Review: New Jersey Symphony’s concluding “Emerge” digital concert

Posted on: July 9, 2021

“New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concluded its ‘Emerge’ digital concert film series last week with a presentation of two towering orchestral works,” writes Nancy Plum in Wednesday’s (7/7) Town Topics (Princeton, NJ). “Recorded in Prudential Hall at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center in March of this year, this final installment of the trilogy featured Russian pianist and composer Daniil Trifonov and [NJSO Assistant Principal Trumpet] Anderson Romero performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto #1, also known as Concerto in C Minor for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra. Led by JNSO Music Director Xian Zhang, last Wednesday night’s performance also included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4…. The online concert was accompanied by visual images focusing on nature and wildlife, filmed throughout New Jersey in communities ranging from Newark to Cape May…. Both soloists were visually well-captured by the camera work of director Yuri Alves…. The ‘Emerge’ digital concert trilogy has traced New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s return to a more normal performance mode…. NJSO has announced a live 2021-22 season … The energy and joyousness of last week’s final ‘Emerge’ broadcast was an effective and welcome way to launch the Orchestra back into its live season next year.” Read New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Music Director Xian Zhang’s cover story in the current issue of Symphony magazine.