Filip Pogády — a “new generation violin virtuoso,” in the words of New Jersey Festival Orchestra music director and conductor David Wroe — will join the orchestra at its two season-opening concerts, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Westfield, and Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison.
Pogády, a 31-year-old Slovakia native, will perform Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The program will also include George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Fantasy; and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances.
On Oct. 13, Michael Rosin will give a pre-concert lecture in the church’s Fellowship Room about the music being performed, at 6 p.m.
Pogády’s appearance was made possible through the support of the Slovak-American Cultural Center.
The Oct. 13 concert will be the orchestra’s first at First United Methodist Church. In a press release, Wroe said “The wood in this intimate space adds a dynamic rarely found in regular performing spaces and the sound bounces off the walls, becoming revitalized and blended.”
The NJFO season will also include:
• “Return of the Three Holiday Tenors,” featuring John Easterlin and Friends, Dec. 14 at the DeBaun Performing Arts Center at the Stevens Institute in Hoboken; Dec. 15 at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield; and Dec. 16 at St. Peter’s Church in Morristown.
• “Tosca” (The Joseph DeAlessandro Memorial Opera Concert), Feb. 23 at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, Feb. 24 at the Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison.
• “Music That Makes Hollywood,” June 1 at First United Methodist Church, Westfield. Charlie Chaplin’s “The Immigrant” presented with live symphonic score by Carl Davis; Sibelius’ Violin Concerto; Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
For information, visit njfestivalorchestra.org.