NJSO WINTER FESTIVAL to Present Strauss' Alpine Symphony with Pianist Pascal Roge, 1/24-26
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jacques Lacombe present Strauss' towering Alpine Symphony January 24-26 in Newark and New Brunswick as part of the Orchestra's 2014 Winter Festival: Earth. The program is the finale of the fourth and final season of the NJSO's multi-year "Man & Nature" Winter Festival odyssey spotlighting the symbolic power of natural elements that have inspired composers for centuries.
Pianist Pascal Rogé joins Lacombe and the Orchestra for D'Indy's Symphony on a French Mountain Air on a program that opens with Wagner's Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser.
Lacombe says: "Strauss' Alpine Symphony shows us how music is a reflection of our world-it is a monument of the repertoire and such a majestic depiction of mountains and nature. Thematically, it is the perfect work to close this Winter Festival; it is also a big part of this season's celebration of the anniversary of Strauss' birth.
"The theme of this concert program came naturally from the Alpine Symphony; Wagner's Venusberg Music works well to introduce the mountain theme. I also like to revisit and rediscover forgotten repertoire like D'Indy's Symphony on a French Mountain Air. Pascal Rogé is a very fine pianist, especially when it comes to French music, and I am thrilled he will join us."
Performances take place on Friday, January 24, (8 pm) and Sunday, January 26, (3 pm) at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark and Saturday, January 25, (8 pm) at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. Classical Conversations about the music on the program begin one hour before the performances on January 24 and 25.
Extramusical Winter Festival events, presented in collaboration with partnering organizations, explore earth-related topics. On January 26, Christopher Daggett of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation moderates a panel discussion with GreenFaith Executive Director Rev. Fletcher Harper and New Jersey Conservation Foundation Executive Director Michele S. Byers, beginning one hour before the concert. A Winter Festival Artisan and Information Fair will showcase displays from artisans and environmental organizations on January 24 and 26.
Winter Festival partnering organizations include The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Friends of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and New Jersey Sierra Club.
For more information on the Winter Festival and related events, visit www.njsymphony.org/winterfestival.
Tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase online at www.njsymphony.org or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).
Strauss' Alpine Symphony
Friday, January 24, at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark + w
Saturday, January 25, at 8 pm | State Theatre in New Brunswick +
Sunday, January 26, at 3 pm | NJPAC in Newark w
Jacques Lacombe, conductor
Pascal Rogé, piano
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
WAGNER Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser
D'INDY Symphony on a French Mountain Air
STRAUSS Alpine Symphony
+ Classical Conversation begins one hour prior to the performance (free to ticketholders).
w Winter Festival event: Artisan and Information Fair begins one hour before the performance. On January 26, Christopher Daggett of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation moderates a Winter Festival discussion beginning one hour before the performance (free to ticketholders).
Jacques Lacombe, conductor
A remarkable conductor whose artistic integrity and rapport with orchestras have propelled him to international stature, Jacques Lacombe has been Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières since 2006. He was previously Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Music Director of orchestra and opera with the Philharmonie de Lorraine.
Lacombe has garnered critical praise for his creative programming and leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra's acclaimed "Man & Nature" Winter Festivals have featured innovative programs, including a realization of Scriabin's "color organ." He created the New Jersey Roots Project, presenting music by New Jersey composers. The New York Times wrote, "It was an honor to be in the hall" for Lacombe and the NJSO's performance at the 2012 Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall.
This season, Lacombe's NJSO highlights include the world premieres of an NJSO commission by Geri Allen and a new work by Lowell Liebermann and the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun's Earth Concerto. He conducts the Montréal, Québec and Columbus Symphony Orchestras, returns to the Opéra de Monte-Carlo for La Favorite with tenor Juan Diego Florez and leads Chausson's Le roi Arthus in Strasbourg.