Friday, June 23, 2017

NJSO Rain Alert for Free Concert Tonight in Scotch Plains


June 23 free concert moved to rain site at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

Free program features music from Beauty and the Beast, Rodeo, Lincoln, Bruce Springsteen hits and more in ‘Road Trip Across the USA’

Sponsored by the County of Union

Fri, June 23, at 7:30 pm

NEWARK, NJ (June 23, 2017)—Due to inclement weather, tonight’s free New Jersey Symphony Orchestra summer concert—originally scheduled to be held at Oak Ridge Park in Clark—has been moved to a rain location. The free concert will take place at 7:30 pm at Scotch Plains–Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains.

The family-friendly “Road Trip Across the USA” program takes a memorable musical trip from our New Jersey home with a medley of Bruce Springsteen hits through the heartland with John Williams’ moving score to Lincoln, to the Wild West and Copland’s iconic Rodeo, all the way to the Magic Kingdom with favorite music from Beauty and the Beast.

Sameer Patel, associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony, conducts the summer parks concerts, which are an annual tradition that reflects the Orchestra’s commitment to bringing live symphonic music to communities throughout the state.

Scotch Plains–Fanwood High School is located at 667 Westfield Road in Scotch Plains. Parking is available at the high school.

The concert, sponsored by the County of Union, is free and open to the public. No prior ticket reservations are required.

Updated event details are available at


Sameer Patel, conductor

Internationally recognized by audiences and musicians for his musicality and passionate communication, Sameer Patel is one of America’s most exciting young conductors. A winner of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Patel is Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony. He is also the newly appointed Associate Conductor of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, which is the largest privately funded and free-admission orchestra in the United States.

In the 2017–18 season, Patel makes his highly anticipated subscription debut with the San Diego Symphony, leads operatic masterworks with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, and conducts modern masterpieces of the 20th and 21st centuries with the La Jolla Symphony. Past engagements have taken him to the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Phoenix, Toronto, Detroit, Knoxville, Toledo and Jacksonville, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana and Leipziger Sinfonieorchester.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Patel furthered his studies with some of the greatest conductors of our time, including Gianandrea Noseda, Daniele Gatti, the late Kurt Masur, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, and Neeme and Paavo Järvi.

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Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

The NJSO welcomes new Music Director Xian Zhang in the 2016–17 season. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People performances, NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles and El Sistema-inspired NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project). NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs at nearly 200 community events in a variety of settings through the NJSO’s REACH (Resources for Education and Community Harmony) program. The Orchestra’s ECE programs annually serve more than 60,000 New Jerseyans in nearly 21 counties.

For more information about the NJSO, visit or email Tickets are available for purchase by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or on the Orchestra’s website.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors.

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