyond.” Marina Sirtis, host; Bob Bernhardt, conductor; Kristen Plumley, vocalist; Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir.
Jan. 11: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at BergenPAC, Englewood. “America, Inspiring: Respighi & Prokofiev. George Li, piano; Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Chen Yi’s Ge Xu; Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3; Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.
Jan. 13: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “America, Inspiring: Respighi & Prokofiev. George Li, piano; Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Chen Yi’s Ge Xu; Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3; Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.
Jan. 14: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State theatre, New Brunswick. “America, Inspiring: Respighi & Prokofiev. George Li, piano; Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Chen Yi’s Ge Xu; Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3; Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.
Jan. 14: Stella Chen, violin, at South Orange Performing Arts Center. Juilliard@SOPAC series.
Jan. 19: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton. “America, Inspiring: Ravel & Rachmaninoff.” Terrence Wilson, piano; Andrew Constantine, conductor. Program includes Martinu’s Thunderbolt P-47; Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major; Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances
Jan. 20: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. “America, Inspiring: Ravel & Rachmaninoff.” Terrence Wilson, piano; Andrew Constantine, conductor. Program includes Martinu’s Thunderbolt P-47; Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major; Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
Jan. 20: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Program includes Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Dvorak’s Seventh Symphony.
Jan. 20: Camerata RCO, featuring members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, at Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University, Hillside.
Jan. 21: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “America, Inspiring: Ravel & Rachmaninoff.” Terrence Wilson, piano; Andrew Constantine, conductor. Program includes Martinu’s Thunderbolt P-47; Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major; Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
Jan. 25: NJSO Chamber Players at Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit. “America, Inspiring: Special Chamber Music Concert.” Eric Wyrick and Brennan Sweet, violins; David Blinn, viola; Jonathan Spitz, cello. Program includes Tan Dun’s Eight Colors for String Quartet; Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2; Dvorák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, “American.”
Jan. 26: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “America, Inspiring: Dvorák’s ‘New World’ Symphony.” Chloë Hanslip, violin; Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Britten’s Simple Symphony; Korngold’s Violin Concerto; Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.” 
Jan. 27: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank. “America, Inspiring: Dvorák’s ‘New World’ Symphony.” Chloë Hanslip, violin; Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Britten’s Simple Symphony; Korngold’s Violin Concerto; Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”
Jan. 27-28: MSU Opera with the MSU Symphony Orchestra at Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. “The Rape of Lucretia.” 
Jan. 28: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown. “America, Inspiring: Dvorák’s ‘New World’ Symphony.” Chloë Hanslip, violin; Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Britten’s Simple Symphony; Korngold’s Violin Concerto; Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”
Jan. 29: Nikolaj Znaider at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
Feb. 1: Piano Battle with Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.
Feb. 1-4: “A White House Cantata” at Leshowitz Concert Hall at Montclair State University. Concert presentation of Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner’s musical “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”
Feb. 4: The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society at All Saints Episcopal Church, Leonia. “A Passion for Music,” featuring soprano Wonjung Kim singing Handel; and Dvorak’s String Quintet for Two Violins, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
Feb. 4: Daniil Trifonov, piano, and Matthias Goerne, baritone at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
Feb. 10: Accordion Virtuosi of Russia at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.

Itzhak Perlman, left, and Pinchas Zukerman perform at NJPAC in Newark, Feb. 11.

Feb. 11: Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark.
Feb. 11: Helsinborg Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick.
Feb. 15: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.
Feb. 16: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank. “Hot Latin Nights With the Mambo Kings.” Thomas Wilkins, conductor. Music by Astor Piazzolla, Tito Puente, Dave Brubeck, The Beatles and others.
Feb. 17: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “Hot Latin Nights With the Mambo Kings.” Thomas Wilkins, conductor. Music by Astor Piazzolla, Tito Puente, Dave Brubeck, The Beatles and others.
Feb. 18: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. “Hot Latin Nights With the Mambo Kings.” Thomas Wilkins, conductor. Music by Astor Piazzolla, Tito Puente, Dave Brubeck, The Beatles and others.
Feb. 21: Seong Jin-Cho, piano, at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
Feb. 22: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at BergenPAC, Englewood. “Brahms’ First Symphony.” Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo-soprano; Rune Bergmann, conductor. Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer; Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.
Feb. 23: Seong Jin-Cho at BergenPAC, Englewood.
Feb. 24: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. “Brahms’ First Symphony.” Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo-soprano; Rune Bergmann, conductor. Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer; Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.
Feb. 24: NJMEA All State Band and Treble Chorus at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark.
Feb. 25: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “Brahms’ First Symphony.” Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo-soprano; Rune Bergmann, conductor. Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer; Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.
Feb. 25: Montclair Orchestra, “Contrasts” at Leshowitz Hall at Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. Program includes Wagner’s Siegfried-Idyll; Shostakovich’s Two Pieces for String Octet; Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale.
March 3: New Jersey Festival Orchestra at Presbyterian Church, Westfield. Joseph DeAlessandro Memorial Opera Concert, featuring Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”
March 4: New Jersey Festival Orchestra at Concert Hall at Drew University, Madison. Joseph DeAlessandro Memorial Opera Concert, featuring Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”
March 4: Staatskapelle Weimar at State Theatre, New Brunswick.
March 4: Garden State Philharmonic Chamber, “Broadway Bound” at Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum, Morris Township.
March 8: Sarah Chang at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.
March 9: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “Zhang Conducts Tchaikovsky.” Sara Daneshpour, piano; Eric Wyrick, violin; Jonathan Spitz, cello; Robert Ingliss, oboe; Robert Wagner, bassoon; Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Sleeping Beauty and Francesa da Rimini; Danielpour’s Carnival of the Ancients for Piano and Orchestra; Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante.
March 10: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank. “Zhang Conducts Tchaikovsky.” Sara Daneshpour, piano; Eric Wyrick, violin; Jonathan Spitz, cello; Robert Ingliss, oboe; Robert Wagner, bassoon; Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Sleeping Beauty and Francesa da Rimini; Danielpour’s Carnival of the Ancients for Piano and Orchestra; Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante.
March 10: New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra at George Washington Ballroom at War Memorial, Trenton. Program includes Igor Stravinsky’s Ragtime for 11 Instruments; Darius Milhaud’s Creation of the World; Kurt Weill’s Suite from the “Three Penny Opera”; and George Antheil’s Jazz Symphony.
March 11: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. “Zhang Conducts Tchaikovsky.” Sara Daneshpour, piano; Eric Wyrick, violin; Jonathan Spitz, cello; Robert Ingliss, oboe; Robert Wagner, bassoon; Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Sleeping Beauty and Francesa da Rimini; Danielpour’s Carnival of the Ancients for Piano and Orchestra; Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante.
March 15:  SHUFFLE Concert at South Orange Performing Arts Center.
March 15 and 17: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “Mozart’s Requiem.” Soloists from the Curtis Institute of Music; Montclair State University Singers; Xian Zhang, conductor. Mozart’s Ave verum corpus and Requiem; Rheinberger’s Abendlied for a cappella chorus; Parry’s Flame for a cappella chorus.
March 16: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton. “Mozart’s Requiem.” Soloists from the Curtis Institute of Music; Montclair State University Singers; Xian Zhang, conductor. Mozart’s Ave verum corpus and Requiem; Rheinberger’s Abendlied for a cappella chorus; Parry’s Flame for a cappella chorus.
March 18: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown. “Mozart’s Requiem.” Soloists from the Curtis Institute of Music; Montclair State University Singers; Xian Zhang, conductor. Mozart’s Ave verum corpus and Requiem; Rheinberger’s Abendlied for a cappella chorus; Parry’s Flame for a cappella chorus.
March 18: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell (program includes Beethoven’s poetic “Pastoral” Symphony and Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto) at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark.
March 18: Trilogy: an Opera Company presents “Die Walküre (The Valkyrie),” at Victoria Theater at NJPAC, Newark.
March 18: The Argus Quartet at South Orange Performing Arts Center. Juilliard@SOPAC series.
March 18: Guild for Early Music Festival at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton.
March 23: The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, conducted by Enrique Pérez-Mesa at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Program includes Ravel’s Boléro, De Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat and more.
March 23-24: Light Opera of New Jersey at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Basking Ridge. Gaetano Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment.”
March 25: NJSO Youth Orchestras Spring Concert at Science Park High School, Newark.
March 25: National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University.
March 25: Montclair Orchestra, “Balletic Reinvention” at Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University. Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano; Ian Koziara, tenor; David Leigh, bass. Program includes Stravinsky’sPulcinella and Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite.
March 26: James Galway at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
April 7: Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.
April 8: Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark.
April 8: The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society at All Saints Episcopal Church, Leonia. “Timeless Romantics: Bridging the 19th and 20th Centuries,” featuring music by Ernest Dohnányi, Louise Farrenc and Francis Poulenc. 
April 9: Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
April 14: Oratorio Society of New Jersey at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Montclair. “Sacred Music, New & Old” with Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Dominica.
April 20 and 22: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “McGegan Conducts Beethoven & Mendelssohn.” Robert Levin, piano; Nicholas McGegan, conductor. Program includes Handel’s Suite No. 2 in D Major from Water Music; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1; Levin’s Improvisations; Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, “Reformation.”
April 21: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. “McGegan Conducts Beethoven & Mendelssohn.” Robert Levin, piano; Nicholas McGegan, conductor. Program includes Handel’s Suite No. 2 in D Major from Water Music; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1; Levin’s Improvisations; Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, “Reformation.”
April 24: MSU Symphonic Band and MSU Campus Band at Kasser Theater at Montclair State University.
April 25: MSU Symphony Orchestra at Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. Program includes Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite; Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 (Jeremiah); and Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite.
April 27: MSU Wind Symphony at Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. Program includes Mark Camphouse’s A Movement for Rosa; Michael Daugherty’s Rosa Parks Boulevard; William Bolcom’s First Symphony for Band; and works by Mozart, Stravinsky and Bernstein.
April 28: MSU Singers and MSU Chorale at Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo, excerpts from the Mozart Requiem and more.
May 1: Jeremy Denk at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
May 3: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at BergenPAC, Englewood. “Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.” Ning Feng, violin; Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor. Program includes Fagerlund’s Isola; Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto; Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.
May 5, 2 p.m.: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Program includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.
May 5, 8 p.m.: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.” Ning Feng, violin; Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor. Program includes Fagerlund’s Isola; Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto; Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.
May 6: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown. “Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.” Ning Feng, violin; Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor. Program includes Fagerlund’s Isola; Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto; Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.
May 6: Christopher Johnson at Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum, Morris Township.
May 10-13: Julia Wolfe’s “Spinning,” featuring cellist Maya Beiser, at Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. 
May 13: Montclair Orchestra, “Tour of Colors” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Program includes Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin; Tchaikovsky’s “Mozartiana” Suite; Mozart’s Serenata Notturna; Milhaud’s Le bœuf sur le toit.
May 17: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “Bach’s Complete Brandenburgs.” Eric Wyrick, leader and violin soloist.
May 18: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton. “Bach’s Complete Brandenburgs.” Eric Wyrick, leader and violin soloist.
May 19: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank. “Bach’s Complete Brandenburgs.” Eric Wyrick, leader and violin soloist.
May 20: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. “Bach’s Complete Brandenburgs.” Eric Wyrick, leader and violin soloist.
June 1: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank. Screening of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” with live music from the orchestra, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos.
June 2: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. Screening of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” with live music from the orchestra, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos.
June 3: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre, New Brunswick. Screening of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” with live music from the orchestra, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos.
June 7-8 and 10: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Newark. “Shaham Plays Brahms.” Gil Shaham, violin; Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Bernstein’s Overture to Candide; Brahms’ Violin Concerto; Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
June 9: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank. “Shaham Plays Brahms.” Gil Shaham, violin; Xian Zhang, conductor. Program includes Bernstein’s Overture to Candide; Brahms’ Violin Concerto; Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
Sept. 26: Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, featuring Ramin Djawadi at Prudential Center, Newark.

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