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Friday, May 11, 2018

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s free concerts in parks throughout New Jersey in June and July

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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs free concerts in parks throughout New Jersey in June and July, bringing a family-friendly program of Broadway songs, opera overtures and more to six outdoor venues from Ridgefield Park to Toms River. The NJSO performs free concerts at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, Ocean County College in Toms River, Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park, Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken, Branch Brook Park in Newark and Marine Park in Red Bank.

Rounding out its summer schedule, the Orchestra also will appear at the Giralda Farms outdoor festival in Madison and present “Scores: New Orchestral Works,” a program of new music by the 2018 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute composers, in Princeton.

Patrons can enter the NJSO’s annual photo contest to win a three-concert Compose Your Own subscription for two for the 2018–19 season.

FREE SUMMER PARKS PROGRAMS

Settle in under a starry sky and enjoy glorious Broadway songs and rousing opera overtures with the NJSO! Watch the fireflies dance along to the overture from Crazy for You and catch a glimpse of a shooting star during Rossini’s fiery overture to William Tell. You may even hear a familiar tune from a galaxy far, far away! It’s a warm summer’s evening of the fun and familiar at this summer’s NJSO parks concerts!

NJSO Youth Orchestras Artistic Director José Luis Domínguez 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.

Free concerts take place on the following dates:

  • Friday, June 22, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside (7:30 pm)
  • Tuesday, June 26, at Ocean County College in Toms River (8 pm)
  • Wednesday, June 27, at Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park (8 pm)
  • Thursday, June 28, at Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken (7:30 pm)
  • Friday, June 29, at Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark (7:30 pm)—with fireworks
  • Sunday, July 1, at Marine Park in Red Bank (8 pm)

GIRALDA MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL

Presented by Morris Arts

The NJSO performs at the Giralda Music and Arts Festival in Madison on Sunday, June 24, at 6 pm. Gates open at 4 pm for picnics and activities. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate; children’s rates are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit morrisarts.org/giralda or call 973.285.5115.

SCORES: NEW ORCHESTRAL WORKS

NJSO EDWARD T. CONE COMPOSITION INSTITUTE

On Saturday, July 14, at 8 pm at the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, David Robertson conducts the dynamic works by the composers of the NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, a multi-faceted program that promotes new music and emerging composers. The Institute composers will briefly share the inspiration behind their pieces in an evening that will show the vibrant future of orchestral music.

General-admission concert tickets for Scores are $15 and are available for purchase online at njsymphony.org/scores or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

Additional information about the Institute is available at njsymphony.org/institute.

Full event details for the NJSO’s slate of summer concerts are available at njsymphony.org/summer.

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NJSO SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE

Media Partner: NJ.com affiliated with The Star-Ledger

NJSO AT ECHO LAKE PARK IN UNION COUNTY (FREE CONCERT)

Friday, June 22, at 7:30 pm

Park Drive, Mountainside, NJ 07092

njsymphony.org/echolakepark

This concert is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Blanche M. and George L. Watts Mountainside Community Foundation.

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GIRALDA MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL

Sunday, June 24, at 6 pm

Giralda Farms in Madison

Madison Ave. at Dodge Dr., Madison, NJ 07940

njsymphony.org/giralda

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate; children’s rates are available.

This concert is presented by Morris Arts.

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NJSO AT OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE IN TOMS RIVER (FREE CONCERT)

Tuesday, June 26, at 8 pm

1 College Dr., Toms River, NJ 08754

njsymphony.org/oceancounty

This event is sponsored by JCP&L/FirstEnergy Foundation and PNC Bank. In partnership with Ocean County College.

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NJSO AT OVERPECK COUNTY PARK IN BERGEN COUNTY (FREE CONCERT)

Wednesday, June 27, at 8 pm

199 Challenger Rd., Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660

njsymphony.org/overpeckcountypark

This event is sponsored by Hackensack Meridian Health. In partnership with the County of Bergen, Department of Parks.

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NJSO AT MAXWELL PLACE PARK IN HOBOKEN (FREE CONCERT)

Thursday, June 28, at 7:30 pm

One 11th St., Hoboken, NJ 07030

njsymphony.org/maxwellplacepark

This event is presented by Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the City of Hoboken.

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NJSO AT ESSEX COUNTY BRANCH BROOK PARK IN NEWARK (FREE CONCERT WITH FIREWORKS)

Friday, June 29, at 7:30 pm

Christopher Columbus Dr., Newark, NJ 07102

Fireworks follow the concert.

njsymphony.org/branchbrookpark

This event is presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and the County of Essex and is part of the 2018 Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series.

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NJSO AT MARINE PARK IN RED BANK (FREE CONCERT)

Sunday, July 1, at 8 pm

One Marine Park, Red Bank, NJ 07701

njsymphony.org/marinepark

Presented by the Red Bank RiverCenter.

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SCORES: NEW ORCHESTRAL WORKS:

NJSO EDWARD T. CONE COMPOSITION INSTITUTE CONCERT

Saturday, July 14, at 8 pm

Richardson Auditorium in Princeton

61 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08540

njsymphony.org/scores

DAVID ROBERTSON conductor

STEVEN MACKEY Institute director and host

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Program to include:

JONATHAN CZINER Resonant Bells

NATALIE DIETTERICH Aeolian Dusts

AARON HENDRIX Night Train

BRIAN SHANK Into the Rose Garden

STEVEN MACKEY “Echoes” from Mnemosyne’s Pool

General-admission tickets are $15 and are available for purchase online at njsymphony.org/scores or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

Major underwriting support for the NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute is generously provided by the Edward T. Cone Foundation and Princeton University.

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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.

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 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, currently led by José Luis Domínguez; 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 through the NJSO Community Partners Program.

For more information about the NJSO, visit njsymphony.org or email information@njsymphony.org. Tickets are available for purchase by phone 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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