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New Jersey Symphony Presents Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Works Inspired by THE TEMPEST, Now thru 1/27

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jacques Lacombe present a Winter Festival program featuring Tchaikovsky and Sibelius works inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest. The Orchestra augments Sibelius' music with performances by actors from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. The program also includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral."

"There are quite a few scores [that draw inspiration from] Shakespeare's The Tempest," Lacombe says. "To perform Sibelius' music written to accompany the play with live performances by actors is an interesting combination-it is a chance to tell the story with both music and text. I find that, with its rhythms and phrasing patterns, there is a music in the way Shakespeare's text has to be delivered. To collaborate with a company like The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey brings something special to the Winter Festival."

Performances take place tonight, January 25, (8 p.m.) at the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Saturday, January 26, (8 p.m.) at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark and Sunday, January 27, (3 p.m.) at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. A Classical Conversation begins one hour before the January 25 performance in Princeton. A panel discussion, "Taking It All In: Critical Issues Surrounding Air Quality," moderated by Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation President & CEO Christopher Daggett begins one hour before the January 26 and 27 performances in Newark and Morristown, respectively. The Newark performance will also feature an Information Fair & Artisan Marketplace; artisans and environmental organizations will host displays in the Prudential Hall lobby before the concert and during intermission.

Winter Festival partnering organizations include The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Liberty Science Center, Newark Museum and New Jersey Sierra Club. Liberty Science Center and the Newark Museum have crafted special offers for Winter Festival ticketholders. For more information on the Winter Festival and related events, visit www.njsymphony.org/air.

Tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase online at www.njsymphony.org or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

THE PROGRAM

LACOMBE CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN & TCHAIKOVSKY
Friday, January 25 at 8 p.m. | Richardson Auditorium in Princeton
Saturday, January 26 at 8 p.m. | NJPAC in Newark
Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m. | Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown

Jacques Lacombe, conductor
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Bonnie J. Monte, artistic director
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

TCHAIKOVSKY The Tempest Fantasy-Overture
SIBELIUS The Tempest
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral"

Related Events:

Classical Conversation
Friday, January 25 at 7 p.m. | Richardson Auditorium in Princeton

NJSO Director of Artistic Planning Roger Wight discusses the concert program with a special guest.

Taking It All In: Critical Issues Surrounding Air Quality
Saturday, January 26 at 7 p.m. | NJPAC in Newark
Sunday, January 27 at 2 p.m. | Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown

Moderated by Christopher Daggett, President & CEO, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Join us for this revealing discussion about the quality of the air we breathe-both indoors and outdoors. Find out about the many ways in which we all can contribute to cleaner air.

Information Fair & Artisan Marketplace
Saturday, January 26 at 7 p.m. | NJPAC in Newark

Artisans and environmental organizations will host displays in the lobby before the concert and during intermission.

Jacques Lacombe, conductor
NJSO Music Director Jacques Lacombe is renowned as a remarkable conductor whose artistic integrity and rapport with orchestras have propelled him to international stature.

Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal from 2002 to 2006, he led the orchestra in more than 100 performances. He served for three years as Music Director of both orchestra and opera with the Philharmonie de Lorraine in France; he has been Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières since 2006.

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