August 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM
The New Jersey Festival Orchestra has unveiled its plans for the 2014-2015 season. Expect a series of original and dynamic musical experiences to rival anything in New York City and beyond.
The new season presents a series of bold and innovative initiatives reflecting not only supreme orchestral sound but also collaborations with other outstanding NJ Arts organizations as well as a magnificent roster of internationally acclaimed guest soloists.
The season kicks off at Ridge Performing Arts Center, Basking Ridge, on Saturday, September 20th at 7PM and at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield on Sunday September 21st at 4pm with Empires Fall, a program of two iconic works composed at the sunset of the Russian and British empires. Internationally acclaimed, award-winning pianist Yoonie Han, joins NJFO to perform one of the world’s most-loved and instantly recognizable works, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Coupled with the inter-galactic conflict of Holst's The Planets, the season opening concerts promise nothing short of an artistic and historical threshold heralding the beginning of World War I.
Halloween holds some monstrous cultural surprises with a big screen showing of Hollywood’s greatest romantic melodrama, Flesh and the Devil, which launched Greta Garbo as one of the most mysterious, glamorous stars of the American screen. The movie will be presented complete with LIVE symphonic score composed by Carl Davies and performed by the full orchestra.
In early December NJFO presents a festival of traditional holiday music, sing-a-longs and more to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season, and in March international guest vocalists join NJFO and Opera at Florham for Mascagni’s electrifying Cavalleria Rusticana.
The season culminates with a monumental performance of one of the best known and most loved choral/orchestral works of the 20th century, Carmina Burana
Look out for other NJ Festival Orchestra features at the Mayo performing Arts Center and further afield, as well as the now famous New Year’s Eve festival of Broadway classics – one of NJFO’s ’s most popular holiday traditions.
Commented Music Director David Wroe, “Without a doubt, we at NJ Festival orchestra are thinking big this season, carried forward by what I believe to be another eclectic, refreshing, and diverse program and an enthusiasm from our audiences that has been unmatched in my 18 years tenure. I can’t wait to raise the baton on this new season!”
Discounted subscription packages with savings of up to 25% are now on sale for the 2014-2015 season. Single tickets for each concert are $26-$75. Student tickets are available at all seating levels for only $13. Further information, single tickets and discount ticket packages for all venues are available on line at www.njfestivalorchestra.org or by calling the box office at 973 408 3978 (Basking Ridge concerts) or 908 232 9400 (Westfield concerts).