The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will host a free outdoor block party on September 26, immediately following the Sunday-afternoon concert of its season-opening program of Copland’s Canticle of Freedom and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The celebration, held in NJPAC’s Theater Square in front of the concert hall, welcomes incoming Music Director Jacques Lacombe to the community and will be co-hosted by local organizations including the New Jersey Historical Society, NJPAC, the Newark Arts Council, and radio station WBGO. At the block party, food and drink will be available and Lacombe will lead choirs from Newark’s Bethany Baptist and Metropolitan Baptist churches; the Bradford Hayes Jazz Quartet, vocalist Kevin Maynor, the Luisito Ayala Orchestra salsa band, and an NJSO chamber ensemble will also perform. In addition to performances at Newark’s NJPAC, the NJSO performs throughout the season at six other venues in New Jersey.
Posted September 9, 2010