Classical music under the stars, in Newark tonightRelax with friends and family and enjoy an evening under the stars at Essex County Branch Brook Park, a park known for its cherry blossoms each spring. The Orchestra looks ahead to the classical favorites of its 2014–15 season and honors the state’s rich cultural past as part of the NJ350 celebration. Enjoy selections including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony and Mozart’s Così fan tutte Overture, then toast the Garden State’s 350th anniversary with a salute to Frank Sinatra, a medley of Jersey Boys classics, Count Basie’s “One O’Clock Jump” and patriotic favorites. Fireworks will light up the night sky immediately following the concert.
Gemma New is the conductor. NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has been named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.Under the bold leadership of Music Director Jacques Lacombe, the NJSO presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, state universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity. In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include the three-ensemble Greater Newark Youth Orchestras, school-time Concerts for Young People performances and multiple initiatives that provide and promote in-school instrumental instruction. The NJSO’s Resources for Education and Community Harmony (REACH) chamber music program annually brings original programs—designed and performed by NJSO musicians—to a variety of settings, reaching as many as 17,000 people in nearly all of New Jersey’s 21 counties. The performance begins at 7:30 PM, past the Forest Hill entrances to the park.