2020-2021 Masterworks Series

The pandemic thrust upon us last February caused misery and created havoc in the world. Yet from these dark times, we at the NJ Festival Orchestra have resolved to return victorious! Our 2020-21 program defiantly keeps our musical treasures lost last season, presents our perennial favorites and offers a special musical tribute to mourn those lost to the pandemic yet simultaneously honor our frontline heroes.

Our new season is a catalyst for community bonding, reflection, and ultimately celebration as we turn the corner on 2020's tragedies. We hope you’ll join us as we reach for the better times ahead!

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Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 7pm     The Presbyterian Church, Westfield, NJ
Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 3pm       The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ

OPERA’S ULTIMATE ODD COUPLE

The Joseph DeAlessandro Memorial Opera

New Jersey Festival Orchestra brings together two operatic legends for the very first time as Wagner’s monumental drama Die Walküre meets the tragic pathos of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers from New York’s Metropolitan Opera and beyond joins NJFO to present, fully staged, these two operatic masterpieces - an unlikely couple united by the tragedy and trauma of forbidden love.

Program

WAGNER  Die Walkure Act 1

LEONCAVALLO   I Pagliacci

Artists

David Wroe Conductor

Maria Todaro  Artistic Director

Die Walkure

Amber Smoke  Sieglinde

Adam Herskowitz  Siegmund

Steven Fredericks  Hunding

I Pagliacci

Marcelina Beucher  Nedda/Colombina

Jeremy Brauner  Canio/Pagliaccio

Jose Perez  Tonio/Taddeo

Jonathan Ryan  Silvio

T.J. Capobianco  Beppe/Arlecchino

Concert presented through the generous
support of RAY CATENA OF UNION

 

Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 7pm     The Presbyterian Church, Westfield, NJ
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 3 pm      The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ

Return Of

THE HOLIDAY TENORS

Encore! Award-winning tenors, guests and choruses join NJFO to celebrate and captivate with a dazzling selection of renowned tenor and Holiday fare. A family festival of symphonic pops and wintertime favorites guaranteed to make the season merry.

Program

Seasonal songs and music, Holiday favorites and renowned
classics from the classical and popular tenor repertoire.

Artists

David Wroe Conductor

Errin Brook Tenor              

Jeremy Brauner Tenor       

Holiday Choruses

New Jersey Festival Orchestra

Westfield concert presented through the generous support of
UNION COUNTY H.E.A.R.T. and THE WESTFIELD FOUNDATION

Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7pm     The Presbyterian Church, Westfield, NJ
Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3 pm      The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ

ONE HEART, ONE VOICE

A musical memorial. Join NJFO and choruses from central New Jersey to honor the victims of Covid-19, salute the resilience of communities fighting the pandemic and pay grateful tribute to our heros - our healthcare and frontline workers.

Program

VERDI Requiem

Artists

David Wroe Conductor

Kean University Chorus

Pro Arte Chorale

Newark Arts High

New Jersey Festival Orchestra

Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 7pm     First United Methodist Church, Westfield, NJ
Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 3 pm      The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ

RUSSIAN NIGHTS

The Slavic influence in music, whether full-blooded Russian or Central European in nature, has captivated audiences with its brooding, vivid, romanticism. From the roaring Moldau River to the seductive mystique of Scheherazade herself, Slavic music lends itself to stories, simply because it is so evocative. Internationally acclaimed pianist Andrew Tyson joins NJFO to present the thrilling centerpiece of the program: Rachmaninoff’s unassailably epic
Concerto No. 2., surely one of the most powerful works in the
entire piano repertoire.

Program

SMETANA "The Moldau" from Má Vlast

RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No.2

RIMSKY KORSAKOV Scheherazade

Artists

David Wroe Conductor

Andrew Tyson Piano

New Jersey Festival Orchestra

 
 

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CONTACT US

We are always happy to assist you. Concert tickets are available online 24/7. If you need additional information, please contact NJFO via email or call during working hours.

Regular Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:00pm

On Concert Weekends

Saturday, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Sunday, 10:00am - 12:00pm

908-232-9400

patronservices@njfestivalorchestra.org

224 E. Broad Street, Suite 6,

Westfield, NJ 07090

VENUES

The Presbyterian Church

Westfield, NJ

The First United Methodist Church

Westfield, NJ

 

The Concert Hall

Drew University, Madison, NJ

Westfield High School

Westfield, NJ

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NJFO Holiday Programs are made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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