Xian Zhang to lead first NJSO concerts since being named music director

Posted on: April 4, 2016

“Technically, Xian Zhang’s tenure as the first female Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra doesn’t begin until later this year,” writes James C. Taylor in Sunday’s (4/3) Star Ledger (N.J.). “But this week’s concerts mark the Chinese-born conductor’s first appearance with the orchestra since the announcement of her appointment last year…. ‘I look forward very much to seeing the musicians again,’ she said last week, in a telephone interview from Milan, where she has been music director of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi since 2009…. Zhang and the orchestra will be playing … two Tchaikovsky works (both his ‘Marche Slave’ and dramatic 4th symphony) with Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto. Zhang says, … ‘It will be very romantic in nature.’ … After this week’s concerts, Zhang returns to Europe for engagements in Madrid, Amsterdam, then back to Milan. In May, she will tour China. After that, she hopes to find a home in New Jersey for her family—she and her husband Yang Lei have two sons. Her four-year contract with NJSO begins in September…. For now her plans are to expand the audience and make deeper connections throughout New Jersey.”

Posted April 4, 2016