NJSO 2020-21 season: Beethoven, Sorey, multi-composer horn concerto, “Gershwin and the Sounds of America”

Posted on: February 12, 2020

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 opening program will recreate the December 8, 1813 concert that featured the world premieres of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and Wellington’s Victory, paired with the commissioned world premiere of Tyshawn Sorey’s violin concerto featuring Jennifer Koh as soloist, led by Music Director Xian Zhang. Other Beethoven-themed concerts will feature the Fifth Symphony, Violin Concerto featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich, and Concertmaster Erick Wyrick in all the violin sonatas, performed across three programs. The orchestra’s annual winter festival, themed “Gershwin and the Sounds of America,” will feature Aaron Dworkin’s multimedia work The American Rhapsody incorporating spoken text and music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, plus music by Weill, Ellington, Bernstein, and Herrmann. Principal Horn Chris Komer will perform the world premiere of a jazz concerto commissioned from four composers: Paquito D’Rivera, Vivian Li, Christian McBride, and Gary Morgan. Living composers represented during the season will include Thomas Adès, Vivian Li, Jessie Montgomery, Rene Orth, and Conrad Tao. Fifteen-year-old violinist, pianist and composer Alma Deutscher will per-form with the orchestra in a pair of concerts. The orchestra performs at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, plus five additional venues in Englewood, Morristown, New Brunswick, Princeton, and Red Bank.