NJSO Presents A Lunar New Year Celebration At NJPAC In Newark
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents a Lunar New Year Celebration welcoming the Year of the Rat on January 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The event includes an NJSO performance, led by Music Director Xian Zhang, and a pre-concert cultural festival. A post-concert gala dinner is available as an add-on to the concert and festival.
The cultural festival begins at 6 pm in NJPAC's Prudential Hall lobby. Festivities designed for the whole family include traditional Chinese music performers, calligraphy demonstrations, crafts and more.
The concert, which begins at 7:30 pm, blends Eastern and Western musical traditions. The program opens with the Orchestra performing Li Huanzhi's Spring Festival Overture.
The Orchestra welcomes the Peking University Alumni Chorus, Starry Arts Group Children's Chorus, soprano Chiara Taigi, tenor Dashuai Chen and bass Hao Jiang Tian for selections from Verdi's Nabucco and La Traviata, Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, Lehar's The Merry Widow and Wang Lipang's Overture to Dream of the Red Chamber, as well as the traditional "Kangding Love Song."
Miya Yvette Menscher and Wesley Chu Yang Meynen co-host the concert.
Zhang says: "I want everyone to enjoy this event. It's not just for Asian communities-it's for everyone in New Jersey. So I wanted to combine Western music and Eastern music. This whole year I wanted to plan to bring other elements of art into music, and we bring opera into the Lunar New Year program. We will have a fabulous soprano from Rome who speaks Chinese. I think [audiences] are going to be wowed."
Concert tickets start at $20 and include both the NJSO performance and pre-concert festivities. Discounted children's tickets are available in select sections.
Gala event tickets include a post-concert dinner with Zhang and special guests.
Learn more at njsymphony.org/LNY.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Sat, Jan 25, at 7:30 pm | NJPAC in Newark
XIAN ZHANG conductor
CHIARA TAIGI soprano
DASHUAI CHEN tenor
HAO JIANG TIAN bass
PEKING UNIVERSITY ALUMNI CHORUS
STARRY ARTS GROUP CHILDREN'S CHORUS | Rebecca Shen, director
MIYA YVETTE MENSCHER co-host
WESLEY CHU YANG MEYNEN co-host
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LI HUANZHI Spring Festival Overture
VERDI "Sperate o figli" from Nabucco
VERDI "Va' Pensiero" from Nabucco
BIZET "Au fond du temple saint" from The Pearl Fishers
TRADITIONAL "Kangding Love Song"
PUCCINI "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi
MASCAGNI "Regina Coeli" from Cavalleria Rusticana
VERDI "Sempre libera" from La Traviata
LEHAR "Lippen Schweigen" from The Merry Widow
GALA EVENT TICKETS
Jade VIP Dinner Ticket-$1,000
Admission for one to the pre-concert festival, champagne reception, concert and dinner seating. ($715 is tax-deductible)
Ruby Dinner Ticket-$500
Admission for one to the pre-concert festival, concert and dinner. ($265 is tax-deductible)
Sponsorship and dinner table packages ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 are also available. For more information, please contact Laura Bessey, NJSO Manager of Special Events, at Lbessey@njsymphony.org or 973.735.1729.
Learn more at njsymphony.org/LNYgala.