The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition on a program of Russian and French Romantic music March 1-3 in Newark and New Brunswick. NJSO Concertmaster Eric Wyrick makes his annual solo appearance with the Orchestra, performing Chausson's Poème and Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. The program also includes Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor; Eugene Tzigane conducts.
NJSO Music Director Jacques Lacombe says of Wyrick: "Eric is really a top violinist, and we are very lucky to have him as our concertmaster. He has the qualities of both a soloist and a chamber musician, which is very rare to find. He has such clear vision and instincts, and whenever he solos with the NJSO he really brings the Orchestra with him.
"The two pieces [Wyrick] will perform go back to our season-long tribute to the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth. Wagner had a very big impact on French music-there were both pro- and anti-Wagner composers. Chausson was fascinated by Wagner's music, and we've paired his piece with a work by Saint-Saëns, who was [on the other side] and took a more classical approach."
Performances take place on Friday, March 1, (8 pm) and Sunday, March 3, (3 pm) at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark and Saturday, March 2, (8 pm) at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. A Classical Conversation begins one hour before each performance. Friday, March 1, is College Night-student tickets are $10 and include the concert and a post-concert party. For more information on College Night, call 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).
Tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase online at www.njsymphony.org or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).
LACOMBE CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN & TCHAIKOVSKY
Friday, March 1 at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark + Saturday, March 2 at 8 pm | State Theatre in New Brunswick + Sunday, March 3 at 3 pm | NJPAC in Newark +
Eugene Tzigane, conductor Eric Wyrick, violin New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
BORODIN CHAUSSON SAINT-SAËNS MUSSORGSKY
Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor Poème Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Pictures at an Exhibition
+ Classical Conversation begins one hour prior to the performance (free to ticketholders).
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is concert sponsor of the March 1 performance.
Eugene Tzigane, conductor: Eugene Tzigane is in his third season as Principal Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Germany; he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Poland since the 2009-10 season. He won second prize at the 2008 Solti Competition in Frankfurt, First Prize at the 2007 Fitelberg Competition in Katowice and Second Prize at the 2007 Matacic Competition in Zagreb. He studied conducting at The Juilliard School, where he garnered the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, and completed his studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he was awarded the Franz Berwald Memorial Scholarship.
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