Thursday, October 12, 2017

N J Symphony presents ‘College Night’ at NJPAC in Newark Nov 4

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Special $10 student tickets include exclusive post-concert party

NJSO to provide free round-trip bus transportation from select colleges

Music Director Xian Zhang conducts program featuring Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony; rising star Conrad Tao performs Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto

Sat, Nov 4, at NJPAC in Newark

NJSO with Xian Zhang at NJPAC 008 bow - credit Fred StuckerNEWARK, NJ—The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra hosts its first College Night of the 2017–18 season on Saturday, November 4, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. A special $10 student ticket includes entrance to the Orchestra’s 8 pm performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, as well as a post-concert all-student party with light refreshments and live entertainment.

The NJSO will provide free round-trip bus transportation to the concert venue from select New Jersey college campuses. Departure times and locations will be posted at as buses become available.

Music Director Xian Zhang conducts Beethoven’s enduring masterwork, along with the composer’s Overture to Coriolan. Conrad Tao, a 22-year-old rising star The Philadelphia Inquirer calls “a stunning soloist,” joins the Orchestra for Bartók’s energizing Third Piano Concerto.

College Night student tickets are $10 and include the concert and a post-concert party. Regular concert tickets start at $20. Student tickets are available for purchase online at (using promo code COLLEGENIGHT) or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

The NJSO will host a second College Night this season on Saturday, February 24, at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick. The program features Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland, as well as Brahms’ First Symphony and Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

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Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Sat, Nov 4, at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Xian Zhang, conductor

Conrad Tao, piano

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

BEETHOVEN Overture to Coriolan

BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 3

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

The NJSO also performs this program on Thursday, November 2, at 1:30 pm at NJPAC in Newark; Friday, November 3, at 8 pm at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton; and Sunday, November 5, at 3 pm at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick. Learn more at


The NJSO’s student ticket program offers both flexibility and affordability. Students can purchase individual rush tickets for $10. The Star-Ledger/ Class Pass Unlimited offers access to an unlimited number of 2017–18 concerts for $25. Tickets will be available on the day of the concert, starting 90 minutes before the performance. One pass per valid ID, and one ticket per pass.

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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.

Xian Zhang

Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. 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, 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 community events in a variety of settings statewide.

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

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