The New Jersey Festival Orchestra (NJFO) has announced its exciting new program for the 2018-2109 season. The beautifully crafted new series promises a variety of spectacular concerts that celebrate composers and artists who came to the United States from abroad and were inspired by what they found here.

The season showcases highly anticipated appearances by a series of internationally acclaimed guest performers, including Metropolitan Opera’s John Easterlin, Serbian superstar and audience favorite Stephan Milenkovich and dancers from The Dance Theatre of Harlem. Presiding over the repertoire is UK-born Maestro David Wroe, who has just celebrated 20 years as NJFO conductor and Music Director.

Explained Wroe, “This season is about people who came here and were changed by all that embodies the American experience. I can speak to that – I am one of them!”

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The NJFO season opens dramatically on October 13 at 7pm (Westfield) and October 14 at 3pm (Madison) with Made in America. Featured is cocktail of American music in motion that includes the African-American rhythms of Porgy and Bess, America’s premier folk opera, the driving pulses of the Symphonic Dances, composed on Long Island by Serge Rachmaninov, one of America’s most famed immigrants, and a special guest appearance by Slovak-American violinist Filip Pogády.

Mr. Pogády will perform Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, one of the most enduringly popular concertos in the entire classical repertoire, admired for its lyrical melodies which span almost the entire range of the instrument.

Renowned for his unique artistry and praised by the press for the beauty of his tone and his “lightning-like virtuosity”, Filip Pogády has established himself as one of today’s most exciting instrumentalists, performing regularly with the Slovak Philharmonic, and playing in some of the world’s most renowned concert venues including Lincoln Center New York, Rudolphinum Prague, Konzerthaus Vienna, Tel Aviv Opera House and the Lotte Hall in Seoul. A pupil of Pinchas Zukerman, Mr. Pogády earned his Master's Degree in Violin Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. His appearance has been made possible through the generous support of the Slovak-American Cultural Center.

Continued Maestro Wroe: “Without a doubt, this is a season of celebration of the American experience! NJ Festival Orchestra aspires to transport you beyond the ordinary to a place of spiritual ecstasy, presenting a series of dynamic performances to rival anything in New York City. I for one can’t wait for the festivities to begin.”

Tickets start at $30 (students $15). Discounted ticket packages, saving up to 20% over regular prices, are also available. Single tickets and “mix and match” packages may be purchased directly from the NJFO office (224 E. Broad Street) or by calling the box office at (908) 232-9400. Avoid all ticket fees and handling charges by purchasing single tickets or discount packages online at njfestivalorchestra.org. For further information call (908) 232 9400, email info@njfestivalorchestra.org, or visit www.njfestivlaorchestra.org.