New Jersey Symphony’s all-virtual season to launch with Roumain world premiere

Posted on: October 22, 2020

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has announced a virtual 2020-21 season featuring free digital concerts led by Music Director Xian Zhang at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark as well as solo and chamber performances at various New Jersey locations. The season will premiere virtually on October 29 on the orchestra’s website and YouTube and social-media channels, and it will include the world premiere of a new commission by Daniel Bernard Roumain, i am a white person who _____ Black people. That concert also will feature performances of Michael Abels’s Delights & Dances with a string quartet from the Sphinx Organization (violinists Rubén Rengel and Jannina Norpoth, violist Dana Kelley, and cellist Thomas Mesa), the Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, and Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major, K. 136. The NJSO will collaborate with Newark-Trilogy: An Opera Company for a virtual performance of selections from Michael Raphael’s Emmett Till oratorio on November 10; the event will include a dialogue with Trilogy founder and bass Kevin Maynor and Newark community leaders exploring the impact of Till’s 1955 murder and the role of the arts in sharing important stories. Winter performances will feature Antonin Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings; William Grant Still’s Mother and Child; Giacomo Puccini’s I Crisantemi; and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s arrangement of the spiritual Deep River, with Zhang as pianist and Concertmaster Eric Wyrick on violin; and an NJSO quartet in George Walker’s Lyric for Strings.