New Jersey Symphony and Neeme J‹rvi Open Season This Weekend With Beethoven's First and Last Symphonies

Classic Arts News   New Jersey Symphony and Neeme J‹rvi Open Season This Weekend With Beethoven's First and Last Symphonies
 
The New Jersey Symphony opens its 2006-07 season tonight at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, with music director Neeme J‹rvi conducting Beethoven's First and Ninth Symphonies.

Soloists for the Symphony No. 9 include Janice Chandler-Eteme, Christine Abraham, Richard Clement and Kevin Langan; the 140-voice Montclair State University Chorale joins the NJSO as well.

The program will be repeated on Sunday (October 22) at the State Theatre in New Brunswick and next Tuesday (October 24) at NJPAC in Newark.

On Saturday, October 21, again at NJPAC, J‹rvi will lead the orchestra in Chabrier's Fê_te polonaise, Faur_'s El_gie, Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol and Dvorak's Cello Concerto, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist.

Other highlights of the 2006-07 NJSO season include performances of a number of J‹rvi's favorite scores, including lesser-known works such as violin concertos by Latvian composers Balys Dvarionas and Peteris Vasks, and a piece by Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson. The orchestra is also continuing its presentation of Haydn's twelve "London Symphonies"; the 2006-07 season includes Symphonies Nos. 93, 95, and 101 ("The Clock.")

There will be several NJSO premieres during the season, including John Adams's Shaker Loops and Rolf Martinsson's A.S. in Memoriam, getting its first US performance.

On October 26-28 J‹rvi will conduct violinist Sarah Chang in Brahms's Violin Concerto. He will also lead the NJSO in its annual Winter Festival, which this year is dedicated to Russian Romantic composers.

Guest conductors for the 2006-07 season include Jun M‹rkl, making his NJSO debut; New York City Opera's George Manahan; Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony; Baroque specialist Harry Bicket; and Andrew Litton, former music director of the Dallas Symphony.


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