The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s exciting season at NJPAC kicks off with violin superstar Sarah Chang in a pair of sparkling showpieces, September 23 and 25. WQXR placed Xian Zhang’s arrival in New Jersey in the top two of its classical stories to watch in 2016, and Zhang makes her debut as NJSO Music Director on October 27.


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She returns to NJPAC the following weekend, and a gala celebration on November 5 welcomes her to the Garden State in style. Fall highlights also include Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Stewart Goodyear (October 6), greatest hits of Elton John and other classic rock legends with Michael Cavanaugh (November 12), and a “Pirates on the High Seas” family concert (November 26).


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Opening Weekend with Sarah Chang

Fri, Sep 23 at 8 pm

     Sun, Sep 25 at 3 pm     


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Start the season in style! NJSO favorite Sarah Chang brings her “characteristic athleticism and firepower” (The Star-Ledger) to a sparkling pair of showpieces.

BERNSTEIN On the Town: Three Dance Episodes

A brash yet irresistible love note to the composer’s adopted hometown of New York.

PIAZZOLLA The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires       

Irreverently witty; a Latin American reply to the Vivaldi favorite.

RAVEL Tzigane

Rhapsodic and virtuosic; Ravel’s dazzling take on Gypsy fiddling.

COPLAND Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

High-spirited fun! This score for a buckaroo ballet contains the most famous hoedown ever written.


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