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New Jersey Symphony Opens Centennial Season With Yefim Bronfman, Michelle Cann

Music Director Xian Zhang leads two weeks of classical concerts to open Symphony's milestone season.

New Jersey Symphony Opens Centennial Season With Yefim Bronfman, Michelle Cann

The New Jersey Symphony and Music Director Xian Zhang open the Symphony's milestone centennial season with a pair of classical programs featuring pianists Yefim Bronfman and Michelle Cann.

The programs feature contemporary works by composers Jessie Montgomery and Dorothy Chang paired with blockbuster works, including Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto and Brahms' Fourth Symphony. Interdisciplinary elements enhance the performances, with dancers from Nimbus Dance joining the orchestra for opening weekend and poets from the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival giving readings during the second subscription weekend.

For the season's opening concerts, October 7-9, Bronfman performs Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto. The program features Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite-with dancers from Nimbus Dance performing original choreography at the concerts in Newark and Morristown-and opens with Montgomery's Banner.

Performances take place October 7 at 8 pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, October 8 at 8 pm at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank and October 9 at 3 pm at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.

Cann joins the Symphony for Strauss' Burleske for Piano and Orchestra, October 20-23. The program opens with Chang's Northern Star and closes with Brahms' Fourth Symphony. Poets from the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival will share dramatic readings between orchestral works at the weekend's performances at NJPAC in Newark.

Performances take place on October 20 at 1:30 pm and October 23 at 3 pm at NJPAC and on October 21 at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton.

Tickets are available online at njsymphony.org or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

All New Jersey Symphony performances follow safety measures in partnership with the venues and based on the guidance provided by the CDC and the State of New Jersey.

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